COCAcademy 2018 with Jack Schott, Steve Maguire, and Dr. Chris Thurber


Friday November 9th- Saturday November 10th

(Join in for one or more sessions, or the entire 2 days.)

 

Spend two days with three of the best, brightest and most innovative professionals in the camp industry!

Jack Schott, Steve Maguire, and Dr. Chris Thurber will host COCAcademy, an immersive series of four double-length workshops:

Friday’s COCAcademy

      • Simulation Drills: Volunteer Leadership for the New Millennium
      • Elevate Programming from Excellent to Unforgettable

Saturday’s COCAcademy

      • Look Before You Leap: Risk Management and Intelligent Failure
      • Core Stories: Uncovering the Value of Values Across the Lifespan

FRIDAY, November 9th

Workshop Title, Description, and Learning Outcomes

10:15--11:15

Staff development

Simulation Drills: Volunteer Leadership for the New Millennium, Part 1 of 2

(Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.)

Many camps have the unique privilege and challenge of staffing with volunteers, some of whom are experienced professionals in another field. Although they bring a strong sense of community and commitment, they sometimes behave in entitled, resistant ways. With a ton of information to deliver in a short period of time, how can any director endow their diverse staff with the requisite skills? The answer lies in teaching them how to think, not simply what to think.

 Learning Outcomes:

  1. Design simulation drills embedded with critical thinking and practical leadership.
  2. Acquire first-hand experience performing both basic and advanced simulation drills.
  3. Manage the group process of offering praise and criticism to nurture staff performance and build a culture of continuous professional development.

11:30--12:30

Staff development

Simulation Drills: Volunteer Leadership for the New Millennium, Part 2 of 2

  • Continuation of 10:15--11:15 session.
  • Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.

2:00--3:00

Operations/Risk Management

Look Before You Leap: Risk Management and Intelligent Failure, Part 1 of 2

(Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.)

Here’s a sobering fact: Accidents are the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. But seven principles of awareness can instantly reverse that trend at your camp. Sure, teens and young staff can be impulsive, but their exuberance and creativity are unmatched. Participants in this fresh new workshop will learn mindful concepts that allow them to teach others to think differently about risks and consequences. Learn how to make common sense common and how to help young people embrace “Intelligent Failure” as a source of pride.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand how failure is a natural process, integral to learning and necessary for strong character.
  2. Identify the emotional and cultural obstacles to unhealthy risk taking, and how to minimize accidents and injuries.
  3. Integrate failure experiences as an intentional and healthy component of common-sense programming and leadership.

 

3:15--4:15

Operations/Risk Management

Look Before You Leap: Risk Management and Intelligent Failure, Part 2 of 2

  • Continuation of 10:15--11:15 session.
  • Attendance at both sessions highly recommended.

 

SATURDAY, November 10th

Workshop Title, Description, and Learning Outcomes

11:30--12:30

Programming

Elevate Programming from Excellent to Unforgettable, Part 1 of 2

(Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.)

Traditions at camp are important—but innovation is also crucial. The best camps maintain mission-driven practices and strive to improve by shedding stale customs. This session will give you tons of new ideas that you can implement this summer, plus essential methods for crafting new and inspiring program activities. From whale wrestling to make your own backpack, let us inspire your creativity with ideas and prompts that your staff can run this summer mostly using supplies you already have.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Acquire inexpensive, yet outrageous activities you can add to your program toolbox.
  2. Understand the value of outlandish, memorable activities to your mission and your bottom line.
  3. Explore several methods of training staff to generate and lead their own outrageous activities.

1:30--2:30

Programming

Elevate Programming from Excellent to Unforgettable, Part 2 of 2

  • Continuation of 10:15--11:15 session.
  • Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.

2:45--3:45

Child Development

Core Stories: Uncovering the Value of Values Across the Lifespan, Part 1 of 2*

(Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.)

*Activity developed by Sarah Kurtz Mckinnon

The young people we serve and the staff we work with are complex, diverse, and beautiful individuals. At camp, it can be easy to assume that what we see is what we get. In this intensive workshop, participants will spend nearly two full hours connecting with a subset of friends and colleagues to experience for themselves the awesome value of protecting substantial time for sharing and listening to the stories that make us who we are.

