The Team Comes Together for Fun and Professional DevelopmentMarch 18, 2013
Last week most of the Kenwood & Evergreen Leadership team had the opportunity to gather in Atlantic City for the 31st annual Tri-State Camp Conference. Tri-State is the largest summer camp conference in the world, and an incredible chance each year for camp professionals to hear speeches by thought leaders and scholars, participate in more than 150 educational sessions with experts on everything from child development to staff management to coaching, learn about the best practices of other camp programs, and view the latest innovations in camp-related equipment and services. It was an incredible event!
Throughout the week the team took part in a wide range of workshops. Some of us participated in leadership training seminars while others studied up on the latest Camp safety standards for the waterfront, ropes course and even the kitchen. There were classes about new techniques for interviewing staff, about learning new and creative activities for rainy days, and about how to help campers who are reticent to participate in activities outside of their comfort zones. There were sessions on food service and maintenance and so much more! I even had a meeting with other camp directors to share our best & most creative Color War break outs with each other — more on that in the future!
On Wednesday we heard a fascinating speech by educator, researcher, and New York Times best selling author Jonathan Kozol titled “Providing Equal Opportunities to Every Child Regardless of Racial Origin or Economic Level”. We were riveted as he discussed the growing racial and socio-economic gap that impacts the lives of so many Americans, and the power that overnight camp has to reshape the life chances of all children. Kozol’s speech was provocative and passionate, and left us all with much to think about.
Every evening, after a full day of discovery and professional development, the K&E team joined up with our friends at Everwood Day Camp for some fun and friendship (and to share what we had individually learned). As you can see from these photos we laughed a lot, and even tried out some of the rainy day games that we learned at the conference. A good time was had by all!
Though it was a VERY long drive home on Friday afternoon (for some of us it took over 8 hours!) we were thrilled to have participated in such a fun, thought-provoking conference. We can’t wait to show you all that we learned this summer!