We are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for the 2019 New England Camp Conference!


Thursday, March 28: Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Managing Anxiety at Camp: How to Interrupt Worry in Campers, Counselors, and Parents

Camp is a time to explore, interact, and grow in environments that challenge in healthy and unexpected ways. Unfortunately, none of this sits well with anxiety’s demands for certainty and comfort. When anxious children arrive at camp, they are often ill-equipped to handle what should be a fun and exciting time. To make matters worse, the things we do intuitively to help and console anxious campers actually make the anxiety stronger.

What skills can we teach campers to handle worry? How do we model an active approach to worry (and emotional management in general) that promotes success at camp, and serves to prevent anxiety and depression in the future? This skill-based presentation describes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns--including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance—and helps change both children and adults’ engrained patterns of thinking and behaving.


Saturday, March 30: Erika Petrelli Bayh

Finding The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary 

In the field of youth work, it’s easy to get burned out and simply stop seeing the extraordinary in the work that you do and the youth you serve. Don’t lose sight of the unique gifts you offer to youth development and how you are exceptionally equipped for the role you have. Re-discover the extraordinary—first within you, and then within the world around you.  

About the speakers:


Lynn Lyons, LICSW


Erika Petrelli Bayh

Lynn is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and author with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach focuses on teaching families how anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. She is a popular keynote speaker at national conferences and sought-after expert on the subject of anxiety, appearing in the New York Times, NPR, Psychology Today, and Time. Lynn is the author of three books and two DVD programs for parents and children. She maintains a private practice in Concord, N.H. where she sees families when not on the road.


Erika is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika's been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she had the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. She blogs weekly, and wrote an interactive journal, "On Wings & Whimsy," available for sale on Amazon. Erika lives in Indiana.