Workshop #1: Monday From 10:30-11:45AM

Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

by Pam Harris and Garrie Stevens of Run River Enterprises (Day Sponsor)
Do you ever feel like you are trying to straddle a fence between being a ministry and being a business? Does your board get stuck in that debate? The answer is in Jesus’ admonition to be both wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Discover how to be a Matthew 10:16 organization!

Pam Harris and Garrie Stevens are Principal Consultants with Run River Enterprises, an organization dedicated to faithful and sustainable futures for camp and retreat/conference ministries. They are both clergy in the UM church and believe that camp/retreat/conference ministries are essential for the life of the church.
PDA and Good360: How Disaster Services and Product Donations Can Benefit Your Camp

by David Gill
Both Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Good360 work in the area of disaster assistance, but that doesn’t mean you have to experience a disaster to benefit from their services. Hear how specific camps have benefited from PDA services and partnerships. At least 7 of our camps have enjoyed deeply discounted products from Good360. Hear how and the different levels at which you can connect.

David Gill recently “rewired” after being Executive Director at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center for 20 years. He is on the National Response Team for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and serves as Director of Outreach for Ferncliff’s “Sharing the Goods” program.
#Camplife

by Rebeca Franca and Matt Shick (workshop repeated during session #5)
An exploration of social media and how to better tell your camp’s story. Together we will create a year-round communications plan geared to your site and talk about simple but practical ways to generate engaging and unique content with a purpose. Appropriate for anyone who wants to build a more comprehensive and detailed plan for their organization. Bring your event calendar for 2019!

Rebeca Franca serves as Associate Program Director at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center and is in charge of creatively communicating the camp story through social media. Matt Shick is the Program Director at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center and is in charge of creating visuals for printing and digital publications.
Where the Fabric is Thin: A Walking Tour of Zephyr Point

by Bedford Holmes (workshop repeated during session #3)

Join Bedford Holmes as he hikes around Zephyr and explores the history, values and complexities of this very special conference center on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Bedford Holmes has been the Executive Director of Zephyr Point for 10 years. He also is a member of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church in South Lake Tahoe, CA and an elder in the PC(USA). Bedford previously served as the Executive Director of Tilikum Center for Retreats (Newberg, OR) and as the Associate Director of Pine Cove Christian Conference Center (Tyler, TX).
Flip It! Leading with Mission and Vision

by Brian Frick
When we started, camp directors served as camp pastors – the mission heart of our ministry. In the 80’s and 90’s we were charged to become financially self-sufficient – those mission-oriented leaders became Executive Directors. Essentially, we turned our mission leaders into administrators who managed finance and board, shared our story, and had entry-level program directors implement our ministry. What if we flipped it? Together we will muse and plan to put mission first and administration in the supporting role.

A Certified Youth Theologian and Leadership Coach, Brian Frick has spent the past ten years working in the national PC(USA) offices looking for ways camp and retreat ministries can strengthen the future of church. Leadership and research-based vision are his passion and why he continues to advocate nationally for new ways of being Church.
Resource Efficiency is Worship

by Shane Totten and Bob Pryor
Often we find the stewardship of our facilities is driven by the bottom line financial cost and is disconnected from our active expressions of faith. What if we approached the greening of our facilities as an active demonstration of worship and gratitude for the abundance of our creation? This workshop will explore ways to improve the energy and water efficiency of existing buildings while doing so from a perspective of worship. We’ll also look at planning and financing strategies for such efforts.

Shane Totten is an architect working at the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, GA. He has a long history of outdoor/camping ministry as well as working in sustainability of the built and natural environments. He has worked with Boys and Girls Clubs, the Feeding America Network and several educational systems on improving building performance and increasing the programmatic capacities of the organizations. Bob Pryor directed two camps over the span of 34 years and is now retired. He has been part of the Compass Points Coordinating Council since its inception.

