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-10/26/2021

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Sponsor Gallery

10/26/2021 9:00 AM

Get discounts! Enter drawings to win prizes! All at your fingertips. Learn about the great products and services our sponsors provide. Thank our vendors and sponsors for their support by scheduling a demo. Visiting their websites or watch a promotional video. Let them know you saw them at the ACA, Southeastern Fall Camp Conference!

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Tuesday, October 26

-10/26/2021

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Tuesday, October 26

10/26/2021 9:00 AM
Welcome to the 2021 Southeastern Fall Camp Conference! We are so glad you are taking the time to join us this year as we celebrate our theme of Regroup, Rejoice, and Rejuvenate’. We hope you can find time for all of these as you soak in all that the beautiful city of Greenville, SC has to offer and the multitude of educational sessions, social events, and professional networking that can be found at the conference. This conference is made possible by the hard work and dedication of a fantastic group of camp professionals. The committee has worked hard to create an unparalleled educational opportunity for everyone. If you need anything, please feel free to find one of the faces below. Have a wonderful week!

Registration Open - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Breakout & General Session Seating

Out of courtesy to the speakers and other attendees, we ask everyone to practice “mindful seating” that takes into consideration both social distancing and the varying comfort levels of others – whether known or unknown. In that spirit, we recommend checking-in with your neighbor before taking a seat. In addition to maintaining 6 feet of distance, consider asking those already seated if it’s okay for you to join them or whether there’s enough distance. If you are attending with others from your camp or organization, consider regularly sitting together while being mindful that solo attendees may ask to sit nearby at a safe distance. This shared mindfulness will help us be kind and clear with one another when it comes to seating.

Conference Newcomers' Orientation

-10/26/2021

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Newcomers' Orientation

10/26/2021 2:15 PM
We’re so glad y’all are here! Welcome to the Southeastern Fall Camp Conference, where you’re already family. This “how-to-conference” session is the perfect place to meet other attendees, learn more about the conference program, educational sessions, and social opportunities. We’ll share some conference pro-tips and answer questions to make this a smooth, engaging, and enjoyable few days together in Greenville. Everyone is welcome — not just newcomers!

Location - Palmetto Club

Opening Keynote with Drs. Chanika Perry & Lance Ozier - Doral / Pinehurst Ballroom

General Session -10/26/2021

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Living Color: Racial Identity Development at Camp

10/26/2021 3:00 PM
While utopian in nature, camps do not exist in a bubble or vacuum without the ills and -isms of the world that plague us. We mistakenly assume at times that racism and race are synonymous, and we avoid conversations, activities, and practices that center race within our camp community. Dr. Ozier and Dr. Perry will lead an engaging conversation about the need for change and ways we can embrace our camps as places and spaces pivotal to healthy racial identity development.

Location - Doral / Pinehurst Ballroom

A camp’s job is to teach and to help young people make sense of the world around them. Counselors and camp professionals must enable campers to become critical thinkers and leaders who can understand different perspectives with empathy. This is more important than ever, which makes talking about race with children an essential component of summer and year-round camp programming. In anticipation of our opening keynote, we invite you to read Continuing the Race Conversation at Camp by Chanika R. Perry, EdD, and Lance W. Ozier, EdD in the current issue of Camping Magazine.

Dr. Chanika R. Perry has been working in the fields of youth development and education since 2000, becoming a certified English teacher in 2004. Throughout her career thus far, she has occupied a variety of positions ranging from a camp counselor and IB English Literature teacher to a high school principal. After 11 years working in the New York City Department of Education, Chanika returned to Georgia in 2015 as a high school administrator serving Atlanta Public School students and families. She now serves metro Atlanta as the Director of Education Programs with Hands On Atlanta. A proud, unapologetic nerd, Chanika has five degrees: a BA in English Literature from her beloved alma mater, Agnes Scott College; an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University; and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.

Dr. Lance Ozier has over 20 years in the fields of youth development and education. A certified teacher, Lance began teaching first grade in Atlanta public schools before working in middle and high schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He also spent 15 years on the staff of Project Morry, a nationally recognized not-for-profit summer camp and youth development organization. Dr. Ozier earned his MA in sociology and education policy, as well as his EdM and EdD in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since 2017, Dr. Ozier has taught courses in the CUNY Youth Studies Program, and he has been on the faculty of CCNY since 2009. He's also been an instructor at Teachers College and Bank Street College of Education.

State Meetings

Networking -10/26/2021

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State Meetings

10/26/2021 4:45 PM

Did you know that your state has an advocate on our Local Council of Leaders? Come meet your State Rep and network with other professionals from your area! Navigate the conference with your neighbors, and meet new ones along the way. Plus, find out all the great ways you can Regroup, Rejoice, and Rejuvenate after the conference with events happening in your specific state - from social events to professional development, to camp tours, to camp advocacy opportunities.

Locations:

Florida - Spartanberg / Florance 

Georgia - Charleston / Columbia

South Carolina - Bay Hill / Port Royal / Homestead

North Carolina - Palmetto Club

Puerto Rico & All Other States - Doral / Pinehurst Ballroom

 

Wednesday, October 27

-10/27/2021

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Wednesday, October 27

10/27/2021 7:30 AM

Registration Open - 7:30 am - 3:45 pm

Breakout & General Session Seating

Out of courtesy to the speakers and other attendees, we ask everyone to practice “mindful seating” that takes into consideration both social distancing and the varying comfort levels of others – whether known or unknown. In that spirit, we recommend checking-in with your neighbor before taking a seat. In addition to maintaining 6 feet of distance, consider asking those already seated if it’s okay for you to join them or whether there’s enough distance. If you are attending with others from your camp or organization, consider regularly sitting together while being mindful that solo attendees may ask to sit nearby at a safe distance. This shared mindfulness will help us be kind and clear with one another when it comes to seating.

Affinity Group: Learning Spaces for Developing Racial Literacy

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Affinity Group: Learning Spaces for Developing Racial Literacy

10/27/2021 9:00 AM
As a follow-up to their keynote conversation, Dr. Chanika Perry and Dr. Lance Ozier will lead a workshop for camp professionals who are interested in developing spaces in their communities for shared learning and understanding about race and racism. The goal of this session will be to deepen the exploration of racial identity in order to dismantle white supremacy in camps. Participants will engage in conversations that will model "affinity group" and "learning space" techniques for healthy racial identity development for white and people of color.

