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AACP Connect Series 2020-2021

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AACP has planned the ongoing Connect Series - a collection of virtual events with shorter time frames presentations - by highly qualified speakers to address various topics. Our basic plan is as follows (with details added as classes are confirmed).

NAD Webinars – AACP & COVID-19 Conversation

Webinar #1 - Monday, March 23, 2020 
Agenda - Finances, having camp this summer, summer camp alternatives, staffing

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Webinar #2 - Monday, March 30, 2020 
Agenda - Conference Centers and Year Round Camps

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Webinar #3 - Monday, April 13, 2020
Agenda - Protocols & Certifications

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Date and Time Speaker Topic

Tue, Dec. 15, 2020
4:00 PM Eastern

Ben Lundquist & Special Guest Brad Lomenick

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A discussion on leadership and leading well with Ben Lundquist, Director of Young Adults for the Oregon Conference and producer of the Rise & Lead podcast and Brad Lomenick, a leadership consultant, speaker, founder of BLINC, and author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership. 

Tue, Jan 12, 2021
4:00 PM Eastern

Michelle Cummings, CEO, Training Wheels

Watch Recorded Presentation

Tips and Tricks for Successful Icebreakers and Staff Training Activities

  • Learn multiple virtual icebreaker activities you can implement immediately.
  • Learn several experiential Staff Training activities you can do in the virtual space.
  • Learn tips and tricks for different ways to keep participants engaged in a virtual setting.
  • Understand the importance of including movement into your presentation. 

Tue, Jan 19
4:00 PM Eastern

Rick Braschler, Risk Management Director at Kanakuk Camps Child Sexual Abuse: Create a Strategy, not Just a Checklist

Tue, Feb 9
4:00 PM Eastern

Dr. Lisa Gilbal, MD

Join Dr. G., family physician and resilience expert, for this interactive session on how to help your families - and next year's staff - build their resilience and navigate the current upheaval so that they can act on their belief in the importance of camp. You'll spend time brainstorming with Dr. G and your colleagues to create communication tools and developing strategies for recruitment and retention of camper families and of staff for the 2021 (and 2022) season.

Tue, Feb 16
4:00 PM Eastern

Dr. Heather Thompson Day, Associate Professor of Communications, Colorado Christian University

Dr. Heather Thompson Day will present on diversity. Dr. Day believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. The Myth of Race is Heather’s diversity training seminar. Since biologically race is a myth, what we are talking about when we discuss race is really our different experiences. In this seminar Heather will break down why race is a myth, why you should never talk over anyone else’s experience, and white privilege.

Tue, March 9
4:00 PM Eastern

Kristina Blanchard Allen  4:00-5:00 PM

Esther Lorenson, RN 5:15-6:15 PM

Equestrian Presentations

“The Equine Impact: Horses impact the body, mind, and spirit across generational lines and beyond summer camp” by Kristina Blanchard Allen

The daughter of two Adventist teachers, Kristina Allen, spent her childhood summers at Camp Lawroweld in beautiful Maine. She went on to work camp horsemanship under Esther Lorenson at both Nosoca Pines Ranch in South Carolina and Camp Heritage in Missouri. Kristina practiced nine years as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for a full-service Equine Practice in upstate New York. Now a mom to four, Kristina lives and works as a Registered Nurse in Athens, Texas, directing horsemanship, and volunteering her time to Lone Star Camp where her husband, Bob Allen, is the camp’s Manager.

“Pandemic Performance - Working Out the Bugs” Equestrian programs during a pandemic

Esther Lorenson is the founder and director of Equestrian Management Workshops, LLC and Horses Highlighting His Word, has served in the equestrian and camping industry for over 40 years, and is passionate about horses and sharing Jesus.

Tue, March 16
4:00 PM Eastern

Sualua Tupolo  
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Chef, Southwestern Adventist University

Darla Roe
5:15-6:15 PM Camp Ida-Haven

Food Service Topics

Meeting the Challenges of 2021

Chef Sualua Tupolo, AS Culinary Arts, is the Director /  Executive Chef of Dining Service for Southwestern Adventist University. Chef Tupolo has served as the exclusive Chef for three governors of American Samoa, preparing meals for special government functions, legislators, and heads of state. He had the honor of presenting a cooking class for the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill and won a Telly Award for the Cooking Vegetarian Program featured on the Hope Channel.

Food Service Ministry: Organize and Simplifies to Maximize

Tue, April 6
4:00 PM Eastern

Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CRNI, CPNP, FNP-BC, Executive Director, Association of Camp Nursing

Medical Concerns at Summer Camp

Tue, April 13
4:00 PM Eastern

Scott Shaw, Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) Fundraising Coach / Mission Increase Liaison Developing a Year-Round Fundraising Plan

Our Connect Series Steering Committee Members are: Kiefer Dooley, Denison Sager, Bill Wood, and Hector Perez. If you have ideas for future Connect Series events, please get in contact with one of them.