Workshop #2: Monday From 2:00-3:15PM

Compass Points Capstone Presentations: Part 1

facilitated by Bob Pryor

Participants in the Compass Points Certificate Program will be presenting their final projects as part of the Capstone class. Each student will be making a pitch to his/her “governing body” for a new/innovative/out-of-the-box program idea for which they would like to receive “authorization” to implement. Come be part of “the approving body” which will act as a camp/retreat center’s program committee or board. Ask questions, challenge assumptions, and seek clarification for the proposed projects so that the presenters get a feel for how their “real” governing body might receive their proposed projects. The presentations will span both afternoon workshop blocks. Please select this option for Workshops #2 and #3 if you wish to see all of them.

Bob Pryor directed two camps over the span of 34 years and is now retired. He has been part of the Compass Points Coordinating Council since its inception.
Understanding Lake Tahoe’s Past

by Ryan McKenzie
Using the scenic vista view locations around Zephyr Point’s property, Ryan will lead you on a tour through Tahoe’s two-million-year-old past. By having the ability to see locations on the north, south, east and west shores of the lake, spanning distances of over 30 miles, you will have a visual opportunity to see key sites central to understanding Tahoe’s geological/natural history, hearing the in-depth story of how Tahoe came to be the incredible natural wonder she is today! Far from a boring lesson in rocks, Ryan will make this experience interactive and fun as you engage God’s Creation in unique and exciting, awe-inspiring ways! Don’t miss it!

Ryan McKenzie is the Director of Ministries at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. As a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology and with over ten years of youth ministry experience in the Presbyterian Church, Ryan is passionate about inviting people to discover and engage Jesus Christ and the kingdom he came to inaugurate through his life, death and resurrection. When he doesn’t have his nose in a book, Ryan enjoys coffee with friends, quality time with his wife Nellie, hiking around Lake Tahoe with his children (Naomi, Adelaide, and Caelum) and the occasional practice session with his bagpipes!
How Does Your Hospitality Measure Up?

by Stan White
How does your camp or conference ministry do when it comes to welcoming campers and guests with open arms? You will receive material that will help you assess how well you honor and bless those who connect with your ministry. Also, you will receive insights on how you can make strides to provide even better Christ-honoring hospitality.

Stan White is the Director of Development at Zephyr Point. He has been involved in camp ministry for over 40 years. Starting out in housekeeping as a summer staffer, there is only one department he has not worked…food service…for good reason! Stan has learned to embrace the unique opportunities and privileges we have of serving the in cathedral of the great outdoors.
The Most Effective Strategies to Build Community at Your Camp

by Chantal Jackson
Building Community is one of my favourite things to do. We all know that a strong established community only leads to a more cohesive staff and therefore happier campers, parents, and clients. In this active workshop we will discuss and participate in my favourite and most effective community building activities.

Chantal Jackson is a leadership trainer, diversity specialist, and community builder. She has spent 10 seasons Directing, and an additional 8 serving on staff at the Cairn Family of Camps, in Baysville, Ontario. She currently is working in the hospitality industry and has started her own business – Match Impact. She feels called to share her vast experience in leadership development, community building and advanced facilitation to further connect with people within the camp and conference ministry. Her hope is to further empower camping professionals, directors and managers to continue to see the value in serving their people.
Sabbath Practices: A Radically Different Approach to Camp Faith Formation

by Lea Kone and Brian Frick

For years, Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake has been struggling to authentically engage its campers and staff in meaningful faith formation that continues in their lives beyond the car ride home from camp. End of summer surveys indicated that less than 10% of campers shared with a parent a message or scriptural lesson learned at camp. Fail. Inspired by Brian Frick’s workshop on the 5 Sabbath Practices (Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Retreat, Story-telling) as identified by the Christian Formation team at the Presbyterian Mission Agency; Camp Whitman took a leap of faith and chose to shift its entire daily camp program and staff training to embrace this radically different approach. Lea and Brian built a camp curriculum framework and began to lay the groundwork for a multi-presbytery pilot program for sabbath practice programs for families, youth and children in participating congregations. Come and hear an update on what lessons they have learned in the process and receive outlines and other resources for how to develop a similar program for your own camp and related congregations and governing bodies.