Location - Doral / Pinehurst Ballroom

Dr. Chanika R. Perry has been working in the fields of youth development and education since 2000, becoming a certified English teacher in 2004. Throughout her career thus far, she has occupied a variety of positions ranging from a camp counselor and IB English Literature teacher to a high school principal. After 11 years working in the New York City Department of Education, Chanika returned to Georgia in 2015 as a high school administrator serving Atlanta Public School students and families. She now serves metro Atlanta as the Director of Education Programs with Hands On Atlanta. A proud, unapologetic nerd, Chanika has five degrees: a BA in English Literature from her beloved alma mater, Agnes Scott College; an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University; and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.

Dr. Lance Ozier has over 20 years in the fields of youth development and education. A certified teacher, Lance began teaching first grade in Atlanta public schools before working in middle and high schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He also spent 15 years on the staff of Project Morry, a nationally recognized not-for-profit summer camp and youth development organization. Dr. Ozier earned his MA in sociology and education policy, as well as his EdM and EdD in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since 2017, Dr. Ozier has taught courses in the CUNY Youth Studies Program, and he has been on the faculty of CCNY since 2009. He's also been an instructor at Teachers College and Bank Street College of Education.

Cabin Campers: Super Glue or Crazy String?

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Cabin Campers: Super Glue or Crazy String?

10/27/2021 9:00 AM
Which do most of your cabin groups look like? Super glue bonded, tight-knit, and BFFs? Or Crazy String wild, individuals, who happen to be sharing space? While some cabins might seem to magically meld, building relationships takes skill and intention. The good news is that with some forethought and planning, staff can help cabin mates connect, fit in, and belong to one another - a real superpower of camp!

Location - Greenbrier

Dr. Deb Jordan, East Carolina University

Deb is a professional educator who has been teaching and conducting staff training workshops for a variety of organizations for over 35 years. She has made over 135 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels as well as written textbooks in the field of parks and recreation. Much of Deb's work is related to leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; program evaluation; and ethics. Deb also serves as the Co-Chair of ACA's Staff Recruitment and Retention Committee.

 

Camp - School Partnerships

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Camp - School Partnerships

10/27/2021 9:00 AM
Camps Over! Now what do we do? this session will focus on how to make connections with your school districts, and how to write lessons that will attract classes to your facility. We will also discuss how to shift gears from summer camp to year-round programming by keeping some of your summer staff as an education team.

Location - Harbour Town / King's Mill

Janice Kreber, Camp Director, FWC/Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

Janice Kerber has been a classroom teacher for 20 years and has worked in the camping industry for most of her adult life. She has been the director of the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp for 16 years.

Devyn Hamann, Assistant Camp Director, FWC/Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

Devyn Hamann grew up at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp and started working as a group leader in 2014.  She has been part of the camp staff for 8 summers and became a fulltime assistant director in May of 2020.

Dark Skies at Camp

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Dark Skies at Camp

10/27/2021 9:00 AM
One of the unique qualities of your camp you might be overlooking is the darkness of your night sky. We'll show you how to take advantage of a dark sky site with simple activities you can use to engage campers with the stars using minimal and inexpensive tools. We'll also show you how you can adapt your site to meet the criteria of an International Dark Sky Park as recognized by the International Dark Sky Association. Sites with this designation are rare and create their own allure and appeal. It's not just the stars that shine brighter in a dark sky site. Strategically embracing the darkness can also increase the health and wellbeing of humans and wildlife, increase safety, lower energy costs, and inspire campers to engage with the sky and the influence it has had on humanity's past and future.

Location - Spartanburg / Florance

Timothy DeLisle, Director of Software Engineering, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Timothy DeLisle is PARI's Director of Software Engineering.  He has been part of the leadership for PARI's camp programs for eight years and sees the outreach, education, and experiences PARI offers as the true primary role of his job.  He has served as an Astrophysics instructor for Duke University's summer camps.  He has tutored in Computer Science at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has been writing curriculum for STEM education since 1999.  His focus in software development is creating vibrant, dynamic, intuitive user interfaces for complex instruments, and data visualization that helps to highlight the story a researcher seeks to tell with their data.
Melanie Crowson, Director of Education and Astronomy, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Melanie Crowson is PARI's Director of Education and Astronomy and has a MS in Astrophysics from American Public University where she was part of the leadership of their astronomy club and chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).  She has a strong background in both optical and radio astronomy and has a flair for bringing excitement and accessibility to difficult and complex topics in astronomy and astrophysics.  She has served as staff for observatories, planetariums, and science centers throughout her career and has a passion for sharing the universe with learners.

Preparing and Implementing Plans to Promote Safe Youth Programs During and After the Pandemic

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Preparing and Implementing Plans to Promote Safe Youth Programs During and After the Pandemic

10/27/2021 9:00 AM
In this session, we will discuss the process for developing safety plans templates, exception requests, and review processes for face-to-face programming, implementation considerations, and key partnerships for programs operating during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will discuss the topics of COVID-19 progressive planning, resources for developing safety plans related to COVID-19 functions, policy and process development, process management, and partnership management. Participants will receive information and resources, and we will assist participants as they work on their own processes and plans.

Location - Bay Hill / Port Royal

Sandy Weaver, Manager of Youth Program Compliance, Penn State University

Sandy Weaver, MS, is the Manager of Youth Program Compliance at Penn State University. Her position is in the Office of Ethics and Compliance, and she is responsible for coordinating compliance with the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law and university policies that impact employees, volunteers, and minors who participate in a variety of university youth programs across the Commonwealth.  Sandy earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from Mansfield University of PA and her M.S. in Psychology from Shippensburg University of PA.

