JCC day camps make up the highest percentage of Jewish day camps in North America, providing meaningful camp experiences for tens of thousands of campers each summer. Though shifting trends in the camp world make it challenging to meet expectations (let alone budget), our camps annually provide meaningful experiences that help build community and educate and engage campers and staff throughout the summer and year. The Day Camp job track will be one of the largest at Professional Conference, providing participants with a network of colleagues. An all-star lineup of presenters will engage and challenge you as you prepare for camp 2019 and will provide you with a plethora of ideas to put into action!
Day Camp Job Track Leader: Aaron Greenberg, Senior Consultant for Day Camp Initiatives
Responsible for the development, administration, and execution of programs, initiatives and partnerships for the JCC field for day camp
Session Title #1: What’s Hot at JCC Camps
Description: A favorite session at ProCon is the program and resource share. Our camps are rich with talent and fresh ideas. We’ve got an all-star lineup of replicable successes for you to bring back to your camp.
Session Title #2: Training Day Camp Staff to Exceed Expectations
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Gilboa, Parenting and Youth Development Expert
Description: Day camps rely on people barely out of camp themselves to staff their programs. Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a noted parenting and youth development expert, will explore with us how we put young people (and their parents) in jobs for which they’re not quite ready, and how we can support them and set realistic expectations from the first day that lead to success for both them and our camps. Along the way, we’ll touch on how we keep our staff motivated and engaged throughout their employment.
Session Title #3: Israel at Day Camp: More than Army Training, Chocolate Balls and Falafel
Speakers: Sarah Atkins Educational Consultant, iCenter; Michael Soberman, Senior Educational Consultant, iCenter; Ori Arochas, Camps and Shlichim Coordinator, The Jewish Agency for Israel
Description: Participants will explore creating hands-on, innovative and engaging Israel Programming at Camp, led by the iCenter for Israel Education, Israel’s the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education.
Session Title #4
- Part I: You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a First (or Last) Impression (Joint with Children/After School Job Tracks)
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Description: Dr. Deborah Gilboa discusses drop-offs, pick-ups, and transitions: how to help staff, campers and parents start and end the day well, and everything in between.
- Part II: JResponse: Preparing for Emergencies (Joint with Children/After School and Teens Job Tracks)
Session Title #5: Crunch Time Summer 2019—Are We Ready?
Description: March is nearly here, and there’s so much to do. What will make you ready for camp? Our final session will focus on getting you where you want to be for summer 2019.