Lea Kone is the Director at Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake. Brian Frick is the Mission Associate for Formation and Camp and Conference Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency
Managing Healthy Meals on a Budget

by Barb Taylor
This session will present ideas and recipes for low-cost meals that are healthy. We will also address recycling unserved foods (without seeming like using leftovers) and the storage and temperature guidelines to reduce wasted food. Learn how to stretch meat (the most expensive part of meals) and still get enough protein.

Barb Taylor is a registered dietitian with over 30 years of experience in long-term care, hospitals, and dialysis units. This included planning menus, teaching safety and sanitation (currently a ServSafe instructor), and supervising kitchen operations.

Workshop #3: Monday From 3:30-4:45PM

Compass Points Capstone Presentations: Part 2

facilitated by Bob Pryor

Participants in the Compass Points Certificate Program will be presenting their final projects as part of the Capstone class. Each student will be making a pitch to his/her “governing body” for a new/innovative/out-of-the-box program idea for which they would like to receive “authorization” to implement. Come be part of “the approving body” which will act as a camp/retreat center’s program committee or board. Ask questions, challenge assumptions, and seek clarification for the proposed projects so that the presenters get a feel for how their “real” governing body might receive their proposed projects. The presentations will span both afternoon workshop blocks. Please select this option for Workshops #2 and #3 if you wish to see all of them.

Bob Pryor directed two camps over the span of 34 years and is now retired. He has been part of the Compass Points Coordinating Council since its inception.
Abundant Hospitality: Extending the Ultimate Welcome

by Stefanie Marsden of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation (Day Sponsor)

Can you really nurture generosity through abundant hospitality? It’s true. Hospitality really is part of generosity. This interactive session focuses on how we can inspire generosity in people of all generations. Together we will discover how a legacy can truly welcome others, so we can nurture our supporters.

As Relationship Manager for the Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Stefanie Marsden is responsible for working closely with our partners to grow relationships, as well as their TPF assets. Additionally, Stefanie identifies and cultivates new partners who TPF can assist in the expansion of their mission efforts. With more than 20 years of business and development experience, Stefanie serves as a leader for TPF in our organization where she leverages both her business acumen and passion for the Church as she implements educational and growth initiatives. Stefanie serves as an elder at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, in Richardson, where she sits on the nominating committee, actively participates in Music Ministry and Women’s Ministries. She lives in Richardson, TX with her husband Troy and their two children, Michael and Ethan.
Building a Legacy Gift Program

by Lisa Longo of the Presbyterian Foundation
Planned Gifts can make a significant impact on the financial viability of a camp and conference center. In this program we will discuss how to identify current supporters who may be planned giving prospects and the steps to prepare for and make an ask. We will also look at resources that are available to camp staff and volunteers when starting or revitalizing a planned giving program. Making even a few planned gifts asks a year can add to the bottom line in the years to come.

Lisa Longo serves as a ministry relations officer with the Presbyterian Foundation. She has spent the past 15 years working with individual Presbyterians, congregations and ministries in promoting planned and major gifts to support mission and ministry.
Where the Fabric is Thin: A Walking Tour of Zephyr Point

by Bedford Holmes (workshop repeated during session #1)

Join Bedford Holmes as he hikes around Zephyr and explores the history, values and complexities of this very special conference center on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Bedford Holmes has been the Executive Director of Zephyr Point for 10 years. He also is a member of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church in South Lake Tahoe, CA and an elder in the PC(USA). Bedford previously served as the Executive Director of Tilikum Center for Retreats (Newberg, OR) and as the Associate Director of Pine Cove Christian Conference Center (Tyler, TX).
Song Writing 101

by Matthew Black
Yes, everyone is creative. Yes, anyone can write a song. And practicing creativity is a wonderful way to care for yourself, push yourself to grow, and/or enrich and strengthen other skills. We’ll talk about songs and songwriting and take some time to practice and share in a supportive environment. All skill levels welcome, whether you’ve never written a song or whether your fourth studio album is dropping next week.