David Chupak, Director of Youth Programs: Registration, Safety Assurance, and Education, Michigan State University

David Chupak is the Director of Youth Programs: Registration, Safety Assurance, and Education at Michigan State University, a role for which he was appointed in November 2017. In his role, David is responsible for promoting compliance of the youth programs at MSU with the University's operational requirements for conducting youth programs, training and developing Youth Program directors, and communicating relevant MSU policies, best practices, and tools to MSU Youth Program directors. David earned his B.S.Ed. in Integrated Language Arts from Kent State University and his M.A.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from at Michigan State University. David is also a Ph.D. student in Michigan State University's Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Exhibit Hall -10/27/2021

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Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Snack & Coffee Break

10/27/2021 10:15 AM
In between sessions don’t forget to stop by and check out our awesome sponsors and exhibitors! This conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors so please be sure to stop by and thank them!

Location - Atrium Promenade

stickersandmore.com - Sponsor

Since 1995, we've been helping camps,  Not-For-Profit organizations, and businesses nationwide brand and market their organizations with quality stickers, banners, apparel, design & much more at competitive pricing with ethical business practices. Building a platform to earn our client's trust long after the first sale….. plus free shipping and setup nationwide!

OUTFIT YOUR LOGO - Sponsor

Over 20 years camps in every state have relied on us for the most comprehensive line of quality imprinted items developed exclusively for CAMPS! Retail items, promotional products, gift baskets, free artwork creation, state-of-the-art online ordering! Hopelessly devoted to outfitting camps!

UltraCamp - Sponsor

Ultracamp combines the functionality of online registration with payment processing, form collection, reporting tools, medical logging, point of sale software, and many other exciting features, into a comprehensive, low-cost package. Plus, we provide all the training and reliable technical support you need to feel confident using UltraCamp at no additional cost. Contact an UltraCamp team member today and join hundreds of other camps already saving time and money with UltraCamp.

Camp Testing - Sponsor

Camp Testing, bringing campers back to camp safely.
Camp Testing is your partner in providing accurate, affordable, and accessible testing to assist with this important undertaking.

Trinity/HPSI - Sponsor

Trinity/HPSI is a national purchasing group offering free membership. We have been providing camps discounts with a large network of vendors since 2005 and are the official GPO partner of the ACA. Members get free access to aggressive pricing contracts with a portfolio of 15 different food distributors to choose from. Food is the top area of savings for ACA member camps who are participating in the Trinity/HPSI program. Beyond food service, we provide free access to discounted pricing from national vendors in other industries including Lowe’s, Ferrellgas, Suburban Propane, Grainger, HD Supply, Direct Supply, Staples, Office Depot, John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, HD Pro Institutional, Network Services, Ecolab, and many more. There is no cost to join Trinity/HPSI, no membership dues or fees, and no obligation. Come see us in the vendor hall to learn how to participate! 

DOMOKUR | ARCHITECTS

Domokur Architects specializes in the planning, design, and construction of camps and retreat centers throughout the United States.  We bring your dreams to life, from visioning to master planning, architectural design to construction.  With years of hands-on experience in the industry, we speak your language.  Our comprehensive design process ensures timely outcomes that resonate with your stakeholders.  We’ve partnered with over 450 camping and recreational facilities to develop long-lasting relationships and first-class facilities that flow and respond naturally to their program and their specific site.

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Guaranteed lowest prices and utmost of service for any/all promotional type products.

Action Play Systems LLC

Action Play Systems focuses on playground accessories such as playground borders, ADA ramps, GaGa Ball Pits, swing/slide wear mats and more. Our 8" and 12" playground borders feature our patented surfacing guide. Additionally, Action Play Systems offers two universal ADA/Wheelchair Accessible ramp systems. Both are designed to provide ADA access to playgrounds. Action Play Systems is a wholesale company only and does not sell direct to the end user. If you are a School, Church, Daycare, Municipality looking for new playground equipment please contact us today and we'll be happy to get you in touch with one of our nationwide dealers.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center is proud to be one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, with over 120 land and river-based itineraries spanning ten distinct locations in four southeastern states. NOC offers a wide range of outdoor adventures for any ability level and is home to the renowned Paddling and SOLO Southeast training schools.

Camp College & More

Camp College & More is a one-stop resource for families who are looking for customized camp items, both essentials and accessories, that create a space that "feels like home" for their child. CC&M only provides the highest quality trunks and bedding and other personal items that are beautifully designed to last long after camp is over. Customer service is their top priority as each camper creates a coordinated collection of items that is useful, durable and uniquely their own. 

This End Up Furniture Co Inc.

This End Up Furniture Company has one basic principle: to design and build solid wood furniture that is made to last. We are a leading provider of quality, long-lasting furniture to camp, conference and other contract markets. This End Up Furniture is designed to be versatile, making it easy to find pieces that fit your needs. We use the highest quality kin-dried, Yellow Pine with an active reforestation program. We would like the opportunity to show you how This End Up can meet your camp needs. 

Jolly Quill Promotional Marketing

Your Brand, Our Products - Are you tired of dealing with inventory, multiple vendors, and fulfillment hassles but still want to offer branded merchandise to your campers year-round? Keep your brand alive by creating an online store with Jolly Quill. At Jolly Quill we think we have a better idea. We'll work together to build your online camp store. We do the work; you reap the benefits. 

CampSite

CampSite is a comprehensive camp management software designed to help camp directors run their best camps! Offering the latest technology, frequent product updates and expert support, we strive to be your one-stop camp management solution. CampSite is preferred by camp directors all over the country!"

Signature Research, Inc./Nature Outfitters

Signature is a global full-service design/build Aerial Adventure company serving clients since 1979 and Professional Vendor Members of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.  A full line of outdoor equipment sales is provided through our Outdoor Outfitter store, "Nature Outfitters." 

Progressive Graphics

Since 1989, we have been supplying top-quality clothing and promotional items to camps. Choose from our extensive selection of catalog designs or we can create something based on your idea, concept of photo. We are a longtime supporter of ACA, as well as other Camp Organizations. 

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

Get a second opinion on your specialized insurance needs. Our extensive experience in safeguarding camps and campers has given us the ability and expertise to offer a series of unique programs and specially designed coverages. Select and qualified camps are eligible for this special program.

Hellbender Paddleboards

Work with our custom board experts to find or design the SUP that suits your dreams best. We believe paddle boarders are a family, and we want you to be a part of our family. It’s all about fun!

