2018 Keynote Speakers



Chad Hiu
Chad Hiu
Chad Hiu has served as National Specialist for Diversity & Inclusion with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) since November of 2011, where he provides resources, training, capacity building support, and consultation related to diversity, inclusion, and global engagement, with a focus on building bridges between communities to ensure that all segments of society may access and thrive at the Y. Previously, Chad served as Director of Operations & Youth Exchanges for the International Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, where he led an era of dynamic growth in youth exchanges, strategic collaboration & global education/inclusion programming.

A strategic, effective and passionate Y professional of over twelve years, Chad holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services Administration & Youth Development and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership through Springfield College’s Executive Master’s Program. Chad has traveled to 34 countries on almost every continent of the world, participated in the globally recognized ‘Semester at Sea’ study abroad program, volunteered with the CASA YMCA youth shelter in Tijuana (Mexico), represented the Y-USA in global settings and the World YMCA movement at the United Nations, lived in Hong Kong for two years and served as Teen Director with the YMCA of Honolulu.

Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.

Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

She has received multiple awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award as a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s SOM and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively story-telling.
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate! (Demos Publishing) and parenting activity books focusing on building her 3R’s of Parenting: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Dr. and Dr. Gilboa have four boys together and are happy to call Pittsburg home.


Michael Brandwein
Michael Brandwein
Michael (michaelbrandwein.com) is an internationally recognized expert in youth development in camps, education, school age, and other youth programs. He has made presentations in all fifty U.S. states and on six of the seven continents. He is the number one best-selling author in the camp field, with five consecutive bestsellers on training and leading staff who work with young people: Training Terrific Staff Volumes One and Two, Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say, Super Staff SuperVision, and Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Programs at Camp.

He wrote and presented three EMMY award-winning television programs on communicating with children. He has served on the national board of directors of the American Camp Association and has received two national honors from ACA for his training of directors and staff throughout the world. He is a frequent national and state keynoter at conferences for youth development organizations and educators and provides training for individual camps, schools, and other programs. Michael’s Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Chicago. Michael lives in the Chicago area with his wife Donna, a professional sign language interpreter for the Deaf, and their two sons, who are both educators.

Clark Baker
Clark Baker
In 1970, After serving 3 years in the United States Army, Clark Baker began his fulltime work in the YMCA as Program Director of the Davies County Y in Washington IN. He quickly became the Senior Executive and by 1976 was serving as the COO of Central FL YMCA a position he held until 1982 at which time he became CEO of Chattanooga and Nashville Y’s before being named CEO of the Houston Y in 2001 until his retirement in 2015.

At his retirement he had taken the Houston Y from $68m when he arrived to $135m in the year he retired. While retired from full-time work he is a Financial Development Consultant for the Y if Middle Tennessee.
He has raised some $500mm in capital funds over his 50 years in Y work including building a new camp in Nashville and totally rebuilding Camp Cullen in Houston. He supervised camping in Orlando (Camp Wewa) and Chattanooga (, Ocoee ). The new Camp Cullen was dedicated in 2000.

Clark holds a BS degree from Covenant College in Lookout Mt, Tn in Organizational Management, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from AYP, Person of the Year from the Jaycees, and the Humanitarian of the year from the NCCJ. In 1995 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Center of Philanthropy.

He currently Chairs the Board of St Thomas Hospital, serves on the Blue Ridge Assembly Board, Hospice Board, Chairs the Endowment Board for the Dominican Sisters, and various other non-profits.