Matthew Black (the Music Leader for the PCCCA Annual Conference) is a singer/songwriter and song leader. He writes songs both for solo performance and for congregational singing.
Volunteers: The Who’s, What’s, and Why’s at Zephyr Point

by Mark Ellender
We will discuss who the volunteers are at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. The workshop will also cover how we find them and how they find us. The session will also address the overall goals of our volunteer program.

Mark Ellender had been working in the construction field in many roles for most of this adult life. He got involved with youth ministry about 20 years ago which led him to his current position as Maintenance Manager at Zephyr Point. Mark has also worked on volunteer projects with Habitat for Humanity, local mission groups, Big Brother Big Sister, and Native American and Mexico work missions.

Workshop #4: Tuesday From 2:15-3:30PM

Managing Education Debt: Removing Barriers to Service

by Melonee Tubb of the Presbyterian Mission Agency


Student Loan debt is a serious issue the nation and in the church. Even if you don’t have debt personally, it is very likely you work with those who do. Learn about current strategies for repayment and how to leverage national debt assistance resources for your programs.

Melonee Tubb is the Debt Assistant Specialist for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She serves as a Ruling Elder at Covenant Community Church in Louisville KY and is the coach of their church softball team.
Staff Mental Health – Understanding and Managing This Essential Aspect of Your Camp Community

by Stacey Otlin and Graeme Marshall of Camp America


As camp administrators you have a critical role in recruiting, supervising and supporting your summer camp staff. Staff mental health has become an increasing consideration for camps and if you’ve ever had questions about how to support your staff’s mental health and wellbeing this, session will provide valuable information and tools in this endeavor. The session will cover per and post camp as well as the crucial summer season and will introduce you to best practices and potential pitfalls through the latest research-based learning and case-study driven responses.

Stacey Otlin LCSW is the Associate Executive Camp Director of YMCA Camp Campbell. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Crisis Responder. Graeme Marshall is a Senior Account Representative for Camp America. He is a Crisis Manager and a former Camp Director.
Wise Debt! Strategies and Tools for Determining If, When, Why, and How Much to Borrow

by Clare Lewis of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program

Used strategically, debt can be a valuable tool for conference centers wishing to expand their mission and ministry. Understanding when, or if, an organization should consider assuming debt is the key to successful debt management. Clare Lewis with The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment & Loan Program will share best practices – the pros and pitfalls experienced by hundreds of clients who have successfully, and some not so successfully used debt as an effective tool for ministry.

Clare Lewis serves as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program. She brings over twenty years of experience working with non-profit entities – ten of those years with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Planning for Success: Strategic Planning in Today’s Context

by Evan Moilan of Gronlund Sayther Brunkow

The world is changing faster than ever before. Often as leaders of organizations, we find ourselves in a constant state of reaction, with little time to proactively plan for the future. In this session, Evan Moilan will share the role of strategic planning in today’s non-profit environment, with tactical considerations to move organizations from “reactive” to “nimble.”

Focused on making the Impossible possible for organizations around the country, Evan Moilan is a partner to organizations across the country. Prior to his time with Gronlund Sayther Brunkow, Evan served in executive management for over 20 years in several Christian organizations, including Camps and Retreat Centers, Foundations, and Social Service Agencies.
Camp Admins Unite: Let’s Chat About All Things Financial

by Josh Bradshaw of CampBrain

Join this panel of seasoned administrators/directors as we delve into the details of camper financial management. This is a collaborative session for us to discuss and share unique ideas and best practices – expect to question your camp’s current methods and share your great ideas. Ideal for those involved in the administration of camp!

Josh Bradshaw has worked with CampBrain for 10 years and has seen all aspects of assisting and supporting camps over the years, having had roles in tech support, online registration and now in sales. In a similar way, prior to CampBrain, Josh held numerous positions at Camp Wenonah for 8 years, including boys section director, counselor, office administrator. He is a “camp guy” with a passion of wanting to help camps succeed!
HR Bootcamp

by Leslie DeMattia

Learn the most pressing and litigious issues facing conferences and camps. Acquire the knowledge and tools to avoid these landmines. Ask the professional any of your pressing questions in an open forum. Come ready to learn and discuss problems, questions, and answers.