Pigeon Networks 

Pigeon uses a fitness band and a mobile app to bring a new level of security to camps while improving engagement and efficiency. With Pigeon, your team knows who is checked-in, their precise location, designated authorized pick-ups, and meaningful camper info to help them engage. Parents receive camp notifications via text, reducing phone calls and streamlining family communication. Pigeon's embedded gamification lets you create meaningful goals that parents will share socially.

A Conversation about a Summer of Firsts: Director, Seasonal Leadership, Staff

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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A Conversation about a Summer of Firsts: Director, Seasonal Leadership, Staff

10/27/2021 10:45 AM
Join us for a lively discussion about the summer of “firsts” for this dynamic panel of leaders. MK’s first summer as a director, GC’s first summer on the leadership team, and McKenzie’s first as a staff member. We will share lessons learned, reflections made, and answer your questions.

Location - Charleston / Columbia

Mary Katherine King, Hospitality and Retreat Coordinator , South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers

Grace Caroline Bell, Leadership Team and PRTM Student, YMCA Camp Cherokee and Clemson University

McKenzie Maffett, Intern and Clemson PRTM Student, Camp Kudzu and Clemson University

Happy Staff, Happy Campers

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Happy Staff, Happy Campers

10/27/2021 10:45 AM
Hiring and retaining quality staff means providing quality accommodations, right? This may not be true for those vested alumni staff who decided to return after countless summers as a camper, counselor, and now staff member, but for future recruitment and retention let's dive into some best practices when it comes to staff housing.

Location - Palmetto Club

Courtney Mason, Domokur Architects

Courtney is our office “effervescence”! She defines our office culture with her ability to cultivate relationships with ease. Her energy and expressive nature makes the office an enjoyable place to work. She fully understands that when we are happy staff, we are “Happy Campers.”

Michael Tabeling, Domokur Architects

Michael is a registered architect with more than 35 years of experience in the management of public and private projects of all sizes. Michael's primary tasks include administering contractual obligations and staffing across the entire project design team, including consultants, as well as overseeing administrative communications between the team and the Owner. He has provided services for 80+ public and private institutions.

Oh No!!!! Not the "B" word; How to Deal with Behavior at Camp

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Oh No!!!! Not the "B" word; How to Deal with Behavior at Camp

10/27/2021 10:45 AM
This session will describe how to assess, develop and implement behavior management for your camp and staff. Discuss topics and tips of behavior management for your program and give strategies to implement for your program. Such topics will include Homesickness, participation; cussing and negative language; bullying; aggression, etc.

Location - Harbour Town / King's Mill

Cory Greene, Talisman Summer Camp

Turning MEN into MENtors: A Discussion on Recruitment & Retention

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Turning MEN into MENtors: A Discussion on Recruitment & Retention

10/27/2021 10:45 AM
This session will highlight one of the trickiest challenges within summer learning. We will focus on the lost art of inclusion of men of color within the summer learning field and learn how to improve recruitment and retention with male staff. How do we inspire younger campers to see a path to become counselors? We will explore different motivational approaches to engage and sometimes re-engage males who may be interested in becoming a part of something special.

Location - Bay Hill / Port Royal

Jamal Stroud

Jamal Stroud is the Mentor and Outreach Manager for Camp HOPE America. He has a BA in Social Science from Allen University and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Jamal has over a decade of experience working with nonprofits, at-risk youth, and both children and adults with disabilities. He is devoted to assisting others on their growth path and creating awareness to improve hope and healing.
In 2017, Jamal founded Big Homie Lil Homie (BHLH), a nonprofit mentoring program for young boys growing up without father figures. Jamal is also a motivational speaker who prioritizes children and overall improvement of character. He was featured on The Ellen Degeneres show for his continuous community service and advocation for youth.

University Collaborations, Who Knew?

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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University Collaborations, Who Knew?

10/27/2021 10:45 AM
Do you know where your youth programs are hosted on your campus? Which youth program is housed where? Are there new programs your university is unaware are taking place? This presentation will help you learn how to have successful university collaborations to ensure minors are safe while participating in programs on your campus.

Location - Spartanburg / Florence

LeeKeshia Williams, Youth Protection Program Director, The University of Texas at Austin

LeeKeshia Williams serves as the Youth Protection Program Director at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2015, LeeKeshia established and presently oversees the Youth Protection Program (YPP), which includes program development, constructing policies and procedures, establishing safeguards, regulations, and compliance. Her professional interests relate to youth development, streamlining regulatory systems, and implementing e-processes within youth programming. In 2019, through LeeKeshia's leadership, the University of Texas at Austin was the first to obtain ACA Accreditation for all sponsored programs.  

Robert Valdez, Assistant Director of Conference and Event Services, The University of Texas at Austin

Robert Anthony Valdez serves as the Assistant Director for Conferences & Events at The University of Texas at Austin. His career covers many areas and includes experience with international relations, accounting, residence life, crisis management, program development, and event planning. Robert is a first-generation Latinx and LGBTQ member. He is currently a 5th-year Ph.D. student at Colorado State University in the Higher Education Leadership Program.

 

Luncheon & Awards

General Session -10/27/2021

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Luncheon & Awards

10/27/2021 12:00 PM

Location - Doral / Pinehurst Ballroom

Unopposed Exhibit Hall Time

Exhibit Hall -10/27/2021

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Unopposed Exhibit Hall Time

10/27/2021 1:00 PM

Location - Atrium Promenade

stickersandmore.com - Sponsor

Since 1995, we've been helping camps,  Not-For-Profit organizations, and businesses nationwide brand and market their organizations with quality stickers, banners, apparel, design & much more at competitive pricing with ethical business practices. Building a platform to earn our client's trust long after the first sale….. plus free shipping and setup nationwide!

OUTFIT YOUR LOGO - Sponsor

Over 20 years camps in every state have relied on us for the most comprehensive line of quality imprinted items developed exclusively for CAMPS! Retail items, promotional products, gift baskets, free artwork creation, state-of-the-art online ordering! Hopelessly devoted to outfitting camps!

UltraCamp - Sponsor

Ultracamp combines the functionality of online registration with payment processing, form collection, reporting tools, medical logging, point of sale software, and many other exciting features, into a comprehensive, low-cost package. Plus, we provide all the training and reliable technical support you need to feel confident using UltraCamp at no additional cost. Contact an UltraCamp team member today and join hundreds of other camps already saving time and money with UltraCamp.

