Adapting Physical Spaces to Foster Gender-Inclusive Camp Communities

While gender diversity is gaining acceptance in today’s society, trans, trans*, and genderqueer people continue to face barriers to full inclusion in school, workplaces and recreation spaces.

While camps can play an integral role in supporting gender diverse campers and staff, many do not know where to start when thinking about creating gender-inclusive spaces. Often camps get stuck thinking, “We cannot afford to build new washrooms, showers, cabins, etc…” In this session Davin will discuss simple solutions to create gender-inclusive space, with a focus on adapting current facilities.

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Davin Allan

Adapting Social Space to Foster Gender-Inclusive Camp Communities

While gender diversity is gaining acceptance in today’s society, trans, trans*, and genderqueer people continue to face barriers to full inclusion in school, workplaces and recreation spaces.

While camps can play an integral role in supporting gender diverse campers and staff, many do not know where to start when thinking about creating gender-inclusive spaces. Often camps think of space in the physical sense, for example, washrooms, showers and cabins. Of equal importance is the need to create safe and inclusive social spaces. In this session, Amanda will discuss impactful solutions, that are easy to implement and will serve to foster gender-inclusive social spaces at any and all camp programs and spaces.

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Amanda Grassick

Be the Best Newbie: Joining an Organization With Grace

You’ve spread your wings and taken on leadership at a brand new camp. The summer is approaching and the staff you serve are looking at you with healthy skepticism about what you will do with the place that they love most. How will you get them on your side and lead with integrity?

Over the last 5 years, Matt’s been the “new guy” at several organizations. He is excited to share his successes, failures and practical tips for being the most effective at a new place of service. This session is for new leadership/directing staff or managers of those staff.

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Matthew Honsberger

Letting Vision Lead the Way

Having a vision for where you want your camp to be matters. But where do you start and what does that look like?

In this session, we’ll talk about what creating your vision for camp looks like, and we’ll also go over tools and tricks to help make sure that your vision drives everything you do.

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Allison East

Medication Management at Camp

The presentation will cover medication management at camp covering topics ranging from scope of practice, over-the-counter medications, controlled substances, staff medications, as well as other best practice recommendations to make your health staff prepared for summer camp programs.

As a result of this workshop, participants will achieve the following objectives/outcomes.

  • Clear definition from medical industry experts on the definition of a medication and how to accept medications during camper check-in, storage, and track medication distribution during your camp session.
  • How to handle staff medications and how these needs differ from campers.
  • Best practice recommendations for how to handle controlled substances (e.g. herbals, CBD Oil, medical marijuana).
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Michael Ambrose

Mission Control or Chaos? Camp as Learning Lab, Engagement Strategy and Beyond for an Existing Mission-Driven Organization

Getting a new camp off the ground is a daunting task, no matter the whos, whats and whys. Learn from Appalachian Headwaters’ experience piloting a new youth camp (Camp Waldo) at an old coal camp retreat as a new strategy within its mission. Will there be miscommunication? Yes! Will there be conflicts over resources and priorities? You can count on it. There will also be joy, personal growth, and plenty of bees.

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Kevin Johnson

Mythbusting ACA Accreditation

Getting started on a project like ACA (American Camp Association) Accreditation may sound like a TON of work which can feel overwhelming. Let’s face it, outsiders may wonder what a Camp Director does the other 9 months of the year, but we all know we wish we have MORE time. The reality is that you probably have limited time to take on new projects.

Learn more about what it takes to become accredited, the real truth about what it costs, if you’re eligible, and how much time you need to prepare.

*ACA Accreditation is only available for US based camps.

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Davin Allan

The Roadmap to Your Camp: More Than Just a Pretty Picture!

A master plan is a logical road map for implementing operational, programmatic and physical developments that directly contribute to the continued success of your camp. A great master plan lays out the vision and when strategically deployed it engages and encourages project ownership and donor investment.

  1. Identify what key elements should be included in your Master Plan.
  2. Understand best practices for overall site organization.
  3. Recognize how the master planning process can be leveraged to best narrate history, vision and future opportunities.
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Jacqueline Kaminsky

The Consequences and Solutions to Wage Stagnation

Every camp wants to pay their staff more, but few have the resources to do. This presentation will make clear how many of the difficulties camps face right now are related to stagnant staff wages, and go over a number of labor-efficient methods in increase revenue to improve payroll. This discussion-based session will provide answers to improving staff retention and decreasing the cost of staff recruitment.

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Zac Caldwell

Using Non-Camp Resources to Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

This session will help camp professionals think outside of the box and utilize multiple facets of the performing arts world to broaden their abilities and resources in various areas of camp. Covering areas such as creativity, public speaking, and making yourself replaceable, camp professionals will learn to expand their programs by utilizing skills obtained through stage management, improvisation, and play direction.

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Lindsey Sigler