Saturday: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Thoughts, Words & Deeds, Jim Cain 
With our most recent election results it is obvious that we live in a divided country. On college campuses, in communities, even within the same company or family views are divided. This workshop has three components, to get divided groups thinking together, talking together and working together. It takes Thoughts, Words & Deeds to unite us. This workshop has all three of these essential elements. 

Empowering Girls to Challenge Media Messages, Michelle Cove
In her presentation, Michelle Cove, award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS (, talks about how we can help girls understand their true worth, and reject the notion that their value comes from meeting media’s impossible beauty standards. Michelle shares concrete strategies for helping girls and young women think critically about media messages, and using their social media to lift up others. Michelle provides staff trainings for camp counselors throughout New England that empower staff to spark meaningful conversations with campers throughout the summer on these critical issues.

Getting to "Why?"- Evaluating Root Causes of Camper Behavior, Emily Golinsky
Does it matter WHY campers are having behaviors at camp, or does it only matter that we can handle those behaviors? Trick question! Of course the WHY matters! Trying to manage behavior without knowing why a camper is making bad choices is like having a child tell you they won’t eat the camp food, and you responding, “well, wear the green shirt tomorrow then!” Come learn a simple technique for “Getting to the WHY” and see how decoding what you see on the surface is such an essential piece of proactive and positive behavior management. You’ll have a quick, easy technique to teach your staff (or use yourself) which will help (1) accurately and empathetically address the situation in the moment, (2) prevent the behavior from reoccurring, and (3) set the camper up for success in future.

Beyond Oh Deer: Environmental Education at Camp, Erin Kelly
Revamping your nature program or looking for ways to connect your campers to the environment around them? In this workshop we will explore techniques that go beyond just nature games. You will be provided with tools and strategies to build a strong, science-based environmental program at camp and ways to support your nature staff in this effort. While participating in interactive activities you will discover the value of nature play and environmental stewardship. Connect your campers to both nature and your camp at the same time!

Avoiding the Parent Trap: Working with Difficult Parents, Sarah Kurtz McKinnon 
Most camp parents are wonderful, but at every camp, there are a few who are some degree of difficult. From parents who demand special exceptions to parents who are wholly disengaged from their child's development, it is vital that we as camp professionals take a proactive approach when dealing with any challenging situation with a camp parent. This enjoyable (and yes, funny!) workshop will discuss techniques to help you turn your most difficult parents into loyal promoters of your camp!

Establishing Positive Strategies for Maintaining Good Behavior at Camp, Beth Owen-Mishou and Zak Dominello
During this session participants will learn and practice research based strategies to create a positive camp climate. These strategies will enable participants to de-escalate situations and feel more confident about their abilities in tense situations.  By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to respond the essential questions: 1.) How do I prevent and respond to aggressive parents and campers demonstrating potentially dangerous behaviors?  2.) How have behaviors evolved over the recent years and what are red flags to look for? 3.) What behaviors can I handle myself and when should I ask for help? 4.) What role do I have in working to change behavior with campers? 5.) How can I relay the messages learned today to my camp director? What are immediate steps I can take to make a difference in our camp? 

Filling in the Gaps: 25 New and Fun Ideas for Engaging Kids in 'Non-Activity' Time, Steve Maguire
Kids have a busy schedule, even at camp! They need some down time and some free play time, but during those times there are great opportunities for more engagement, fun and even some learning! This session will give you a myriad of ideas that you can use as a foundation for your ‘gap times’ or times between scheduled activities that will help staff build even better relationships with their campers.

Inspiring Patterned Cards, Jen Hargrave
Come see how simple tools like tape, scissors and paper can create inspiring art pieces that you can share. We'll be focusing on learning Iris Eye paper folding, but we'll also transform old photos into unique note cards. Plan to make two to three different projects but leave with ideas for a couple more. All supplies provided.

Part Time Camp Director?! A Roundtable Discussion, Cheryl Oliveira
There is a rare camp director out there that come to camp in June and leave in August. They work at another job during the school year and only work on camp minimally throughout the school year. How does this work for you? How does hiring work at your camp? What about the camp brochure, who sends that out? Come and chat with other seasonal camp directors about the unique challenges as well as the positive aspects that being a part time camp director can bring. 

Why throw it away? Make money from your dining room and kitchen food scraps, John Culpepper
In this workshop the Director of Facilities and the Farm Manager of North County School/Camp Treetops will present an inexpensive in-vessel composting system capable of turning all of your food scraps, including meats, bones and paper, into a stable soil amendment in about 25 days with no vermin, fly or odor issues. This composting system is capable of handling an average of 150 pounds per day, and can be placed within a 40 foot shipping container. A reasonably well-equipped shop can build this unit, with material costs less than $15,000. The sale price of the compost produced can quickly pay for the cost of construction. Participants will walk away with free schematic designs so that they can construct this unit themselves. 

Drumroll, Please! – Rhythm meets Teambuilding, Doug Sutherland
Drum circles help bring groups and communities together. Teambuilding helps groups and communities work and live together. What if you could use teambuilding techniques and rhythms to challenge, develop, and instill a sense of accomplish for your staff? You don’t have to be a musician to make music. You will have to be a team player. Everyone will participate in this rhythmic experience is large and small ways. 

Boosting Staff Mental Health: How Not to Take "It's All Good" at Face Value, Chris Thurber
Because nothing is more important than the relationship between your leaders and the youth they serve, all of your staff need to be in tip-top mental shape. Depression, anxiety, and other prevalent mental health problems can lower frustration tolerance, scuttle restorative sleep, cause staff to withdraw, and impair their judgement. All of which increase the risk of a camper or fellow staff member being neglected or mistreated. Learn how to keep your staff psychologically stable in an unstable world.