Camp Testing - Sponsor

Camp Testing, bringing campers back to camp safely.
Camp Testing is your partner in providing accurate, affordable, and accessible testing to assist with this important undertaking.

Trinity/HPSI - Sponsor

Trinity/HPSI is a national purchasing group offering free membership. We have been providing camps discounts with a large network of vendors since 2005 and are the official GPO partner of the ACA. Members get free access to aggressive pricing contracts with a portfolio of 15 different food distributors to choose from. Food is the top area of savings for ACA member camps who are participating in the Trinity/HPSI program. Beyond food service, we provide free access to discounted pricing from national vendors in other industries including Lowe’s, Ferrellgas, Suburban Propane, Grainger, HD Supply, Direct Supply, Staples, Office Depot, John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, HD Pro Institutional, Network Services, Ecolab, and many more. There is no cost to join Trinity/HPSI, no membership dues or fees, and no obligation. Come see us in the vendor hall to learn how to participate! 

DOMOKUR | ARCHITECTS

Domokur Architects specializes in the planning, design, and construction of camps and retreat centers throughout the United States.  We bring your dreams to life, from visioning to master planning, architectural design to construction.  With years of hands-on experience in the industry, we speak your language.  Our comprehensive design process ensures timely outcomes that resonate with your stakeholders.  We’ve partnered with over 450 camping and recreational facilities to develop long-lasting relationships and first-class facilities that flow and respond naturally to their program and their specific site.

Creative Alternatives

Guaranteed lowest prices and utmost of service for any/all promotional type products.

Action Play Systems LLC

Action Play Systems focuses on playground accessories such as playground borders, ADA ramps, GaGa Ball Pits, swing/slide wear mats and more. Our 8" and 12" playground borders feature our patented surfacing guide. Additionally, Action Play Systems offers two universal ADA/Wheelchair Accessible ramp systems. Both are designed to provide ADA access to playgrounds. Action Play Systems is a wholesale company only and does not sell direct to the end user. If you are a School, Church, Daycare, Municipality looking for new playground equipment please contact us today and we'll be happy to get you in touch with one of our nationwide dealers.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center is proud to be one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, with over 120 land and river-based itineraries spanning ten distinct locations in four southeastern states. NOC offers a wide range of outdoor adventures for any ability level and is home to the renowned Paddling and SOLO Southeast training schools.

Camp College & More

Camp College & More is a one-stop resource for families who are looking for customized camp items, both essentials and accessories, that create a space that "feels like home" for their child. CC&M only provides the highest quality trunks and bedding and other personal items that are beautifully designed to last long after camp is over. Customer service is their top priority as each camper creates a coordinated collection of items that is useful, durable and uniquely their own. 

This End Up Furniture Co Inc.

This End Up Furniture Company has one basic principle: to design and build solid wood furniture that is made to last. We are a leading provider of quality, long-lasting furniture to camp, conference and other contract markets. This End Up Furniture is designed to be versatile, making it easy to find pieces that fit your needs. We use the highest quality kin-dried, Yellow Pine with an active reforestation program. We would like the opportunity to show you how This End Up can meet your camp needs. 

Jolly Quill Promotional Marketing

Your Brand, Our Products - Are you tired of dealing with inventory, multiple vendors, and fulfillment hassles but still want to offer branded merchandise to your campers year-round? Keep your brand alive by creating an online store with Jolly Quill. At Jolly Quill we think we have a better idea. We'll work together to build your online camp store. We do the work; you reap the benefits. 

CampSite

CampSite is a comprehensive camp management software designed to help camp directors run their best camps! Offering the latest technology, frequent product updates and expert support, we strive to be your one-stop camp management solution. CampSite is preferred by camp directors all over the country!"

Signature Research, Inc./Nature Outfitters

Signature is a global full-service design/build Aerial Adventure company serving clients since 1979 and Professional Vendor Members of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.  A full line of outdoor equipment sales is provided through our Outdoor Outfitter store, "Nature Outfitters." 

Progressive Graphics

Since 1989, we have been supplying top-quality clothing and promotional items to camps. Choose from our extensive selection of catalog designs or we can create something based on your idea, concept of photo. We are a longtime supporter of ACA, as well as other Camp Organizations. 

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

Get a second opinion on your specialized insurance needs. Our extensive experience in safeguarding camps and campers has given us the ability and expertise to offer a series of unique programs and specially designed coverages. Select and qualified camps are eligible for this special program.

Hellbender Paddleboards

Work with our custom board experts to find or design the SUP that suits your dreams best. We believe paddle boarders are a family, and we want you to be a part of our family. It’s all about fun!

Pigeon Networks 

Pigeon uses a fitness band and a mobile app to bring a new level of security to camps while improving engagement and efficiency. With Pigeon, your team knows who is checked-in, their precise location, designated authorized pick-ups, and meaningful camper info to help them engage. Parents receive camp notifications via text, reducing phone calls and streamlining family communication. Pigeon's embedded gamification lets you create meaningful goals that parents will share socially.

A Fish Out of Water? YES! Come experience how to teach and go fishing anywhere.

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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A Fish Out of Water? YES! Come experience how to teach and go fishing anywhere.

10/27/2021 1:45 PM
This hands-on session will train you to teach fishing at camp even without water! Fishing is for everyone. The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network has a freshwater and saltwater fish camp curriculum full of ideas for camps, school field trips, and weekend events. Come try some interactive, educational, and fun activities anyone can use, and quickly realize how many 21st-century leadership skills are incorporated into fishing while giving youth the basic skills to fish on their own.

Location - Bay Hill / Port Royal

Kathryn Guindon, Director, Suncoast Youth Conservation Center

Kathy Guindon is a Ph.D. fish geek! From PA through NC and into Florida, she brings a lifetime of fisheries knowledge and research experience. She currently serves as Director of the Florida Youth Conservation Center's Network Suncoast Youth Conservation Center where they focus on hands-on, marine science conservation education and summer day camps. She loves sharing her passion about fish and fishing with others to spark the curiosity of the next generation of fish enthusiasts.  

