Roundtable: Going to the Dogs: A Pet Policy Discussion

Does your center operate smoothly when it comes to pets on the property? Has your center struggled with pet issues involving employees or guests? Join your colleagues in a roundtable discussion centered on pets at our facilities. The session will start with an overview of the rules and regulations regarding service animals as defined by the American Disabilities Act, how ADA applies to our centers, and ways to address animals at your site in ways compliant with ADA. Please bring copies of your center’s employee and guest pet policies to review and share, and come prepared to join in the conversation.

About the Presenters: James and Lisa Marie Ryder are the Co-Directors of Camp Latgawa in Southern Oregon—a ministry partnership of the United Methodist and Episcopal churches. As youth and young adults they were formed and transformed in Christian camping and have held leadership positions at camps in Indiana, North Carolina, Maryland, and internationally in Austria. They relocated to Oregon from Washington, D.C. where James worked on Capitol Hill and for public policy non-profits. Lisa Marie managed the outreach and visitor services departments of the National Children’s Museum.

Dolly is a certified Facility Dog at Camp Latgawa. Dolly was bred and raised to be a working dog by Canine Angels Service Teams—a non-profit that trains service dogs for children with disabilities. Dolly participated in 18-months of residential training to prepare to work in a camp and retreat center environment. Dolly’s job at Camp Latgawa is to provide emotional and therapeutic benefits to guests and staff. She is an invited guest of the ECCC conference. She will work at conference sessions, social events, and worship with James and Lisa Marie. She would love for you to pet her and spend time with her. As with any animal, please ask her handlers before saying hello to Dolly.


Workshop: There is Such a Thing as Free: Google Ads for Non-Profits

Did you know that Google offers $10,000 in free Google ads a month for qualified, vetted non-profits? This is quite literally free advertising money for your camp or conference center. In this hands-on session, we will review everything you need to know to run an effective campaign on Google, from keywords and cost-per-click, through tracking.

To get the most out of this session, please sign your center/organization up for a Google for Non-Profits account before the conference.

About the Presenter: Ashley Graham-Wilcox is Director of Communications & Development for Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers, and, until recently, Marketing & Outreach Manager for Camp Stevens in the Dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego. 

In her time at Camp Stevens, Ashley oversaw a 22% increase in summer camp enrollment, and through ECCC, she has trained over two dozen camp/retreat center directors in future planning strategies. While copywriting and social media are where Ashley’s passions lie, as a one-person marketing team, she’s learned to push her comfort zone to include design, layout, and website development – and she sometimes even enjoys them! Prior to joining the Episcopal camping world in 2009, she worked in advertising and event marketing in Boston.


Roundtable: Keeping Children Safe: Changes to Safeguarding God’s Children

Keeping the children at your camp, on your property, and in your program safe is everyone’s responsibility. During the 78th General Convention it was resolved that the Episcopal Church Center arrange for the updating or supplementing of written and web-based materials used in the Safeguarding God’s Children and the Safeguarding God’s People programs to better account for social media, and overnight events like camp and conference center programs. What does this mean for your center, your staff, and your training programs? Bronwyn Clark Skov will walk us through the resolution and ask the participants for their ideas of what an effective policy and training for Camp & Conference Centers would look like.

About the Presenter: Bronwyn Clark Skov, Team Leader, Formation & Congregational Development, and Officer, Youth Ministries, Episcopal Church Center

Bronwyn Clark Skov spent 14 years in congregational youth ministry, serving two parishes and a rural region of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. She also served as a dean for 7th & 8th Grade Camp and a board member for the Cass Lake Episcopal Camp Board.

For four years she served on the Bishop of Minnesota’s staff as the Canon Missioner for Faith Formation and Lay Leadership, coordinating diocesan youth ministry and providing support, training, and resources for congregational lay leaders both in liturgical settings and with Vestries and Bishop’s Committees. She served as one of nine Provincial Youth Ministry Coordinators of the Episcopal Church, serving Province VI for four years, before her appointment to the Youth Ministries office on the denominational staff in 2009.

Bronwyn is a Safeguarding God’s People trainer and serves as a consultant to the Nathan Network. She has completed a certificate program for Youth Ministry with Princeton Theological Seminary’s Youth Forums. Currently serving as the team leader for the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team in the Episcopal Church Center’s Department for Mission, she frequently visits Episcopal dioceses and provinces to teach, preach, listen, and learn.

In her spare time she camps, rides a motorcycle, fly-fishes, and skis. She works from her home in rural Minnesota where she lives with her husband and two college-age sons.


Roundtable: Using Your Farm and Kitchen to Grow Your Profits

Gravatt Camp and Conference Center has experienced success over the past couple of years turning extra produce from the garden and the grocer into store sales in the form of canned goods, baked goods, and casseroles. It’s been an excellent source of additional revenue as well as a new avenue of marketing. Learn how Gravatt has jumped through the hoops of outside licensing and worked with area retailers to develop and market their line, and discuss how you might implement something similar at your site.

About the Presenter: Lauri SoJourner (Executive Director, Gravatt Camp & Conference Center)

Lauri SoJourner is Executive Director of Gravatt Camp & Conference Center in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. She earned her BA in English – Professional Communications and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Winthrop University. She earned her MA in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.

Lauri has served at Gravatt, a 270-acre nonprofit retreat center and summer camp located in Aiken, South Carolina, since 2007. As executive director, she is the chief executive, financial, and operating officer for the organization. One of her favorite parts of working at Gravatt is when she is able to step out of her administrative role to work with student, church, and professional groups through challenge course activities, goal setting, and strategic planning.

Lauri lives on-site at Gravatt to serve the needs of guests and staff with her new husband, four children and a small zoo of animals.

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