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Speaker:  Steve Gross, MSW, Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good Playmaker Project   9 am Keynote Title: The Healing Power of Play and Optimism

The Healing Power of Play and Optimism

Friday, November 10th, 9:00am

Steve Gross, MSW, Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good Playmaker Project.

Optimism is powerful. When human beings strengthen their ability to see and focus on the goodness and value in themselves, others, and the world around them, their social, emotional, and cognitive superpowers emerge. Optimism, however, is fragile. Chronic stress, fear and overwhelming adversity can weaken and destroy our capacity for optimism. This inspiring presentation by Steve Gross, helps professionals who work with children, discover the power of optimism to create safe, loving, joyful, and engaging environments where kids can heal, grow, and thrive. Using research, humor, and personal stories from 30+ years of work with kids and their caretakers Steve will share how practicing optimism can bring out the best in ourselves, our colleagues, and our children. 


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ATTENTION Camp Medical Staff and Directors

Don't Miss The Communicable Disease Plan Workshop at COCAcon!


Join us at COCAcon for an essential workshop tailored exclusively for Camp Medical Staff and Directors: "Understanding the Constancy of Communicable Disease:  Conditions, Considerations, and Care".

Session Summary:  Communicable disease is a constant. As humans, we have the ability to transfer illness between one another requiring perseverance in our health promotion efforts in community based settings like camp. For our oncology populations, there is a heightened need for prevention and care. This session will outline some of the most communicable illnesses, considerations related to those illnesses, and steps to creating a communicable disease plan (CDP).

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from renowned experts in the field, Dr. Raphael Landovitz, a distinguished Infectious Disease Clinician from UCLA, and Dr. Tracey Gaslin, the esteemed CEO of the Alliance for Camp Health.

Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 1:00 pm CT

In this interactive workshop, we will delve into crucial aspects to consider when developing and refining your Camp's Communicable Disease Plan. By attending, you'll not only gain invaluable insights but also earn medical CEU's for your participation. Remember to bring members of your medical team to maximize the benefits!

Key workshop highlights:
1. Comprehensive review of common communicable diseases prevalent in camp settings.
2. Addressing vaccine hesitancy and effectively educating camp families on the importance of vaccination.
3. Crafting a robust communicable disease plan encompassing preventive measures and efficient response strategies.

Don't miss out on this indispensable opportunity to enhance your camp's preparedness and safeguard the health of your campers and staff. Mark your calendars and make sure to be there at COCAcon!

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COCAcademy 2023

PLAYing with Purpose

We are excited to announce, The Summer Camp Society is coming to COCAcon! This year’s COCAcademy theme, PLAYing with Purpose: Revitalizing Staff Training & Empowering Campers will be led by Allison Krabill, Executive Director and Jack Schott, Co-founder of The Summer Camp Society. (Some of you may remember meeting Jack at COCAcon in Fargo.) Their outside-of-the-box sessions promise to be interactive, intentional, educational and, of course, a whole lot of fun! Stay tuned to this page and the COCA newsletter as more details will come soon.
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COCAcon 2023 Merch

Check out COCA on Bonfire and shop official merchandise today! Featuring limited edition, custom  apparel, printed with care in the USA just for you!

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Phone: 205 410 7154