As first-time attendees of the Tri-State CAMP Conference, we were thrilled to join over 3,800 camp professionals from around the world in a truly exhilarating and informative experience. From the moment we arrived, we felt a sense of excitement and anticipation that lasted throughout the conference.
On the first day of the conference, we attended several courses, including “It’s All About Week One,” “Train Staff Who Present New Challenges,” “Identifying, Avoiding, and Addressing Staff Toxicity,” and “Planning, Organizing, and Communicating Better,” among others. These sessions were invaluable opportunities to learn from experienced camp professionals and network with other new leaders in the industry.
Later that evening, we enjoyed a CampGroup-sponsored dinner where we met directors and administrators from our family of sleepaway and day camps. It was a great chance to hear about what makes our camps successful and memorable.
The conference began with an inspiring opening keynote address that led to the grand opening of the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall was a highlight for us, as we were able to connect with vendors and learn about new products, services, and food options that could benefit our camp.
Throughout the conference, there were plenty of networking opportunities, including meet and greets, that allowed us to connect with other camp professionals to share ideas and best practices. On the final day of the conference, we attended additional sessions including one of our favorites- “Michael’s 25th Tri-State Anniversary Party: Back to Basics,” presented by Michael Brandwein, a favorite of veteran Tri-State attendees.
Overall, attending the Tri-State CAMP Conference was an incredible experience that left us feeling inspired, informed, and energized. We gained a wealth of new knowledge and ideas that we can bring back to Shibley Day Camp. We can’t wait to attend again next year and continue to learn and grow.
Melissa and Peter