2018 Featured Presenters


Kim Aycock
Kim Aycock
Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years in year-round and seasonal summer camp positions and as a middle/ high school and college level educator. She is equally comfortable and effective teaching in a classroom or outdoor setting, training camp staff to work with children, or presenting keynote/educational sessions at regional and national conferences. Kim teaches with sensitivity, creativity, and enthusiasm and has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages.
Workshop Title
Proceed to the Route: Lessons from Siri on Giving Feedback to Gen Z Staff
Workshop Description
Most of us rely on technology to get us from point A to point B; however, there are times the advice “Siri” gives is not helpful at all.  When the unyielding robotic voice mandates “proceed to the route”, what does that mean?  Equally frustrating is not knowing how to effectively communicate with this new generation of staff.  Learn from Siri to mentor and redirect Gen Z staff with specific feedback that aids in successfully recalculating their route to working with campers and each other.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Meaningful Staff Appreciation Is Not “One Size Fits All”
Workshop Description
Showing gratitude to staff is not “one size fits all” as not all people want to be appreciated in the same ways.  Learn to speak a variety of dialects for appreciation and give meaningful and authentic recognition to staff for the valuable work they do without the cookie cutter. A long list of ideas for expressing gratitude (without breaking the bank!) will be shared and added to by participant contribution.  Increase engagement and create a more positive environment for your staff this summer!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Do This, Not That: Put Your Staff Training on a Diet!
Workshop Description
Learn the truth about your current training process and discover the best and worst ways to boost the learning power of your staff. Find out how the brain works and make simple adjustments to your orientation schedule that can reduce overall training time while indulging staff with innovative teaching methods that will improve retention of critical information.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Dr. Jim Cain
Dr. Jim Cain
Dr. Jim Cain is the author of 16 team and community building texts, including the classic Teamwork & Teamplay, A Teachable Moment, Find Something To Do! and his latest book, 100 Activities that Build Unity, Community & Connection. He is also the creator of the innovative T&T Training Cards.

He has traveled to all 50 states and 31 countries (so far), sharing his knowledge on subjects ranging from teamwork and leadership to creative problem solving and trust building. His train-the-trainer programs are legendary and his conference keynotes/playnotes are active, engaging and tremendously fun. With regard to Jim’s group facilitation skills, Tom Leahy of NCCPS remarked, “Jim, you are a Jedi Master!”

Workshop Title
Building Unity, Community & Connection
Workshop Description
Based on the content of Jim’s latest book comes this amazing collection of activities that build unity, community & connection in active, engaging, memorable, effective and fun ways! The world’s best icebreakers & so much more!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Find Something To Do!
Workshop Description
For those moments when you have plenty of people, plenty of space and plenty of time, but no equipment. Jim will show you how to take absolutely nothing and create something wonderful with it.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Teambuilding With Index Cards
Workshop Description
Learn an amazing collection of teambuilding activities that you can lead (and make yourself) with simple index and playing cards.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone

2018 Workshop Presenters


Keith Coss
Keith Coss
Keith Coss is the Vice President of Mission Impact at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. He brings with him over 40 years of experience with the YMCA, having served as a Youth Director, CEO, and COO of both medium and large YMCAs. Keith is a national trainer and speaker and has been the recipient of numerous awards in the field of leader development.

Keith received his bachelor’s degree from Kent University in Kent, Ohio, where he studied Psychology and Sociology; Keith also received his master’s degree in Human and Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green.


Workshop Title
BOLD/ GOLD
Workshop Description
Adventure Begins Here! Be Yourself, Make New Friends, and Experience Incredible Adventures with YMCA Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development. In this session we will talk about beginning your own BOLD/GOLD programs, and learn from existing sites. Through outdoor adventures and wilderness experiences, the BOLD & GOLD program inspires courage and multi-cultural leadership in diverse groups of boys and girls ages 11-18 years old. The challenge, glory, and beauty of the wilderness come together on our exciting adventures, which range from weekend clubs to 1 to 3 week expeditions.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Lynn Moss
Lynn Moss
Lynn is the Associate Director of Development at Camp Sea Gull Seafarer where she has worked for the last 20 years. She served as Executive Director for 12 years. In her current role she is responsible for Alumni and Annual Campaign. Lynn has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia and also worked at Wingate College/University for 12 years before coming to the YMCA.

Workshop Title
Being YOUR best so you get THEIR best: my experience of working with volunteer Boards
Workshop Description
There are a lot of people who are far more qualified and have far more knowledge on the topic of working with volunteers. I am just bringing to you my own experience and learnings. Using real life examples I will share a few things I have picked up about working with volunteer Boards and hope to leave you with several tangible things to take away.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Residential Camp Staff
Audience (Experience)
Veteran Camp Directors / Executives
Jill Moore
Jill Moore
Jill Moore ifs the Executive Director at the Carl Sanders YMCA in Atlanta. She previously served as the Exec at YMCA Camp Thunderbird and has spent 27 yrs speaking, training & facilitating groups. With a diverse background including 12 yrs of Camping & Non-profit Mgmt & 14 yrs in For-profit Employee & Org Development, Jill’s focus includes next gen leaders ages 5-25, service for loyalty & engaging all generations in awareness of strengths & best self development. As a 6 Sigma Black Belt, Jill teaches Quality, 21st Century Learning Skills & STEAM as ways to create excellent processes, stimulate curiosity & create great thinkers.

