Schedule at a Glance - Mid Atlantic Camp Conference

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Tuesday January 8, 2019

  • Conference Check-in at Registration 12:15pm-1:00pm
  • Opening keynote Kim Aycock 1:00pm-2:15pm 
  • Session 1 2:30pm-3:30pm (4 options)
  • Session 2 3:40pm-4:40pm (4 options)
  • Hot Topic Roundtables 5:00pm-5:30pm 
  • Awards Dinner and Auction 5:30pm-7:00pm 
  • Social Time 7:00pm- on   network, play games and hang out 

Wednesday January 9, 2019

  • Coffeebreak in the Exhibit Hall 8:00am- 8:50am
  • Keynote presentation  9:00am - 10:00am
  • Session 3 10:10am-11:10am (4 options)
  • Exhibitor Roundtables 11:20am- 12:20pm
  • Lunch included - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Session 4 1:45pm-2:45pm (4 options)
  • Closing General Session 2:55pm
  • Conference ends 4:00pm Safe travels, see you at CampCon, and have a great summer

Topic Snapshot

The Importance of Questioning and Observation Skills through NASA's Elementary GLOBE Resources: Developing Young Explorers

Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center

What does NASA look for in future scientists? Two of the most important 21st Century Skills are observing and questioning. NASA’s GLOBE Program develops young scientists by encouraging curiosity through observing nature and posing questions about our environment. Elementary GLOBE resources are designed for ages 5-10 and can be easily modified for older ages. These free resources, including storybooks and hands-on activities, provide a guide for encouraging young scientists.

#Not You Too

Rachel Satinsky, Littler Employment & Labor Law Solutions Worldwide

Concerns about sexual misconduct have grown more acute following the recent wave of sexual harassment scandals, and you don’t need to be a cable news network, a Hollywood production company, a media mogul or a politician to feel the ripple effect from the upsurge of workplace sexual harassment claims.  Camps must be proactive in creating a harassment-free workplace and be knowledgeable about what to do when sexual harassment claims are made as the topic continues to take center stage.

Camp Is a Living Laboratory for the Way the World Can Be

Ruby Compton, Ruby Outdoors

We’ve all said it: “What if the world were a little more like camp?” Let’s dive in and see what it would really be like if the world were more like camp. What can we learn about our industry when we magnify the effects and challenges of summer camp to a global perspective?  Highlights: perspective, clarity, honesty.

Effective Staff Training for the iGen Generation

John Swanwick, AstroCamp and Camp Motorsport

Generation Z or iGen’s as they are known, now make up the majority of our campers and more importantly our staff. I’m sure you’re thinking; “Xennials, Millennials, iGen, why does it matter which generation my staff are a part of?” I get it, you know that your Staff Training works, so why change it? If we want to continue to make a real impact on the lives of children, we need to ensure that our camp beliefs connect to the beliefs of this generation. That connection happens during Staff Training!

Unlock the Door to Staff Retention: The Key is YOUR Staff Culture 

Kim Aycock, Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions

By taking an in-depth look at various aspects of your staff culture including community, communication, support, and appreciation, we will unlock the door to staff retention. These facets of staff culture will be examined from the perspective of new and veteran seasonal staff as they cycle through the different phases of a typical camp year. Seize the opportunity to learn tips from some of the most respected workplaces on Fortune 100’s “List of Best Places to Work” in addition to sharing promising practices and brainstorming new ideas. Leave with ways to create a positive experience for staff that will ultimately benefit your campers (happy staff = happy campers)!

Why is Learning How to Play so Difficult in 2019?

Greg Cronin, GC Training Solutions

Play is an important part of how children grow. It is a universal phenomenon that has been passed down from generation to generation as a societal, expressive, and educational practice. Increasingly over the last decade, many campers have lost their ability to play. Creativity, imagination and unstructured play continues to be a problem for many children. Fortunately, you can be a part of a very dynamic solution.  Come and find out how to meet the challenging demands of summer 2019.

Roundtable Discussion from the Women in Camp Summit

Ruby Compton, Ruby Outdoors

In November, over 100 female camp professionals gathered to discuss what it means to be a female in the camp industry in the current political and social environment. Join one of the Summit planners in this session to hear about the biggest takeaways and highlights from the Summit. All genders are welcome to participate in this Roundtable discussion.

