Featured Speakers - Camp Now, Wine Later

Kim AycockKim Aycock, Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions

Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience developing young people with skills robots are unable to do. While blending the talents of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert, Kim ignites the learning for varying levels of campers and staff worldwide. She has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations. Kim speaks professionally at regional and national conferences, presents webinars, contributes regularly to Camping Magazine and ACA blogs, and serves as Co-Chair of ACA’s Project Real Job Committee. More information can be found at: www.kimaycock.com.    

Kim will provide two plenary sessions to help you recruit, train and retain the very best staff.

Meet Staff Where They Are Rather Than Where You Wish They Would Be

Unanswered emails. Requests (demands) for time-off. Over-involved parents. What’s the matter with young people today? Most likely nothing! We have more in common with this cohort of staff than one might think; their needs are just expressed differently. We have an opportunity to communicate that we are in touch with the times and yet have a handle on timeless wisdom. Recruit staff by demonstrating that we understand the perspectives of those we hope to hire without compromising important vision, values, and views.

For the second part of this session, novel recruiting and hiring ideas generated from facilitating staffing think-tank sessions around the country will be shared. Time will also be built into the schedule where Kim will guide a collaborative discussion and utilize lessons learned from recruiting efforts of those in attendance. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange on-the-ground strategies that have been tried or are being considered. Notes will be compiled and distributed post-event.

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

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 (even the ones with short attention spans) while indulging them with training methods that will improve retention of critical information. It’s never too early to start planning staff training…you’ll be glad you did!

Please bring last year’s staff training schedule with you if possible…extra credit if you bring your plan for 2020!


Casey WilliamsCasey Williams, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Casey is an employment litigator and nonprofit business attorney, based in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s San Francisco office. Her dynamic practice is focused on helping mission-driven organizations achieve their goals while staying compliant and working through complex disputes.

Casey is an experienced employment litigator, with trial, mediation, and pre-litigation experience. She regularly counsels clients on wage and hour, discrimination, disability, and leave matters. She also loves drafting employment documents such as handbooks, termination letters, and releases, as well as advising on discipline, investigations, and wage and hour compliance. Her representative litigation work includes drafting motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss, handling all facets of discovery, including e-discovery, and facilitating successful resolutions.

In addition to serving as employment counsel, Casey also assists nonprofits with their unique business needs. This work includes guiding nonprofits through corporate formations, tax-exemption applications, corporate governance matters, and nonprofit dissolutions. She regularly reviews and drafts contracts for nonprofits, including grant agreements, resource sharing agreements, fiscal sponsorship agreements, corporate sponsorship agreements, and licensing and intellectual property related agreements. In addition to employment issues, she also advises boards and executive directors on protecting intellectual property, working with volunteers, engaging in lobbying activities, and managing grant relationships.  

New Governor, New Laws: a Look at Key Legislative Changes Affecting Camps

Casey will update us on AB 218 and the many laws that have a direct impact on camps and youth serving organizations.