Workshop Title
The STEAM Deck – Integrating 21st Century Learning Skills and STEAM to Create Next Generations Thinkers at Camp
Workshop Description
Fully interactive, this course will equip camp leaders with the STEAM Deck, a New Back Pocket Tool, aimed to stimulate curiosity and creativity. Campers will make deeper connections to themselves, others and the world around them. Exposure to this way of thinking helps campers expand their journey inside and outside of camp. While requiring no changes to camp tradition or programming, 21st Century Learning skills and STEAM concepts converge in this way of leading and experiencing camp.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Glenn Weaver
Glenn Weaver
Glenn is the senior trainer for Policy to Practice in Youth Programs – an organization dedicated to working with out-of-school-time programs to promote physical activity and healthy eating. He has over 10 years of experience in physical activity and a Ph.D. in physical education.

Workshop Title
LET US Play- A New Approach to Old Games
Workshop Description
Tired of seeing your staff play the same old games? Come learn new ways to modify all the old classics into brand new games. This session will present the evidence-supported LET US Play principles of removing Lines, eliminating Elimination, reducing Team size, identifying Uninvolved staff/children, and modifying Space, equipment, and rules of games commonly played in camp to maximize children’s physical activity. Dress comfortably and plan to be active!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Jessica Tucker & Sarah Feltrop
Jessica Tucker & Sarah Feltrop
Jessica “Tuck” Tucker began her Y career in 2002 as a “utility” player within Teens, Front Desk/Membership, Day Camp, and Y Afterschool. An internship brought her to Alpharetta Y where she developed and grew through her job with sports, group dynamics, team building, and now aquatics, teen and camp. Her passion for team building, group dynamics and fun is actually at the epicenter of all her relationships and job responsibilities. As the Director of Fun (and even pranks) Tuck keeps things light and fun, while holding staff accountable.

Sarah, “The Intern”, Feltrop is the jack of all trades. As a camper, to a counselor, to an intern and her latest upgrade of Camp and Y Afterschool Director, Sarah is able to speak to all aspects of the professional train. Sarah’s degree in Child and Family development helps bring a level of quality and professionalism that helps even out all the fun and mischievousness. Don’t let her professional and sweet demeanor fool you…she is definitely being trained well by Tuck.


Workshop Title
RFB: Raising the Fun Bar with your staff
Workshop Description
How do you retain not only the staff, but the fun level among them as well? In this workshop let’s toss the fun ball around and get it rolling. We will share ideas that have worked and even those that have tanked – How else are you going to learn if we don’t talk about the failures, right?! Innovative ways to raise the BAR will be discussed and fun take away items will be shared!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.

Workshop Title
How to Talk to Kids about Tough Topics
Workshop Description
Kids ask all kinds of things, and difficult important topics often arise. Staff members need to know how to create strong relationships and helps students with challenging questions without crossing boundaries that make them uncomfortable. Keeping the lines of communication open allows students to feel the support they need and provides relief from the stress kids and teens feel to know everything or pretend they do. Dr. G will outline strategies for addressing these questions when they arise- ad for bringing up sensitive issues when needed while keeping a respectful environment.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Jessie Lehmann
Jessie Lehmann
Jessie Lehmann has an innate passion for teaching, performance and speaking using West African drumming as a foundation to inspire joy and connect communities. She was first introduced to the djembe over 18 years ago and strives to maintain authenticity by continued trips to West Africa to learn the drumming in a traditional manner. Jessie has developed unique and successful camp programming using drums and West African songs as a basis for fun and culture rich activities that works for a wide variety of populations.

She currently teaches and performs in the USA and around the world, sharing her love for the drum and her passion for bringing people from all walks of life, together through drumming.


