KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND
CampJAM–Mid States Community Birthday
CAMPJam is a celebratory experience that embraces the familiar camp concepts of growth, learning and FUN! CAMPJam is a customized experiential learning event designed to practice community-building skills in an inclusive, multi-tasking environment that combines the spirits of collaboration, competition, and lighthearted play. Join us in this highly motivating, energizing and fully participative microcosm of camp, in celebration of Mid States 25th birthday! Learning and laughter guaranteed!
Faith Evans, M.Ed, owner of PlayFully, Inc, whose professional camp history spans 55 years, specializes in experiential camp training and conference workshops. Faith was recognized by ACA nationally, (1997 and 2007) her for outstanding staff training, and for excellence in writing for articles published in Camping Magazine. Faith is co-author of “The More the Merrier – Leading Large Group Games” and “99 of the Best Corporate Experiential Games We Know.” ” She co-authored the ground breaking book “Play It, Measure It – Designs to Elicit Specific Youth Outcomes,” partnering her original play experiences with three specific youth outcomes researched and developed by ACA.
Hundreds of camp staff have “played their way” to learning about leadership, communication and fun during Faith’s innovative staff training event called “CampJam.”
The American Camp Association nationally recognized Faith with the Hedley S. Dimock Award for outstanding staff training, and the Golden Quill Award for excellence in writing through numerous articles published in ACA’s “Camping Magazine”. She was also honored with the Kurt Hahn Recognition from the Association for Experiential Education. Faith is a co-founder of Play for Peace, a global organization who, since 1997, has used play to promote positive, life-long relationships among people whose communities suffer from a history of cross-cultural tensions. Faith is a pioneering contributor to ExpertOnlineTraining.com.
She lives and plays happily beside a stream in Estes Park, Colorado; and is thrilled to witness the motto, “What goes around, comes around - now, her grandchildren love going to camp as much as she does!
Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in
Their Digital World
Many parents, educators and camp leadership worry that kids are addicted to technology and detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World offers an inside perspective on what kids are really feeling about navigating reputation, friendships and exclusion in a the age of texting and social media. What are the benefits of unplugging? How can we understand these kids and help them build their in person social skills? Dr. Heitner offers a realistic yet optimistic perspective relevant to all professionals who work with kids.
Devorah Heitner, PhD
Devorah Heitner, founder and director of Raising Digital Natives Heitner is an experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant on the digital lives of children. She helps families and schools manage the new stresses of technology on our children. Dr Heitner has a PhD in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and is raising a budding digital native.
Starting the Day Well
Morning activities from Teamwork & Teamplay.
Jim Cain, PhD
Teambuilding Guru Dr. Jim Cain is the author of over a dozen favorite teambuilding texts filled with playful activities from around the world. He is skilled at making staff trainings active, engaging, memorable, effective and fun!
US vs. THEM: Creating Connection at Camp
In our current polarized and divided society, the camp experience is more important than ever. We camp professionals cultivate communities of connection and respect. We must embrace this opportunity with great intentionality and commitment. Steve will outline specific ways to do build our communities.
Steve has been a camp professional since 1993. Steve and his wife Susie are co-Directors of Camp Champions in Texas. He is a partner in Everwood Day Camp in Massachusetts and Camp Pinnacle in North Carolina. He is also working to bring camps to China and Chinese campers to US camps.
He has been actively involved with the ACA, chairing the Tri-State Camp Conference (2008-2010) and serving on the National Board (2010-2016).
Steve was an honor graduate from both Davidson College and Harvard Business School. Steve currently blogs for Psychology Today on Youth Development and Parenting. He speaks regularly about the power of the camp experience, and gave a TEDx talk on the importance of unplugging at camp.
Steve and Susie have four children: twin 20-year old sons Wiley and Liam, daughters Terrill (18) and Virginia (15).
Last year, Steve and Susie conducted an odd experiment: 20 weeks of backpacking with their kids in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. They remain surprisingly sane.