Program in Progress - ACA, Michigan Fall Gathering

All Times are Eastern

 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.         
Registration / Coffee with James Vanden Heuvel and Jarrah Buch from Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
 
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.         
Welcome and Icebreakers
Jalisa Danhof, Camp Newaygo
 
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.          Breakout Session 1
DEI: Who We Are and How We Serve
Chéree Thomas, Co-founder and Lead Trainer,Insight Associates LLC
Understanding DEI is more than a notion. DEI is talked about, yet rarely understood. It is so much more than gathering together a multitude of people and patting ourselves on the back for a job well done. In this session, we will define DEI and discuss its necessity. We will have candid discussion on identity and creating a space that is truly inclusive for campers. An ability to step into a brave space and a willingness to learn something new is required.
 
Digitalization: Connecting Your Brand and Your Audience Online
Kelly Darcy, Digital Marketing Specialist
Digital isn't the future, it's the now, are you where you need to be? Websites, online job postings, reviews, social media, and more are what lead your audiences to make a decision. In this session, we will be discussing the digital connection you have to your audiences and how to convert them to take action. Whether you have an established online presence and want to work on recruiting or improving what you have set up, or you are looking for how to set a digital foundation, this session will get you ready to take the next steps in showcasing trust, safety, and fun to your future campers.
 
12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.             Lunch/Networking/Updates
 
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.                Breakout Session 2
We Are Healthy and Well: Mental Health Rest Stop
Jasmine Hall, Black Millennials 4 Flint, Public Health Leader and Epidemiologist
You deserve good mental health. We all do. Over the past year and a half, the world has carried on despite the blows to our collective mental health from grief, anxiety, and depression to feelings of loneliness. Join us as we discuss the research on our collective mental health during this time, share resources and tools to get us back on track, and engage in a restorative mind-body practice that you can also take back to your campers. Let’s be well.
 
DEI: Who We Are and How We Serve
Chéree Thomas, Co-founder and Lead Trainer,Insight Associates LLC
Understanding DEI is more than a notion. DEI is talked about, yet rarely understood. It is so much more than gathering together a multitude of people and patting ourselves on the back for a job well done. In this session, we will define DEI and discuss its necessity. We will have candid discussion on identity and creating a space that is truly inclusive for campers. An ability to step into a brave space and a willingness to learn something new is required.
 
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.                 Breakout Session 3
The CommUNITY Circle
W. Patrick Smith, North Star Reach
Learn by participating in effective interactive community building activity that is completely adaptable to work with any population your camp serves. This powerful tool can lead to in depth exploration of individual and group connectedness as well as leave a lasting impact cognitively and visually on your camp community. Based on The Unity Project, this simple yet impactful activity will be a camper and staff favorite.
 
Fund Raising and Friend Raising
David Long, Wildwood Ranch
Fund Raising is such a broad and expansive topic, much too large to cover in a one-day seminar! In this session, we will address various types of fundraising ideas and the concept of “friendraising” that allows for organizational growth (and additional volunteers and funds). Come ready to share your thoughts and experience.
 
3:00 p.m.                                       Departure/Optional Tour of North Star Reach