Workshop Title
Group Drumming for Camps: Inspiring Joy and building Community through unique and positive programming
Workshop Description
Drumming is a fun, musical activity full of ways to teach valuable life lessons for people of all ages and abilities. In this workshop we will explore hands-on the benefits of adding a drumming program to your camp; and how to start, grow, and maintain a fun and successful program that campers and staff will love. I will give insights on the potentially daunting tasks of finding the right drums, drum upkeep, and making sure that you have quality lessons and programming that are sustainable. Come have fun, drum a little and learn for yourself why group drumming is such a good fit for camp culture.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Dr. Cole Perry
Dr. Cole Perry
Dr. Cole Perry completed a doctorate in Human & Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cole’s academic expertise is in youth programs for teenagers, and in camps specifically. In the summer, Cole works with the staff leadership team at YMCA Camp Ernst in Burlington, KY. Cole’s research has followed two tracks: the 1st covering developmental psychology of summer camp and the 2nd on how race & ethnicity shape the camp experience. Cole has spent the past 27 summers at Camp Ernst and has enjoyed working with their busy, lively teen programs.

Workshop Title
Race & Camp Roundtable
Workshop Description
This session will make space for camp leaders to think and talk about race and justice at camp. We will discuss how race & racism work and how they matter at summer camp. Topics may range from formal camp and organizational policies to regular programming, staff training, and day-to-day camp interactions. Connections to race in schools and in society will serve as important jumping off points, in addition to actual scenarios from camp. Participants will be able to collaboratively consider racial issues at their own camps and in the industry.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Brandie Le Clair
Brandie Le Clair
Brandie Le Clair, Eastern Region Standards Specialist for the American Camp Association, supports camps seeking and maintaining accreditation and with the volunteers who conduct accreditation visits each summer. She has worked in camping for more than 10 years in various capacities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington and enjoys sharing her passion for camp! She now resides and works remotely in Charlotte, NC.

Workshop Title
ACA Standards & Accreditation – What’s Happening?
Workshop Description
As ACA works to better serve all types of camps and programs, the standards and various aspects of the visit process associated with accreditation are being reviewed and revised. Changes will be in effect for the 2019 season yet preparations for camps will begin in fall 2018. Learn more about these changes, how you can provide input, and what the changes might mean for you. Part of this presentation will also include an overview of ACA website resources, or the Hidden Gems as they might be called and a short general ACA update!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Kat King
Kat King
Kathryn has over 20 years of youth development experience in a variety of settings including preschool, summer camp, after-school, and teen programs. For the past ten years her focus has been providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to out-of-school-time professionals in inclusive programs. Kathryn has a master’s of science in recreation administration from the UNC-Chapel Hill.
Workshop Title
Tweens & Teens: Creating a Culture of Acceptance
Workshop Description
Tweens and Teens deal with a lot of emotional highs and lows; one minute they feel great, the next they feel sad and tearful. Creating a welcoming and supportive environment during these often turbulent years requires intentional planning. This session will explore the physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes that are happening and guide participants to support tweens and teens in their summer camps. Participants will learn to create cultures within their programs that are accepting and provide a safe environment where everyone can thrive.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
In the Bag: Creating A Bag of Tricks for Success with Real World Behavior Challenges
Workshop Description
Who knew?! This highly interactive workshop will prepare every participant to go back and create an effective, portable treasure chest of behavior and sensory supports, referred to as a “Bag of Tricks”. Participants will discover simple and inexpensive items found in any dollar store that can be used to support youth when they are struggling during summer camp. Highlights include a competition for the most creative use of an item and a door prize drawing for a complete Bag of Tricks.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Matt Yarvi
Matt Yarvi
Matt Yarvi began his youth development career 12 years ago with the YMCA of Central Florida, working as an after-school Co-Teacher and ended his time there working as the Program Director of Golf & Learning for a unique program called Links 2 Learning. He now works as an Impact Manager for City Year Orlando, an education based organization, overseeing teams of AmeriCorps members that tutor and mentor students in English and Math classrooms alongside teachers. Throughout his career he has always had a passion for leading others and developing them to be and give their best every day to the students they serve.
Workshop Title
Likeability
Workshop Description
This session will challenge you to think about who you are both as a leader of others and as a co-worker to your peers. Throughout the session we will explore how we can become better teammates and also develop that same atmosphere for those that we lead. This interactive session will require you to come in with an open heart and an open mind as we work together to increase our likeability in the workplace and run dynamic, high functioning teams.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Camp Songs (and Dance!)
Workshop Description
This interactive session will be focused on leading songs with energy and maximizing what you get back from the students in your camps. Come ready to sing, dance and get a little silly as we learn some songs and methods that will help make your camp the place to be for fun.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both