A Partnership's First Summer: Lessons Learned and Why It Worked

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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A Partnership's First Summer: Lessons Learned and Why It Worked

10/27/2021 1:45 PM
Do you feel like your camp is trying to do it all? Is your staff overwhelmed and unable to achieve big goals due to the demands of the day-to-day? Discover how two separate camps joined forces to create a partnership that benefited both organizations, and learn from their successes and mistakes. Prepare for a fun, candid discussion with two directors in the inclusion camping field with plenty of chances for questions and conversation.

Location - Charleston / Columbia

Erin Ulmer, Executive Director, Camp Rise Above

Erin Ulmer has served as the Executive Director of Camp Rise Above in Charleston, SC since 2014. Formerly an elementary school teacher, she combines her love of play, camp, and inclusion with her current role. CRA serves hundreds of children with special medical needs and life challenges across the state each year. When she's not at camp, Erin is playing with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs in the Lowcountry.

Kelsey Carter, Executive Director, Camp Cole

Kelsey Sawyer Carter is the co-founder and executive director of Camp Cole, a state-of-the-art facility in the Midlands that allows children and adults facing serious illnesses and mental and physical challenges to enjoy one of childhood's greatest pleasures - camp. Camp Cole was inspired by Kelsey's younger brother, Cole, who lost his battle to Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at
the young age of 11.

Emergency Preparedness: Are you ready to make the call?

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Emergency Preparedness: Are you ready to make the call?

10/27/2021 1:45 PM
Emergency situations are random and unpredictable. Are you prepared to face one at your facility? Do you have Emergency Action Plans in place? Do you and your staff know when to call 911 and how to aid emergency responders when they arrive? Through discussion of real-life experiences, insight into the interworking of emergency response methods, and practical application and tips, this workshop will challenge you to analyze your Emergency Action Plans and will help you prepare for the worst.

Location - Harbour Town / King's Mill

Nicholas Patton, Director of Operations, YMCA Camp Greenville

Nicholas Patton has been in the camp industry for over ten years and currently serves as the Director of Operations at YMCA Camp Greenville. He is also a Captain and Training Officer for Cedar Mountain Fire and Rescue. Through his years of experience, Nicholas has dealt with numerous large and small-scale incidents, both at camp and in the community. His knowledge and experience has been vital in strengthening the emergency preparedness of YMCA Camp Greenville.

From 1st Contact to End of Contract

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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From 1st Contact to End of Contract

10/27/2021 1:45 PM
The present generation of staff can be a challenge to find, attract, hire, engage, and retain. Current research and camp practices have provided information that can help camps be successful throughout this cycle. We'll talk about where potential staff look for jobs, their primary motivators to apply, effective application processes, and on-the-job needs and expectations. Discover ways to increase the chance of taking staff from their 1st contact with camp to contract completion (and beyond!).

Location - Greenbrier

Dr. Deb Jordan, East Carolina University

Deb is a professional educator who has been teaching and conducting staff training workshops for a variety of organizations for over 35 years. She has made over 135 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels as well as written textbooks in the field of parks and recreation. Much of Deb's work is related to leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; program evaluation; and ethics. Deb also serves as the Co-Chair of ACA's Staff Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Kim Aycock, Kimspiration!

Kim Aycock, MST, has several decades of experience developing young people with skills robots are unable to do. While blending the talents of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert, Kim ignites the learning for varying levels of camp pros worldwide through her interactive & innovative presentations. Kim speaks at regional & national conferences, contributes regularly to Camping Magazine & ACA blogs, and serves as Co-Chair of ACA's Staff Recruitment and Retention Committee.

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The UN-Interview

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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The UN-Interview

10/27/2021 1:45 PM
Staff members may be too involved in getting disclosure information from a child. When this occurs, it could compromise the child's actual traumatic experience and make a conviction difficult to achieve. This session will discuss ways to get valid, reliable information, without compromising a criminal investigation and prosecution.

Location - Spartanburg / Florance

Starr Sanders, Protection of Minors on Campus, UNC-Chapel Hill

Starr Sanders, a retired police officer, is the Protection of Minors Coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill. There, she oversees the safety of over 140,000 minors on campus per year. She has previous experience working to promote school safety and training for school personnel, parents, and communities. Starr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida International University.

Exhibit Hall - Snack & Door Prizes

Exhibit Hall -10/27/2021

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Exhibit Hall - Snack & Door Prizes

10/27/2021 3:00 PM

Location - Atrium Promenade

stickersandmore.com - Sponsor

Since 1995, we've been helping camps,  Not-For-Profit organizations, and businesses nationwide brand and market their organizations with quality stickers, banners, apparel, design & much more at competitive pricing with ethical business practices. Building a platform to earn our client's trust long after the first sale….. plus free shipping and setup nationwide!

OUTFIT YOUR LOGO - Sponsor

Over 20 years camps in every state have relied on us for the most comprehensive line of quality imprinted items developed exclusively for CAMPS! Retail items, promotional products, gift baskets, free artwork creation, state-of-the-art online ordering! Hopelessly devoted to outfitting camps!

UltraCamp - Sponsor

Ultracamp combines the functionality of online registration with payment processing, form collection, reporting tools, medical logging, point of sale software, and many other exciting features, into a comprehensive, low-cost package. Plus, we provide all the training and reliable technical support you need to feel confident using UltraCamp at no additional cost. Contact an UltraCamp team member today and join hundreds of other camps already saving time and money with UltraCamp.

Camp Testing - Sponsor

Camp Testing, bringing campers back to camp safely.
Camp Testing is your partner in providing accurate, affordable, and accessible testing to assist with this important undertaking.

Trinity/HPSI - Sponsor

Trinity/HPSI is a national purchasing group offering free membership. We have been providing camps discounts with a large network of vendors since 2005 and are the official GPO partner of the ACA. Members get free access to aggressive pricing contracts with a portfolio of 15 different food distributors to choose from. Food is the top area of savings for ACA member camps who are participating in the Trinity/HPSI program. Beyond food service, we provide free access to discounted pricing from national vendors in other industries including Lowe’s, Ferrellgas, Suburban Propane, Grainger, HD Supply, Direct Supply, Staples, Office Depot, John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, HD Pro Institutional, Network Services, Ecolab, and many more. There is no cost to join Trinity/HPSI, no membership dues or fees, and no obligation. Come see us in the vendor hall to learn how to participate! 

