That Would Never Happen at My Camp!

When a crisis occurs, how will your staff respond? This session will share “lessons learned” from an analysis of the American Camp Association Hotline reports and provide suggested steps and resources to assist in crisis management, staff training, and preparation for the unexpected.

Through discussions of case studies this session will share valuable information about health/medical issues, personnel issues, allegations of abuse, camper behavior issues, parent behavior, death, and special situations.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:


  1. Describe 3 trends in crisis hotline situations
  2. Identify 3 resources useful in crisis situations
  3. Articulate 2 staff training ideas that help prepare staff for crisis situations

About the Speaker: Tori Barnes is responsible for Membership and Customer Development with the American Camp Association. 



Part-Time Marketing

We all want positive public relations. Learn some simple yet effective and efficient ways to market and communicate messages to your audiences, whether it be targeted towards members of the congregation, neighbors, the general community, or the media. The trusty newsletter still works but there is a whole realm of new and engaging ways to communicate and share your story thanks to technology and social media. And you don’t need a marketing degree to use them. The tools for communicating today belong to everyone.

About the Presenter Cathy Lee Chong is the director of communications at ‘Iolani School. Her previous positions include: promotions director at the ABC network affiliate KITV in Honolulu, creative services director at ABC network affiliate WTOK in Meridian, Mississippi, public relations director of Florida Keys Memorial Hospital, and Features Editor/Reporter for the Key West Citizen in Key West Florida. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in editorial journalism and business and has grown daughters who are twins and 14-year-old sons who are also twins.


Special Event Fundraising

Special events are the most common fundraising device used by small nonprofit organizations. The limitless variety and flexibility of special events make them ideal for acquiring and retaining donor support. One or two special events each year can greatly assist organizations in building a broad base of individual donors, which allows the organization to increase its annual giving. Special event fundraisers, often called fundraising benefits, are social gatherings that: raise public awareness, cultivate prospects & donors, raise money for annual operating needs and special projects.

Is an event fundraiser right for you? We will discuss the pros and cons of event fundraisers, the lifecycle of the event, the audience profile, and share some success stories. Join us to learn the importance of event fundraisers as part of your Development Plan.

About the Presenter: Eleanor Reeves is the Executive Director for Beckwith Camp and Retreat Center in Fairhope, Alabama. She was the Director of Marketing and Development for 5 years before being named Interim Executive Director in 2014 and Executive Director in July 2015. She has attended the Annual ECCC conference since 2012 serving on the program committee for 2 years and chairing the annual auction for 3 years. Eleanor is a member of the ECCC Board and is also active with the Alabama Association of Nonprofits graduating from the 2012 class of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and serving on the Regional Leadership Council. Additionally, Eleanor completed the Education for Ministry program administered by the School of Theology, the University of the South. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Baldwin County and a current member of its Steering Committee. She also holds a Level 1 Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of South Alabama. Eleanor graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA Communication and MA Education.


Keynote: Christian Conscience and Resisting Captivity: The Hawaiian Nationalist

Using a variety of media, including live music, Professor Osorio will narrate a brief history of the occupation of the Hawaiian Nation by the United States and discuss the conflicting obligations to pursue an advocacy for justice and honest reconciliation while acknowledging that peaceful reconciliation may not be possible. 

About the Keynote Presenter: Dr. Osorio is a Native Hawaiian from Hilo, Hawai'i married to a proud Detroit liberal and father of five children and one foster child. He is a full Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii, has authored and edited on Hawaii Kingdom history, contemporary issues in Hawai'i and essays on the relationship between our people and our lands. 


Meet our Chaplains

The Rev. Brooks Cato is a priest in the Episcopal Church in Central New York and recently served on the Board of Trustees of Camp Mitchell in the Diocese of Arkansas.

Brooks has lived in New Mexico and Thailand, and studied psychology at the University of Central Arkansas.

He first began to feel his calling to ordained ministry during college, after several years working as a counselor and then assistant director of Camp Mitchell. After graduating and getting married, Brooks began attending seminary at Sewanee.

Brooks graduated from seminary in 2013 and served as priest-in-charge at St. Paul's in Newport, Arkansas for one year and as curate at Christ Church in Little Rock for two years. He is now in his first year as rector of St. Thomas' Church in Hamilton, New York. He is excited to continue to grow in ministry and serve God and God's people in our wonderful church, reaching into the world while helping to create and foster sacred spaces.


Christopher Peter James Golding is passionate about sharing God’s love found in Christ Jesus.

Born in 1983 in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher’s step-mother, a native of Denver, CO, instilled in him a love for the United States. It was that love which led him to the continental U.S. on a scholarship-based research trip for six weeks in late 2010. This travel facilitated practical investigation of environmental sustainability and social justice issues by connecting with the Episcopal Church and U.S.-based interfaith organizations.

Christopher married Julia Pitt-Owen, a music teacher, choral director, and administrator in 2010 at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Canberra. Christopher and Julia are parents to Phoebe (b. 2011) and James (b. 2012). Ordained in the Anglican Church of Australia as a deacon and priest in 2011,

Christopher served his curacy in Young, New South Wales: a diverse, multi-center rural parish. He relocated with his family in January 2015 to accept a call as Associate Rector of the Parish of St. Clement’s, Honolulu.

Holding a deep love of the ecological, liturgical, and monastic traditions of the Christian faith, the Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit, NY has become Christopher’s monastic spiritual home and place of personal retreat since relocating to the U.S.

Christopher has been involved in the Christian Healing Ministry since 2009 when he encountered a transformative experience of the Spirit through the laying on of hands and anointing. He strives to actively promote the understanding and practice of this ministry as a way to healing, reconciliation, and wholeness.

A vegan, Christopher enjoys time spent with family and friends, singing, reading, study, meditation, going to the movies, and enjoying the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.