Date: Monday, March 11th, 2019 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $75 per person (workshop includes lunch). Register through our Members Portal
Just as camps choose core values that best highlight their programs and missions, EPIC has values that serve engaged professionals in camping: tradition, spirit, safety & wellness, empowerment and community. Our 2019 Pre-Conference is built to consider how we emulate our EPIC values to elevate not only ourselves but also the camps we proudly represent.
We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Kurtz McKinnon to keynote our day and eager to meet and connect with all camping professionals - from first year summer staff to a full time veteran! Come join us for a day of engaging discussions and networking, created to provide clear takeaways for our EPICs!
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Welcome / Icebreaker (Room 404)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Keynote (Room 404)
Presented by: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, The Summer Camp Society
Young professionals are some of the most powerful people in camping. These are the individuals who set the tone for staff and camper culture on a day-to-day basis, but they’re also the individuals who have the power to steer the vision and values for camp into the future. In this keynote, Sarah Kurtz McKinnon will show this critical group of emerging leaders how the practice of positive deviance will help them get even more kids to even better camps.
12:20 PM - 1:05 PM Breakout 1 (Rooms 418 & 419)
1:05 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch (Room 404)
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Breakout 2 (Rooms 418 & 419)
2:45 PM - 2:55 PM Brain Break
2:55 PM - 3:35 PM Breakout 3 (Room 404)
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM Closing
Breakout 1 Options:
Tradition - How do we lead with what has been set before us and how can we help be the voice to edit traditions when it’s time?
Breakout Speaker: Adam Baranker, Jeff Lake Camp
Spirit: How do we use camp’s inherent spirit to recruit, promote, and retain the right campers and staff?
Breakout Speaker: Ashleigh and Matt Jackowitz, Camp Walt Whitman
Breakout 2 Options:
Safety & Wellness: How do we know what to focus on and who to listen to when there are so many resources for mental and physical well-being?
Breakout Speaker: Robbie Gothelf, Timber Lake Camp and Scott Leonard, Pocono Springs
Community: How do we promote inclusion and camaraderie before, during, and after camp through home visits, team building, and beyond?
Breakout Speaker: Akienyalay Bruce, Project Morry
Breakout 3 for All Attendees:
Empowerment: How do we use our EPIC network and beyond, to elevate our education in the off-season, to help enhance our summer roles?
Breakout Speaker: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, The Summer Camp Society
Sarah Kurtz McKinnon will be facilitating small group work to bookend the day. Participants will join affinity cohorts, gathering with their equivalents from other camps to gain advice and perspective. It is in the spirit of collaboration that we will come back together at the end of our time, empowering one another for this week and for the summer ahead!