It’s good to know good people, and Camp Alleghany puts you in touch with a lot of good people.
I recently traveled to Indiana for an American Camp Association (ACA) where I got to visit with my old friend Emma Pucker from Birch Trail Camp. She was there my first summer working at a camp, and is still on as their Assistant Director.
I had planned to spend Friday-Sunday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after this training to visit with her and some other Birch Trail friends. Camp friends are lifelong friends, after all. Lucky for me, this trip to the cheese state also coincided with a conference hosted by the Midwest Association of Independent Camps (MAIC).
Where the Good People (and their ideas) Are
Friday morning, Emma and I headed up to Kohler, Wisconsin (where they make sinks and stuff and curiously known as a “model company town), for a great half day of camp-based learning.
What stood out to me about this conference is that it was an intimate gathering of very smart, very dedicated camp directors and staff. The smaller numbers allowed me to connect with attendees as well as the presenters. The Midwest is an amazing region with some of the friendliest folks I know, including my old director, Gabe Chernov, from Birch Trail.
While I was only there for the last half day, it was a day packed with information. Peter Ross of 829 Studios spoke with us about marketing, while Roz and Jed Training and Consulting delivered interactive sessions on staff and staff training.
I scribbled lots of notes throughout the day and my brain was (and is) abuzz with awesome ideas for next summer.
Camp Alleghany for Girls Director Elizabeth Shreckhise and I are always thinking ahead on how we can improve training and keep our staff best prepared to create amazing summers for each and every ‘Ghany girl. I have a long list of cool new ideas from this conference that I can’t wait to explore.
Roz and Jed not only spoke about staff training theory and research, they offered so many practical tools to implement. 2020 staff should be excited for some new forms of engagement to solidify the learning we do during training, including magic, games, and other activities.
To top off the day, Audrey Monke, author of Happy Campers, 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, and one of Elizabeth’s favorite presenters/writers/camp pros/moms, provided some organizational give-aways in addition to her inspiring talk. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give the impeccably organized Elizabeth Shreckhise a variety pack (size and color!) of sticky notes in a cute, compact case. A small thank you for always supporting my professional development.
I always leave conferences filled with knowledge and excitement for the coming summer. We have more conferences coming, and I’m eager to continue building my skills and knowledge base. There is forever something new to learn, and always a new tip or trick to make a summer at Alleghany even better!
Finally, if you wonder what sleepaway summer camp can do for your child, please download Elizabeth’s FREE E-Book Three Reasons to Begin Your Child’s Sleepaway Summer Camp Journey Early.*
— Casey Tucker, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls