Friday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Teach Staff to Connect and Communicate Up, Down, and Sideways, Kim Aycock
With so much communication being driven through mobile devices today, it is imperative that we spend time teaching staff how to have face-to-face interactions at camp.  Explore various training methods so that staff can connect and communicate effectively with camp leadership, campers, and each other. Take away techniques to get your staff able to form connections and communicate successfully up, down, and sideways in your organizational structure. 

Creating Your Day Camp Culture, Jed and Roz Buck
Every day camp has its own unique personality. The culture of your day camp is the basis for that personality and helps differentiate your program by defining who you are, what you do, and how you do it. This session will provide a plan for developing a powerful culture and working with your staff to implement that culture within the specific challenges presented by day camp.

Rhythmic Games and Jamming Activities: How to Fill Up Downtime Using Rhythm and Groove, Adam Issadore
In this interactive session, participants will learn how to facilitate activities based on rhythm and drumming. The goal is to have fun by working together to create group rhythm using hand claps, snaps, beat boxing, body percussion and boomwhackers. There will be opportunity for participants to practice leading and facilitating. Come have fun, learn and jam together. Theses activities can be used for teambuilding and creating a stronger sense of community. Introduce these ideas with staff at staff trainings and pre-camp orientation so that staff is able to lead them with campers.

Positive Practices, Scott Lambeck
Positive Practices are strategies used to quickly and efficiently develop a relationship and use total communication with camper that have developmental disabilities but can be used for any camper. These teaching techniques focus on engineering the environment for success through opportunities, choice, independence, having a variety in routine and having a natural flow of meaningful activities. During this session we will cover Behavior Support Strategies including Positive Scan, Selective Attention, and Redirection.  It is important to know that the behavior you attend to is the behavior you teach. Join us.

Leadership & Training. Getting the Most Out of Your Staff Training, Bob Rojee
This interactive workshop will highlight the dynamics of groups, leadership, and effective ways to communicate specific camp messages. Through play and discussions, we will process how to build and deliver a successful staff training. We will process strategies, activities, and educational sessions that will help you and your team deliver a successful training program.

Shockingly Professional Talk: Smooth Responses to Sensitive Topics, Chris Thurber
Young people are curious about everything, so they naturally pose challenging questions to youth leaders they trust. But knowing how to respond supportively and appropriately takes finesse. Using realistic scenarios drawn from Chris’s work with Niambi Jaha-Echols, participants will learn elegant ways to respond to youngsters’ questions about sex, drugs, religion, politics, racism, and stereotypes with respect, calm, and an open mind. Stop blushing and gain some confidence using a combination of conversational and self-reflective skills.

Emerging Risks in 2017 – How to Prepare and Respond Commerce Session, Gary Kimball 
Emergency response planning is an ongoing process, not a one-time activity. As new risks emerge, camp directors are also faced with trends in technology and social attitudes that have a significant impact on how to respond in an emergency. Learn what trends and risks to plan for in 2017. This session will examine these emerging risks in the context of emergency planning and response, including the impact of social media on communicating, top health concerns, increased awareness of sexual abuse and the continued emphasis on security. 

Directors – Know Your Numbers!, Garrett Colgan-Snyder
Do you know basic math…addition, subtraction?  If yes great and if not bring a calculator. What are the key numbers that you look to in order to evaluate your success in a given year? How about over time?  Does “enrollment” really matter? What do you want to know…how does your bank account feel about it? This session will help you become able to answer questions key stakeholders want to know about enrollment, growth, and making ends meet. Know what to measure and how to do it. How much does it cost to recruit a new camper? How much financial aid should you give and when to say yes?Learn some key facts about camps and your own organization that will help you track success of programs and chart likely future outcomes. Basic math + Measuring what Matters = Promoting Your Camp’s Financial Success.

The Power of Play Commerce Session, Phil Brown 
In this workshop, you will experience play as a tool for engaging campers and staff and look into what the latest research indicates about the relationship of play with regards to improved intellectual achievement, physical health and emotional well being.This workshop will highlight some of this research while engaging you in play! This workshop will include: A range of games, icebreakers and (time permitting) initiatives centered on having fun and playing whilst improving our overall health. An opportunity to play with like-minded individuals to help better understand the physical and mental health benefits of play. A look into how active games can be integrated into programs and curriculum. A brief look into recent research into the benefits of play. Come ready to play! 

Finally Focused: Understanding ADHD and the Role of Medications and Nutritional Supplements, Jim Greenblatt
This presentation will provide an overview of ADHD, current controversies surrounding diagnosis, medication use and over-use. This presentation will also discuss the role of summer medication holidays. This presentation will  discuss the increase in diagnosis in children and adolescents and ongoing public concerns with stimulant abuse.