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Intro


Directors' Camp

a world of professional development in a weekend at camp

 

 

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Intro


Directors' Camp

a world of professional development in a weekend at camp

 

 

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Directors' Camp 2016
September 23rd - 25th

Hosted by our proud partner
Camp Wingate*Kirkland

 

Inspiring, supportive, intense, and unique. Those are just four of the words Directors’ Camp participants have used to describe this 48-hour experience. By limiting the size of the group to 30 and sequestering ourselves in a beautiful setting without electronic technology, we are able to achieve a level of focus and creativity that allows people to: (1) Set career goals; (2) Process current challenges; and (3) Learn advanced leadership techniques. 

Each Directors’ Camp begins on a Friday afternoon and ends on a Sunday afternoon. During that period, three of the brightest minds in youth leadership--Scott Arizala, Steve Maguire, and Dr. Chris Thurber--will guide participants through three themes: Staff, Parents, and Participants. The goal is simple to state and challenging to achieve: How to become the best leader of these three groups while still maintaining balance in your life.

Standard conferences can be fun, but you need to choose between competing sessions, wrestle your way through exhibit halls, and gamble with high-priced restaurants. Directors’ Camp is the ultimate un-conference. One group. No competing sessions. Great food. And the results are immediate: You’ll leave with new leadership skills, a better understanding of your style, a plan to take your career to the next level, and a renewed sense of purpose.

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Presenters


 

meet the facilitators

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Presenters


 

meet the facilitators

Scott Arizala is one of the leading experts and premier trainers on kids, staff and the experience of summer camp. He earned his B.A. from Ithaca College, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Gender Studies. He has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator, teacher and consultant.

Scott grew up at Camp Al-Gon-Quian in Northern Michigan where he spent 18 summers going from the youngest camper to the director. He went on to direct traditional resident camps, day camps, single gender camps, and is currently the Owner and Director for Camp Tall Tree, a traditional resident camp for kids with unique challenges, the Excutive Director for Dragonfly Forest, a resident camp for kids with serious illnesses and disorders in the Philadelphia area, the National Consultant for Camp Kesem, a student-run, national organization delivering camp for kids who have been affected by a parents' cancer and Founder and Chairman of Stomping Ground, a camp focused on unstructured free play.

As a professional speaker and educator, he has given keynotes, workshops, seminars and educational sessions at hundreds of professional conferences, training events, and with organizations. He is currently the CEO of The Camp Counselor, and one of the most sought after consultants and trainers working with hundreds of camps and thousands of staff & administrators across the country.

He has had articles published in trade journals and on various industry websites and is a pioneering contributor to Expert Online Training, the world's leader in online training for camp staff and a principle of GoCamp.Pro an online resource for camp professionals.  He is an award-winning author of the best-selling book on summer camp and youth development, S'more Than Camp

Scott lives in Michigan with his wife, Karin and their three kids, Linnea, Desmond, and Griffin. They both grew up at Camp Al-Gon-Quian and got married in the assembly ring at Camp in 2007. Karin has her PhD in counseling psychology and is a staff psychologist at the University of Michigan, the National Mental Health Consultant for Camp Kesem, and the Mental Health Coordinator for Dragonfly Forest.

 

 

 

Dr. Christopher Thurber is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned his BA from Harvard University in 1991 and a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1997. A dedicated teacher from a young age, Chris has taught elementary school French, undergraduate courses in psychology, and swimming and sailing to people between the ages of 8 and 80. During a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Chris worked with child burn survivors, a population he continues to support through work with the International Association of Burn Camps and the Phoenix Society. Chris now has more than 30 years of experience working with camps and independent schools. He has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on leadership, homesickness and youth development. An award-winning contributor to Camping Magazine, Chris has also shared his opinions and expertise on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, CBS Morning News, NPR, FOX, and PBS. His research has been featured in Time, Newsweek, USNews & World Report, Smart Money, Parents, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day, Family Circle, Men’s Health, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and many local newspapers and magazines. In 2007, Chris co-founded ExpertOnlineTraining.com, which quickly became the Internet’s most popular and respected educational resource for youth development professionals. Chris also co-authored the critically acclaimed Summer Camp Handbook with Dr. Jon Malinowski and he designed the ACA’s homesickness prevention program, a DVD/CD set for new camper families entitled The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success. During the academic year, Chris serves as school psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, an independent, co-educational secondary school. He and his wife, Simonida, an analytical chemist, live in Exeter, New Hampshire with their sons Danilo, born in 2002, and Sava, born in 2004. During the late spring and early summer, Chris conducts staff training and executive coaching with dozens of camps, schools, youth development professionals around the world. He is a favorite presenter and keynote speaker at regional, national, and international conferences. All of Chris’s professional work is guided by the principles of leadership-by-example and social connection. He also believes you should practice what you preach. This is his 16 th year teaching at Exeter and his 35 st season at Camp Belknap, where he works as Strategy Director, overseeing the camp’s sustainability and environmental education programs. Chris can be reached at: chris@campspirit.com. His website is CampSpirit.com.


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Steve's mission as a professional speaker is to provide fun, professional and inspiring presentations for all clients. Speaking and training in the primary fields of schools and summer camps, Steve's audiences range from summer camp staff and administrators to school faculty, students, athletes and parents.

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Content


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Content


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Scott, Steve, and Chris plan to cover three content themes.  The time spent on each will vary according to participants’ needs and specific feedback.

Staff

·             Reinventing Staff Training

·             Essential Leadership Skills

·             Organizational Change

Campers

·             Skillful discipline and behavior management

·             Working with Different Populations

·             Innovative Programming

Directors        

·             Positive Psychology in Action: Navigating and Nurturing Your Signature Strengths

·             Partnering with Parents to Promote Positive Adjustment in Young Participants

·             Tried and True and Hard to Do: 10 Ways to be Mission-Driven (without ignoring Market Forces)

·             Responding to Mental Health Crises in Camp

 

 

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Testimonials


 

 

What others are saying

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Testimonials


 

 

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Registration


 

 

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