People are hard to hate close-up. Move in.” --Brené Brown

  1. Learn about our unique humanity by sharing formative experiences that have shaped our character.
  2. Examine the connections between our lived experiences, others’ experiences, and the values we hold dear.
  3. Build a network of trusted individuals who are devoting time, energy, and resources to creating the best possible camps for young cancer survivors.

4:00--5:00

Child Development

Core Stories: Uncovering the Value of Values Across the Lifespan, Part 2 of 2

  • Continuation of 2:45--3:45 session.
  • Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended.

What is the COCAcademy?

Something New! Something Just for You!

The COCAcademy is an invigorating departure from traditional conference tracks. Each workshop will turbocharge your inner expert by immersing you in challenging scenarios, simultaneously led by three camp trailblazers: Jack Schott, Steve Maguire, and Dr. Chris Thurber.

Who Should Attend?

Directors, Staff, Volunteers, Counselors...  Everyone!

Any and all participants of COCA-I! It is designed to meet the learning needs of both beginners and more experienced camping professionals.
It’s for anyone interested in training and leading staff who will help transform the lives of children with cancer.

What Can I Expect?

Designed Just for Oncology Camps!

The COCAcademy workshops were designed with you in mind after consulting with COCA members and the COCA directors. They offer cutting-edge content in leadership, emotional intelligence, social skills, communication, and programming. The brief descriptions below give you a glimpse of what’s ahead. The academy facilitators also make spontaneous decisions to cover novel topics based on a group’s unique dynamics.

YOUR COCAcademy FACILITATORS

Dr. Chris Thurber
Dr. Chris Thurberchris@drchristhurber.com
About Chris
Dr. Christopher Thurber is devoted to educating leaders using innovative content that stirs thinking and compels action. A graduate of Harvard University, Chris has served as a psychologist and instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy since 1999. He is the co-founder of ExpertOnlineTraining.com, a website that hosts a library of original educational videos for youth leaders. He has been invited to deliver keynotes, contribute articles, and lead workshops on five continents. Chris is the proud father of two boys—Danilo, born 2002, and Sava, born 2004. Both play violin for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSOweb.org). He and his wife Simonida, a chemist and musician who grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, live in New Hampshire, in the northeast United States. You can learn more about Chris and access all of his articles, book chapters, and podcast on DrChrisThurber.com..
Jack Schott
Jack SchottJack@campstompingground.org
About Jack
Jack struggles with rules, hearing no, and sitting still, in all the best and worst ways. He and Laura Kriegel are the founders of Camping Coast to Coast, where they spent 2½ years traveling the country. They visited more than 200 summer camps, searching for ways to bring more kids to better camps.  Passionate about creating a place where play could thrive, Jack and Laura put these ideas into action, founding Stomping Ground, an overnight camp dedicated to radical empathy, self-direction, and reimagining a world where more is possible. He is a Directors’ Camp facilitator and co-founder of The Summer Camp Society.  Jack has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has studied web design and digital marketing for X years. He is an entrepreneur, an ideas-generator, and a creative yet systematic problem-solver.
Steve McGuire
Steve McGuiregoturnstone@gmail.com
About Steve
Steve Maguire is professional speaker, teacher, author and dad.  He has presented to tens of thousands youth development professionals over the last 14 years. 

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.

In 2004 Steve started his own professional speaking business because he saw a need for dynamic, fun and educational programs in both the academic and camp setting. Since then, over 800 schools and summer camps across the United States have brought him in to work with their faculty and staff. He has the perfect blend of humor and energy. His audiences consistently describe him as “dynamic,” “hilarious” and “engaging.”

Steve has written numerous articles for Education and Camping magazines across the United States and Canada. He is the author of two books. 23 Ways to Maximize Your School Relationships and Not the Way You Have Always Done It, with Sarah Kurtz Mckinnon.

You can read more about Steve here… www.goturnstone.com

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