Leslie DeMattia worked for 15+ years leading all aspects of Human Resources and Operations at Ventura Missionary Church, School, and Counseling Center. She left Ventura Missionary in 2014 and now owns DeMattia Consulting. Taking her experience to multiple churches, schools and faith-based organizations in hopes of furthering the kingdom through training leaders that support the infrastructure of the organization. She is a seasoned Human Resource professional with extensive training in Wage and Hour law. Leslie has authored many employee handbooks and Injury and Illness Prevention Plans.

Workshop #5: Wednesday From 10:30-11:45AM

Reaching Back to Move Forward

by Ryan McKenzie
Throughout the last thousand years, the Church has spread, crisscrossing cultures around the world to create innumerable contributions into what we can call “Christian Tradition.” By reaching back and studying these rich traditions we can learn from the wisdom of our brothers and sisters and be inspired to find congruency between our current ministry philosophies and theirs. At Zephyr Point, we have adopted a Celtic expression of Christian tradition, helping us to both clarify our mission and vision, while leading us forward into the kind of ministry we hear God calling us toward in the next chapter of Zephyr’s story. Come and join us to brainstorm ideas and learn from each other as we explore what it looks like to reach back into the numerous expressions within our faith tradition’s past to move forward!

Ryan McKenzie is the Director of Ministries at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. As a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology and with over ten years of youth ministry experience in the Presbyterian Church, Ryan is passionate about inviting people to discover and engage Jesus Christ and the kingdom he came to inaugurate through his life, death and resurrection. When he doesn’t have his nose in a book, Ryan enjoys coffee with friends, quality time with his wife Nellie, hiking around Lake Tahoe with his children (Naomi, Adelaide, and Caelum) and the occasional practice session with his bagpipes!
Healthy Staff: Your Best Investment

by Gregg Morrow of UltraCamp (Day Sponsor)
Without camp staff, camp is impossible, so keeping them healthy takes an intentional investment. This session will present the areas of wellness and pursue creative ways to apply these areas into the busy day of camp staff.

Gregg Morrow works for UltraCamp, a web-based registration software company for camps. He has his Masters in Teaching Outdoor Education and was a Professor at Andrews University for 18 years. During that time, Gregg taught for the Public Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science Department.
#Camplife

by Rebeca Franca and Matt Shick (workshop repeated during session #5)
An exploration of social media and how to better tell your camp’s story. Together we will create a year-round communications plan geared to your site and talk about simple but practical ways to generate engaging and unique content with a purpose. Appropriate for anyone who wants to build a more comprehensive and detailed plan for their organization. Bring your event calendar for 2019!

Rebeca Franca serves as Associate Program Director at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center and is in charge of creatively communicating the camp story through social media. Matt Shick is the Program Director at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center and is in charge of creating visuals for printing and digital publications.
Camp Programs, Justice, and Social Responsibility

by Colleen Earp and Peter Surgenor (workshop repeated during session #7)


How do our camp programs raise awareness of broad faith issues (Matt 25:34-40) as programs are designed to remove outside influences in order to build camp community, increase individual living skills and build faith? What place does concern for Palestine/Israel, turmoil in Africa, land justice in Central and South America, private/public land tension in the USA and food justice in our communities have in our camp programs? Join us to be challenge in your program design to begin a discussion without needing a bus to leave camp.

Colleen Earp is the Director of Youth, Environment and Service Ministries at Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville, VA). Peter Surgenor is a retired camp director and recently worked in Colombia, South America with Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
A Book Study of “Daring Greatly:” A Look into Vulnerability and its importance in Developing Relationships

by Chantal Jackson and Maria Shupe

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In her book, Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth – and trust – in our organizations, families, schools, camps and communities.” Daring Greatly has changed our perception of directing and leadership. We believe that it will be a powerful tool of reference for all camp directors as they continue to do incredible work in their own communities. For this workshop, we ask that participants read Daring Greatly ahead of the conference. We will delve into how daring to “lean in” to vulnerability will be helpful in directing and leading our camps.