Casey Mull & Kasey Bozeman
Casey Mull & Kasey Bozeman
Kasey Bozeman sets out to make a difference every day as the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in Liberty County, Georgia. She has an MS in Environmental Education and BS in Environmental Science. Kasey is currently earning an EdD in Curriculum Studies. Her areas of interest include working with military-connected families, teaching environmental science activities to youth, and exploring the concepts of creativity and imagination. Her favorite learning environments are outdoors, engaging, and fun. She is a pickled vegetable enthusiast and loves kayaking in the marshes on the weekends. She believes every morning should begin with a good cup of coffee and every evening should end looking at the stars.

Casey Mull serves as the University of Georgia Extension 4-H Specialist for Military Program and the 4-H/Air Force Youth Specialist. Casey earned a PhD in Adult Education, Learning, and Organizational Development. Casey received a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Business. His research interests include community engagement, boundary spanning, and youth camping. Casey is an expert oyster sucker, enjoys a good statistical analysis, and believes that learning can occur in the most unlikely of places. His favorite camp foods are vegetables, like macaroni and cheese.

Workshop Title
Creativity at Camp: SPAM Carving, Bubble Wrap, and Finger Painting
Workshop Description
Ever thought about ways to spice up your traditional camping program but didn’t know where to start? How do you enhance existing activities while still building life skills in youth? Has there ever been a time when you just wanted to do something that was crazy fun? Studies indicate that giving youth the opportunity to play fosters crucial social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Inspired from the movie Patch Adams, we designed a series of challenges at camp that includes a pool of 150lbs of spaghetti noodles. While no noodles will be here at the conference, we will have SPAM carving, finger painting, panty-hose bowling, puzzles to solve, popping bubble wrap, and more! Join the interactive workshop that discusses the concept of innovation, transformative youth develop camp activities, and the value of play as it related to educational settings … plus, you will get to carve SPAM!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Think Green
Workshop Description
We all know the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle. And we’ve heard the phrase “leave no trace” again and again. However, sometimes it can be hard to implement massive “green” changes in camp settings. Did you know that there are little actions that you can take to make your camp more eco-friendly? And no, this doesn’t mean you get to conserve water by not showering! Using The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time as a guide, this workshop will be an interactive dialogue about ways that campers, counselors, and other staff can think green while at camp. Additionally, information about how to teach natural resource conservation to youth will be shared. Come learn all about the easy ways you can think green!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Cecilia Knight
Cecilia Knight
Cecilia Knight, MA, BCBA, is the Director of the Institute of Behavioral Training (IBT). Cecilia is a graduate of Wofford College and holds an MA in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with children and young adults diagnosed with autism, P.D.D., and Asperger’s syndrome since 1996. As the former Director of Training with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cecilia has worked with patients throughout the US, has designed effective training programs for schools and various centers, and has been responsible for training all levels of staff. At IBT, Cecilia leads a team of clinical and administrative staff that is responsible for eLearning, BCBA mentorship, continuing education, Mentorship Manager, as well as internal and external training projects. IBT focuses on in-person and online training programs for anyone whose life is impacted by autism. Cecilia lives in South Carolina with her family.
Workshop Title
Behavior Management; Why does this kid keep doing that?
Workshop Description
Most children with autism spectrum disorder engage in some form of undesired behavior. From repetitive toy play to aggressive behavior towards oneself or others, individuals demonstrate challenging behavior for a variety of reasons. Of course, almost all of the children and teens that we work with can be disruptive, attention seeking, and worse. For some, challenging behavior is a way to communicate with others. For others, challenging behavior provides automatic reinforcement (e.g. enjoyment, self-soothing). In order to treat such behaviors, it is important to identify why behaviors occur and find a more appropriate replacement behavior that still allows that individual to get his or her needs met. This training will give helpful hints as to why individuals engage in problem behavior and discuss how staff can manipulate what happens before the behavior (antecedents) and how they can respond (what happens after the behavior-consequences) to decrease, and in some cases eliminate challenging behaviors. This presentation will briefly review appropriate interventions and will discuss a variety of examples so staff can learn how to successfully manage a challenging behavior from beginning to end.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Quick Tips for Successfully Integrating Kids/Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder into the Camp Experience
Workshop Description
The prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has risen dramatically in recent years and currently 2% of US school children are diagnosed with this pervasive disorder. Therefore, the likelihood of camp counselors and staff engaging with kids/teens on the autism spectrum is very high. It is extremely important for both overnight and day camps to plan ahead for their campers with ASD. Being willing to work to appropriately integrate children and teens on the autism spectrum is the first crucial step. Next, gathering relevant information from parents/caregivers and then providing adequate training for staff is key to camper/staff success. Understanding effective communication methods, having behavior management techniques, understanding the social aspects of autism and planning for emergencies will help staff to be prepared. This presentation will review effective training ideas for staff in order to successfully integrate campers with ASD.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Kenny Mills
Kenny Mills
Kenny Mills is a former YMCA Executive who spent 16 years in the movement. After being called into full time ministry as a Pastor at one of the largest Churches in America, NewSpring Church, Kenny spent 5 years helping lead a campus of over 5,000 weekly attenders. In January of 2017, Kenny moved his family back to Charlotte and started his own Coaching and Consulting firm called “Ruins REBUILT” where he serves Churches, Nonprofits and Small Business by helping them be better at what they do. Kenny is passionate about the areas of leadership and seeing organizations reach their full potential and is excited to have a part to play in developing leaders of the Y movement!
Workshop Title
Leading Leaders
Workshop Description
Most people who are called “Leader” don’t really lead, they just have a position of authority. In this workshop, we’re going to take a real look at leading people, discussing strategies and tools to help you truly lead yourself and others. You are in a position of authority of just yourself or a team of thousands, you need this workshop to take your leadership to the next level – maybe even get it off of the ground!
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
Living Out the Y’s Vision & Mission
Workshop Description
In a world where everyone says the words Vision and Mission, we are going to take a very personal and very practical look at how to truly define these for the Y and to discover how you can personally and professionally live this out.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
How to Effectively Lead & Manage Your Staff Team
Workshop Description
Leading and Managing are two different things. We’ll discuss ways to lead and manage your staff to get the best out of them, resulting in great culture for your organization, incredible programs and a pipeline of leaders that, if invested in properly, become the next generation of full time staff at the Y.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone


