Early in October, the American Camp Association hosted it’s Southeastern regional conference in Jacksonville, FL. I was asked to present on ‘Recruiting, Interviewing & Hiring Quality Staff’ on the final morning of the conference. You can read more about this topic in my previous two blog posts HERE. It was a great chance to interact and share ideas about the most important job camp professionals have: hiring the staff that interact with our campers. Also, I would like to give a big thanks to everyone who came to the presentation!
I also had the wonderful opportunity to give an EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) Talk. It was a chance for a few of us (Shawn Marler – from Camp Rockmont & Sara Huffman – from Green River Preserve) to speak to the majority of the conference attendees on any issue pertaining to camping of our choosing. Think TED Talk: an inspirational story, teaching a skill, challenging a longstanding belief within the camping industry, or reaffirming the lifestyle that we camp pros choose.
Briefly, I chose to talk about some of the difficulties that come along with the camp professional’s lifestyle, particularly that others do not always understand why we do, what we do. However, if we know the answer to that question, and are intentional about remembering that we are responsible for creating an environment that produces joy for others, we will be filled with that same joy. Simply, it was a chance for me to say ‘thank you’ to a lot of devoted youth development professionals for making a positive impact on their campers’ lives.
Finally, I would like to thank Ruby Compton (GRP) for asking me to be a part of this and to Shawn and Sara for their amazing messages and sharing the stage with me. You guys are the best!
Watch and enjoy!