Chantal Jackson spent 10 seasons Directing, and an additional 8 serving on staff at the Cairn Family of Camps, in Baysville, Ontario. She currently is working in the hospitality industry and has started her own business – Match Impact. Maria Shupe has been Executive Director of Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center since December of 2004. She loves camp and conference ministry because it provides a unique setting for God’s people to live in community and grow in faith.
Camp Maintenance – Where Do We Start?

by Kevin Taylor
Insights into the world of the unknown, maintenance is more than changing light bulbs and plunging toilets as we explore our gifts, limited resources and our abundance of gratitude to those who serve our sites.

Kevin Taylor has 20 years in camp ministries serving three camp/conference/retreat sites as their Camp Manager and Facilities Director. He currently works at Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center (Lithia, FL).

Workshop #6: Thursday From 10:30-11:45AM

View from the Front Porch

facilitated by Peter Surgenor, Suzanne Getz Bates, and Jim Bates
Listen and engage with voices of experience, expertise and enthusiasm reflecting on busy camp ministries. What energizes you for the long haul? What challenges do campers and staff bring each summer? What do you see as opportunities and threats in the years ahead? This topic will be discussed by a panel of seasoned camp folk in company with lightly seasoned and unseasoned friends (old timers, veterans, and those who are new to camping).

Peter Surgenor recently retired from camping after 18 years as the Director of Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center (Holmes, NY). Suzanne Getz Bates is the Director of Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake (Roscommon, MI). Jim Bates is the Director of Development at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake (Roscommon, MI).
Song Leading Basics

by Matthew Black

Singing is such a central part of camping ministry, and leading music in a camp or conference setting is a very particular skill set, different from directing a choir or accompanying hymns in a traditional church setting. This interactive workshop will offer tips for effective teaching and leading of songs in a camp setting, whether around a campfire or silly songs in the dining hall.

Matthew Black (the Music Leader for the PCCCA Annual Conference) is a singer/songwriter and song leader. He writes songs both for solo performance and for congregational singing.
Kingdom Ethics in Camp Recreation

by Laura Kelly
By exploring the intention behind recreation, we will discuss the integration of the principles used in programming and camping ministries into games and activities. Specifically, by exploring how to equip campers both during and after camp sessions, encourage the celebration, but not glorification of gifts, and use the space and resources available even when they are limited.

Laura Kelly is the assistant to the Director of Program Ministries at Zephyr Point. During her time in camping ministry, she has worked with campers of all ages leading recreational activities. Laura hails from San Diego, CA and graduated from University of California, Davis in 2015.
Camp Marketing Bonanza

by Tommy Campbell
Designed with a variety of experience levels and annual budget sizes in mind, seasoned and new camp leaders will be able to get something out of this workshop covering all things in camp marketing. Attendees will leave this workshop with at least a few new ideas of how to “do marketing” at your site. There will be a brief time to share at the end as well, so marketing experts come share the wealth.

Tommy Campbell is the Director of Kirkwood Camp and Retreat Center in Eastern Pennsylvania, as well as PCCCA’s tallest member. A marketing expert by no means, he is hoping to share some of his experiences muddling his way through it, as well as ideas that are both proven and un-tested.
Pool and Waterfront Manager Training

by Scott Henderson

Every year you make sure your lifeguards go through American Red Cross or Jeff Ellis training. Who trains your senior leadership staff and management team? Did you know that managers and senior leadership carry over 90% of the liability for what happens at your pool or waterfront. In this interactive workshop, you will be equipped with sustaining, repeatable practices and procedures to avoid incidents or one of the worst possible days for you and your staff.

Scott Henderson has 18 years of camp, conference and retreat, consulting and nonprofit leadership experience. A former pool and open water lifeguard, he serves as executive director for a nationally-known drowning prevention and training organization
Dwelling on God’s Dwelling

by Loli Reiter

In this workshop, we will engage in the spiritual practice of recognizing God’s presence in moments and experiences from our everyday lives.  We will then spend time reflecting and expressing our thoughts using different art mediums.