"Hey, what about me?!?" How to Make All Staff Feel Valued

Daniel Shore, George Mason University

Making staff feel valued can come in many different forms and requires a variety of strategies from camp leaders. This session will begin with Daniel sharing the results of a study he conducted at a summer camp in the Midwest (and used for his Master's Thesis) that asked "How does recognizing some staff and not others impact the 'others'?" The session will then evolve into a broader discussion on recommendations for strategies that you, as camp leaders, can use to design a staff culture where staff feel valued and supported by their camp.

A Training Smorgasbord: A Buffet of Ideas to Engage Your Staff in the Learning Process

Kim Aycock, Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions

You are cordially invited to a training smorgasbord guaranteed to satisfy a hearty appetite!  This metaphorical buffet will offer a sample of "appetizers" (ways to get staff ready to learn), a 3-course "meal" (including brain-friendly techniques to present training topics and incorporate movement/visual aids to enhance learning), and a selection of "desserts" (ways to put a flavorful end to training sessions).  Come hungry and leave with ideas (doggie bag included) that will engage your staff in the learning process while indulging them with training methods that will improve retention of critical information.

Designing Your Mission; Architecture and Placemaking to Enhance Your Camp’s Built Environment

Douglas Crawford, Douglas Crawford Architect PLLC

Does your camp’s master plan and architecture reflect the values of your camp?  Developing a master plan for your site that connects with your organization’s goals is a crucial step to ensure investments are purposefully placed into action.  The facilities at your camp, no matter how small or utilitarian, each impact the whole of your mission.  This discussion hopes to provoke the questions that should be asked when master planning and designing your camp’s facilities.

Campers √ Supplies √ Counselors…

Dan O’Neil, Congressional Camp

Libby Rothenberg, Triple C Camp

Cathy Hutchins, Camp Mount Shenandoah

Join three veteran camp professionals on a panel discussion as we dive into seasonal camp staffing. We will discuss the successes and challenges we all face with recruiting and retaining quality staff for our programs. Bring your great ideas and biggest challenges for the whole group to discuss.

Work.  Life.  Balance.  Ready.  Set.  Go.

Sam Bloom, BLOOMing Strategies

These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat. Technology makes us accessible around the clock. Fears of job loss incentivize longer hours. A whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey. The compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.

Is your camp culture unintentionally reinforcing stereotypical gender roles?

Leslie Keller, TIC Summer Camp

Camp is a space where campers & staff feel free to embrace their personal growth in a safe environment, but are aspects of our camp cultures undermining our mission? When camps reinforce to gender norms it strengthens the idea that there are characteristics, interests, & abilities that are limited to a single gender, disproportionately impacting  young women. We'll examine various ways camps lend force to gender stereotypes including programming, gender-coded language, & staff training.

Promoting the Camp Fever All Year Round!

Lee Biear, 829 Studios

Want to do something exciting and innovative with your camp marketing engagement, but don’t know where to start? This session will focus on revitalizing your connection to current campers and extending your reach to ideal future campers.

 You will learn:

  • to identify your secret marketing resources (already in your back pocket) to promote your distinctive camp program and traditions
  • how to build additional marketing assets into your summer program for year-round connection with current campers
  • what a complete, modernized digital marketing strategy looks like to attract new campers
  • where to invest your time and resources to get the most accomplished
  • what other camps have achieved with these success strategies

Creating a Quality Team Building Requires Knowledge and Purpose

Greg Cronin, GC Training Solutions

All too often staff are asked to participate in development workshops that are boring or do not address current issues. This session teaches managers how to construct a meaningful team building that will meet intended outcomes. Transforming staff into a higher functioning team requires the knowledge to properly sequence initiatives. Through an interactive experience we will practice a skill progression model followed by an informative debrief. 

Here they are!  The 10 Ingredients Towards a Successful Summer!

Sam Bloom, BLOOMing Strategies

Here are THE 10 ingredients to success.  The 10 which will bring you the “W,”….the win!  And it comes with a unique formula.  Learn how to manage your staff day-to-day.  Build your team daily!  Teach how to teach your staff to take ownership in their jobs and in camp.  These ingredients will have a huge influence on how successful you will be.