Featured Speakers - Upstate New York Fall Camp Conference


Meet our Keynote Speaker, Kim Aycock, Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions

Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert.  She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences.  Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations.  

Kim will provide our Keynote address with a follow up breakout session as an additional opportunity to gain even more tools to enhance staff training and build camp culture. 


Two sessions with Keynote Speaker Kim Aycock


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 while indulging them with training methods that will improve retention of critical information.


Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Discovering Staffing Strategies That Work 


Let’s face it!  Yesterday’s hiring practices aren’t achieving the results needed to get staff to work at camp in today’s world.  Stack the odds in your favor for tomorrow by understanding the latest staffing trends and brainstorming promising practices for recruiting and hiring.  Learn initial findings from ACA’s Task Force, Project Real Job, to help overcome the realities of filling staff positions and focus your energy with effective tactics for this year's hiring season! 




Dr. Lonnie SarnellFeatured Speaker, Lonnie Sarnell, Psy.D.

Lonnie Sarnell, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who provides clinical and sport psychology services for children, adolescents, and adults at her private practice in Millburn, NJ. Dr. Sarnell offers individual therapy for a wide range of concerns, including mood disorders, eating disorders, life transitions, and relationship difficulties, with particular specializations in peak performance and anxiety management. Dr. Sarnell provides presentations and consultation to camps and schools related to mental health, performance enhancement, leadership, anxiety management, goal setting, motivation, mindfulness, camp culture, and a variety of other topics. Dr. Sarnell received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from La Salle University after earning her B.A. in psychology at Yale University. Dr. Sarnell has spent 16 summers working at Tyler Hill Camp in various roles, including Lacrosse Director, Athletic Director, Division Leader, and her current position as the Girls' Head Counselor.



Two Sessions with featured Speaker Dr. Lonnie Sarnell


Nixing Negativity: Creating a Culture of Positive Thinkers

From complaining about the weather, to criticizing a counselor behind their back, to making fun of an activity that went poorly, to talking negatively about a camper, some members of your community rarely focus on the positive. Their negative attitude can infiltrate your culture and bring those around them down.  As a leader, you have the opportunity to set the tone and create a more positive culture within your camp. Once you have an understanding of how negativity arises among your staff members, you can create a plan to turn things around.  This session will teach you systems that you can put in place to foster positive thinking styles that will benefit everyone at your camp. By learning concrete strategies for promoting positive thinking, you can teach your staff to radiate positivity and create the best environment possible for your campers.


Can’t Sleep? Strategies to Help Campers with Sleep Anxiety

When a camper has trouble sleeping, it negatively impacts their summer. While their counselors try their best to help, they often don’t know what to do. As the child continues to struggle with sleep, both the camper and counselor will start to feel especially run down. Some campers have anxiety disorders that contribute to difficulty falling asleep, some have specific worries about falling and staying asleep, and some have a combination of both. This interactive session will focus on giving you important information about sleep, an understanding of how anxiety impacts sleep, and specific anxiety management strategies for helping campers with difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.