DOMOKUR | ARCHITECTS

Domokur Architects specializes in the planning, design, and construction of camps and retreat centers throughout the United States.  We bring your dreams to life, from visioning to master planning, architectural design to construction.  With years of hands-on experience in the industry, we speak your language.  Our comprehensive design process ensures timely outcomes that resonate with your stakeholders.  We’ve partnered with over 450 camping and recreational facilities to develop long-lasting relationships and first-class facilities that flow and respond naturally to their program and their specific site.

Creative Alternatives

Guaranteed lowest prices and utmost of service for any/all promotional type products.

Action Play Systems LLC

Action Play Systems focuses on playground accessories such as playground borders, ADA ramps, GaGa Ball Pits, swing/slide wear mats and more. Our 8" and 12" playground borders feature our patented surfacing guide. Additionally, Action Play Systems offers two universal ADA/Wheelchair Accessible ramp systems. Both are designed to provide ADA access to playgrounds. Action Play Systems is a wholesale company only and does not sell direct to the end user. If you are a School, Church, Daycare, Municipality looking for new playground equipment please contact us today and we'll be happy to get you in touch with one of our nationwide dealers.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center is proud to be one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, with over 120 land and river-based itineraries spanning ten distinct locations in four southeastern states. NOC offers a wide range of outdoor adventures for any ability level and is home to the renowned Paddling and SOLO Southeast training schools.

Camp College & More

Camp College & More is a one-stop resource for families who are looking for customized camp items, both essentials and accessories, that create a space that "feels like home" for their child. CC&M only provides the highest quality trunks and bedding and other personal items that are beautifully designed to last long after camp is over. Customer service is their top priority as each camper creates a coordinated collection of items that is useful, durable and uniquely their own. 

This End Up Furniture Co Inc.

This End Up Furniture Company has one basic principle: to design and build solid wood furniture that is made to last. We are a leading provider of quality, long-lasting furniture to camp, conference and other contract markets. This End Up Furniture is designed to be versatile, making it easy to find pieces that fit your needs. We use the highest quality kin-dried, Yellow Pine with an active reforestation program. We would like the opportunity to show you how This End Up can meet your camp needs. 

Jolly Quill Promotional Marketing

Your Brand, Our Products - Are you tired of dealing with inventory, multiple vendors, and fulfillment hassles but still want to offer branded merchandise to your campers year-round? Keep your brand alive by creating an online store with Jolly Quill. At Jolly Quill we think we have a better idea. We'll work together to build your online camp store. We do the work; you reap the benefits. 

CampSite

CampSite is a comprehensive camp management software designed to help camp directors run their best camps! Offering the latest technology, frequent product updates and expert support, we strive to be your one-stop camp management solution. CampSite is preferred by camp directors all over the country!"

Signature Research, Inc./Nature Outfitters

Signature is a global full-service design/build Aerial Adventure company serving clients since 1979 and Professional Vendor Members of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.  A full line of outdoor equipment sales is provided through our Outdoor Outfitter store, "Nature Outfitters." 

Progressive Graphics

Since 1989, we have been supplying top-quality clothing and promotional items to camps. Choose from our extensive selection of catalog designs or we can create something based on your idea, concept of photo. We are a longtime supporter of ACA, as well as other Camp Organizations. 

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

Get a second opinion on your specialized insurance needs. Our extensive experience in safeguarding camps and campers has given us the ability and expertise to offer a series of unique programs and specially designed coverages. Select and qualified camps are eligible for this special program.

Hellbender Paddleboards

Work with our custom board experts to find or design the SUP that suits your dreams best. We believe paddle boarders are a family, and we want you to be a part of our family. It’s all about fun!

Pigeon Networks 

Pigeon uses a fitness band and a mobile app to bring a new level of security to camps while improving engagement and efficiency. With Pigeon, your team knows who is checked-in, their precise location, designated authorized pick-ups, and meaningful camper info to help them engage. Parents receive camp notifications via text, reducing phone calls and streamlining family communication. Pigeon's embedded gamification lets you create meaningful goals that parents will share socially.

EPIC Talks

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EPIC Talks

10/27/2021 4:00 PM

Location - Palmetto Club

Join us for an engaging TED Talk-inspired session that features dynamic (or, shall we say EPIC) camp professionals who have ideas worth sharing. Three speakers, three different topics, and three opportunities to dig deeper! Each speaker presents an idea in 10-12 minutes that sets us up for small group discussion, using speaker-developed questions that advance the conversation together. EPIC Talk topics range from training directors and frontline staff to identify teachable moments, to recognizing the power of informal 1-on-1 staff check-ins, to insights on how to engage staff of the opposite gender in personal development at a single-gender camp. Come hear three incredible ideas and then join the conversation!

The Teachable Moment

There are innumerable teachable opportunities we have to continue making camp impactful, and we play a particular role in modeling this for our frontline staff! Together we'll explore how teachable moments arise for campers and staff on-site, but we'll also consider how the future (including our use of technology!) will influence teachable moments for everyone.

Cory Greene, Camp Director, Talisman Summer Camp

Cory has served as Camp Director of Talisman Summer Camp since 2019. His work spans more than 20 years in a variety of settings with children with learning and emotional disabilities - from working in wilderness therapy to a behavior assistant in public schools, to his 10th season at Talisman Summer Camp with children who have autism. 

Feeling the Force from A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Using a Simple Tool to Revolutionize Your Camp's Culture

In Star Wars, The Force seems like a boundless superpower, a 6th sense that connects people across a vast galaxy. But what if the Force was just as real as the relational divide we sometimes find between us and our staff? What if it was possible to have connections with our staff that kept us in tune with our camp culture in ways that surveys, formal feedback, and other measurables couldn't? Join a Jedi shrouded in mystery for a discussion of how to pursue these 'higher metrics' through the simple tool of opportunity. 