Loli Reiter is a pastor in Florida and is one of our worship and keynote leaders this week. She has been involved in camp and conference ministries for over 20 years.

Workshop #7: Thursday From 3:15-4:30PM

The Importance of International Staff in Your Camp Community

by Elise Bates Russell and Tom Paradise
Having international as part of your camp community will change your program for life. Giving your campers and staff the opportunity to interact with people from all over the globe will make them better global citizens. In this session we will dive into why this commitment is important, how to find the best international staff for your camp, and how to make their experience the best it can be.

Tom Paradise has seen all sides of Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center, from camper to seasonal staff member to his current position as Program Director. He loves cornhole, kendama, high ropes, wilderness adventures, coffee, and the New York Mets (his office glows orange and blue). Elise Bates Russell enjoys all aspects of God’s ministry in the outdoors. This has grown out of a lifetime (almost!) of living and working at Presbyterian camps in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Michigan, and Minnesota. She is part of the consultant team for Run River Enterprises and served as PCCCA Board President.
The Now What? Story: Helping A Presbytery Move Into the 21st Century

by Ryan Moore


The world outside the walls of the church has changed, and our role as camps might just be to help local churches navigate the new reality. This workshop will explore the journey and thought process behind a brand new conference designed to leverage camp’s assets into helping churches and presbyteries be a more effective in the 21st century.

Hailing from a primarily Methodist camp background, Ryan Moore is the Director of NaCoMe Camp & Retreat Center (Pleasantville, TN). Most of his work has been in pulling camps forward culturally and programmatically.
Games for Highly Advanced Camp People

by Joe Richards
Come and learn a variety of games to play with small groups, large groups, and all groups in between. This games session will cover the rules, how to lead, and actual playing of the games. Be ready to be active.

Joe Richards is a 20-year camp professional who thinks about camps and outdoor ministries all the time. He can juggle. He can yoyo. He can sew. He has also been an Olympic Torchbearer.
Meet Them Where They Are: Grow Your Program by Thinking Outside of “Typical”

by Glenn Svetnicka

We will explore how United Church Camps, Inc. has grown and learned from 12 years of Camp AweSum, a specialty camp serving children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Conditions. The essence of Camp AweSum is being applied in a Memory Camp for folks with dementia and their care partners. We will give you ways to grow your program by thinking outside the typical.

Glenn Svetnicka is the Executive Director of United Church Camps, Inc. the non-profit organization that shepherds Moon Beach (St. Germain, WI) , Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI), and Camp AweSum, a ministry serving children and families living with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Glenn has faithfully served the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ and its member churches for 16 years. He also served as the Board President of the Outdoor Ministry Association for the United Church of Christ.
Blow up the Silos! Radical Christian Formation in the Church

by Brian Frick
A workshop guaranteed to blow your mind, and make you say – well, duh! Current practices in Christian Education are leading our children and youth RIGHT OUT THE DOOR! Join us as the National PC(USA) offices share a new way for Christian Formation re-engaging inter-generational ministry and how camps and retreats are vital for success.

A Certified Youth Theologian and Leadership Coach, Brian Frick has spent the past ten years working in the national PC(USA) offices looking for ways camp and retreat ministries can strengthen the future of church. Leadership and research-based vision are his passion and why he continues to advocate nationally for new ways of being Church.
Camp Programs, Justice, and Social Responsibility

by Colleen Earp and Peter Surgenor (workshop repeated during session #5)

How do our camp programs raise awareness of broad faith issues (Matt 25:34-40) as programs are designed to remove outside influences in order to build camp community, increase individual living skills and build faith? What place does concern for Palestine/Israel, turmoil in Africa, land justice in Central and South America, private/public land tension in the USA and food justice in our communities have in our camp programs? Join us to be challenge in your program design to begin a discussion without needing a bus to leave camp.

Colleen Earp is the Director of Youth, Environment and Service Ministries at Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville, VA). Peter Surgenor is a retired camp director and recently worked in Colombia, South America with Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.