Michael Brandwein
Michael Brandwein
Michael (michaelbrandwein.com) is an internationally recognized expert in youth development in camps, education, school age, and other youth programs. He has made presentations in all fifty U.S. states and on six of the seven continents. He is the number one best-selling author in the camp field, with five consecutive bestsellers on training and leading staff who work with young people: Training Terrific Staff Volumes One and Two, Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say, Super Staff SuperVision, and Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Programs at Camp.
Workshop Title
BUILDING BETTER CHILDREN: How to Teach Campers Good Choices & Outstanding Life Skills
Workshop Description
These specific, practical, and motivating techniques and materials teach staff to focus on, communicate about, and develop more positive camper behavior. It teaches exactly what to say and do to teach cooperation, teamwork, communication, respectful behavior, and more. The session identifies key life skill behaviors and values and how staff can practice what to say to make these grow. Includes: “Bonnie” and “DB Search” (identifying expectations); cutting through the most challenging problem children have with self-image; making praise “puke-proof”; and more.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
SUPERB CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR CAMPS: Training A Service-Oriented Team
Workshop Description
Here are specific skills we can use to deliver great service to our parents and campers and how to quickly and powerfully teach these skills to office and other staff in motivating ways, including: the single most important key to excellent service, preventing and handling problems, difficult communication, establishing trust and terrific impressions, and more. Special feature: Michael’s “Why Us?” activity that helps us to figure out how to communicate the best characteristics of our camp and what sets us apart from others.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone
Workshop Title
TIME MANAGEMENT for People Who Don’t Have Time to Take a Time Management Course
Workshop Description
Six simple, practical, highly flexible steps for camp professionals to get more done in better, calmer ways. These techniques are easy to remember and use. Never have a day when “nothing important got done.” Beat procrastination, improve organization, and increase your confidence and calmness in achieving important goals.
Audience (Type of Camp)
Both
Audience (Experience)
Anyone