Will Logan, Program Specialist, YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir

Will Logan is an Experience Engineer committed to building experiences that build better people. Will fell in love with summer camping from a young age in the mountains of North and South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson University's PRTM program, he moved across the country to join YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir in Cascade, Idaho where he is currently preparing for his third summer as the Program Specialist. 

Why You Must Engage the Opposite Gender at a Single-Gender Camp, and How to Start!

Together we'll explore the importance and benefits of making sure the opposite gender feels connected to the overall mission and program of a single-gender camp. Specifically, we'll take a look at how women can hold their own space while still staying connected at an all-male camp.

 

Sarah Becker, Office Manager, Camp Rockmont for Boys

Sarah grew up in Asheville, NC and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After working at Rockmont in various programs for eight summers, Sarah joined the year-round Rockmont team in August of 2018. She is grateful and excited to be able to work in a field that encourages campers and staff to grow while having a ton of fun.

Responding to Claims of Abuse

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Responding to Claims of Abuse

10/27/2021 4:00 PM
Having a current student or former student claim abuse is every camp leader's nightmare. Learn what you can do to prepare, investigate, and respond to claims that your camp may face. Learn principles to balance your obligations of transparency to your camp community with protecting your camp in potential litigation.

Location - Spartanburg / Florence

Deborah Ausburn, Attorney, Taylor English Duma LLP

Debbie Ausburn has worked as a volunteer and attorney with camps and other youth-serving organizations for more than 40 years.  She spent her teen years as a summer camp counselor and subsequently worked as a social worker, foster parent, criminal prosecutor, and litigation attorney.   As an attorney, she has defended youth-serving organizations throughout the United States in matters ranging from minor injuries to sexual abuse.  She assists with internal investigations and advises clients about child protection policies.

Donna Caudell, Associate Professor, Truett-McConnell University

Donna A. Caudell, Ed.D., served for 29 years in public schools, including 22 years as a Professional School Counselor. Donna now is an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Truett-McConnell University, as well as an adjunct professor at North Georgia Technical College.  She understands trauma-informed psychology and how professionals working with children can incorporate the principles into their mission.

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The Power Of Mentoring In The Lives Of Children Impacted By Trauma

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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The Power Of Mentoring In The Lives Of Children Impacted By Trauma

10/27/2021 4:00 PM
This session aims to learn the correlation between relationships and effective mentoring that could be responsible for increasing hope within children who are impacted by trauma.

Location - Charleston / Columbia

Jamal Stroud

Jamal Stroud is the Mentor and Outreach Manager for Camp HOPE America. He has a BA in Social Science from Allen University and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Jamal has over a decade of experience working with nonprofits, at-risk youth, and both children and adults with disabilities. He is devoted to assisting others on their growth path and creating awareness to improve hope and healing.
In 2017, Jamal founded Big Homie Lil Homie (BHLH), a nonprofit mentoring program for young boys growing up without father figures. Jamal is also a motivational speaker who prioritizes children and overall improvement of character. He was featured on The Ellen Degeneres show for his continuous community service and advocation for youth.

Training Counselors To Use NASA Resources

Concurrent Session -10/27/2021

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Training Counselors To Use NASA Resources

10/27/2021 4:00 PM
Whether you're looking for simple fun engagement or inquiry activities to build critical thinking skills, come play with us! This hands-on session will highlight several activities from NASA that are appropriate for camps and provide camp staff an opportunity to explore best practices for training counselors to implement these activities. Join us to experiment with Moon phases using Oreos, design a lander to safely land astronauts on the Moon, and learn about the James Webb Space Telescope which will launch Dec. 18th, and provide new images during summer 2022.

Location - Harbour Town / King's Mill

Randi Neff, Program Coordinator, Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative

NASA activities are my specialty. I work with a variety of programs to incorporate STEM learning and excitement about the natural world into activities for kids. My background is in public education - I taught high school science for 16 years and government grants - both Upward Bound and currently NASA's Science Activation program.

Thursday, October 28

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Thursday, October 28

10/28/2021 8:00 AM
4-H Camp, Not Just Agriculture

Concurrent Session -10/28/2021

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4-H Camp, Not Just Agriculture

10/28/2021 8:30 AM
When you hear 4-H what do you think about? The County or State Fair, raising livestock, agriculture-based program but we are so much more and 4-H Camp is just one of those things. Come learn about North Carolina 4-H Camps and how they might be different or the same as your camps. Learn about how our programs are structured to focus on life skill development and the 4Hs (head, heart, hands, and health).

Location - Harbour Town / King's Mill

Jennifer Standish, Center Director, NC State University - Eastern 4-H Center

I grew up in Upstate New York and was involved in girl scouts throughout my youth.  I also attended summer camp each year, was always outside playing, and just loved being in nature.  I think that is what has driven my career path and education.  I have been the Center Director at the Eastern 4-H Center since Feb 2017.  Before that, I was the Recreation Program Supervisor at the Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks in Snow Hill, Maryland for 9 years.  I also held various positions at Frost Valley YMCA, where I started my career.  I worked there for about 10 years.  I was a summer camp staff, seasonal outdoor education program instructor, Environmental Education Program Coordinator, and ended my career there as the Director of the Environmental Education Program.  I received my bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and my master's degree in Recreation with a concentration in Outdoor Education from SUNY Cortland.

Engaging Campers as Citizen Scientists with NASA's GLOBE Program

Concurrent Session -10/28/2021

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Engaging Campers as Citizen Scientists with NASA's GLOBE Program

10/28/2021 8:30 AM
Since the summer of 2019, camps selected from across the United States have been piloting a series of environmental science learning explorations developed by NASA. Campers are engaging in science data collection and hands-on activities using NASA's GLOBE(Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) Program. Camp Discovery serves as the lead camp for this collaboration. Come enjoy the success stories of providing campers with authentic citizen science experiences. The combination of activities, investigations, and engaging STEM challenges demonstrate the standards of best practice for camps and other informal audiences. Each component is designed to engage campers as citizen scientists in their own investigation of the world around them. Campers make observations, ask questions and collect data around the themes associated with Earth as a system, including trees, clouds, soil, and water, and more. Each participant will receive a set of informal environmental explorations to implement in their informal setting.

Location - Charleston / Columbia

Amy Ellisor, Executive Director, Camp Discovery in Blythwood, South Carolina