Camp Program Summit
An Event for Summer Camp Directors

September 23-26, 2019 | Camp Wright (Maryland)



The 4th Annual Camp Program Summit is for program directors, summer camp directors, and rising leaders at your program. This three-day intensive is an empowering time to learn new skills, center yourself, set priorities, bounce ideas off others “in the trenches”, and plan for 2020.

Come together with a supportive group of colleagues to celebrate and bemoan, dream and plan, brainstorm and collaborate.


Leading from the Middle: Camp/Program Directors hold enormous responsibility, and yet they are rarely at the top of the organizational pyramid. This workshop will teach you real skills for advocating for yourself and your program and effecting real change and progress, without being the ultimate decision-maker.

Building (or Rebuilding) a Staff Culture: We’ve all been there: You are the new or returning director, and you smell something fishy. From Kumbaya and self-actualized to change-resistant or downright toxic, staff culture can make or break a summer program. Learn how to build and sustain one that’s both healthy and meaningful.

Organizational Finances 101: Don’t fear the spreadsheet! This overview of the basic ins and outs of non-profit financial management will help you take on new responsibilities and more effectively manage a program – or bigger -- budget.

Episcopal Identity: No matter your level of affiliation with the Episcopal Church, you need to be able to articulate your program’s Episcopal Identity to a variety of audiences – including campers, parents, and staff. Get tips and perspectives, and a brave space to ask questions, in this workshop.

Staff Training Best Practices & Brainstorm: An opportunity to meet and collaborate with similarly-structured programs to debrief your staff training – what works, what doesn’t, and what next year could look like.

About Our Presenters

Paris Ball is the Minister for Christian Formation and Director of Shrine Mont Camps, where she oversees diocesan formation ministries for people of all ages. She oversees Parish Youth Ministries (PYM), diocesan Campus Ministry programs, seasonal offerings for congregations, and Shrine Mont Camps. Currently, she is passionate and excited about working with leaders and congregations to think creatively about how they can use outside the box, and utilize existing resources to promote faith formation for people of all ages.

Julia Connelly Zahn is the Director of Camp Wright. Julia attended Camp Wright as a child and credits the Episcopal camping experience as essential in her faith formation and development. Julia worked as Camp Wright's Associate Director for eight years, supervising the day and resident camp programs. After the birth of her son in 2013, she stepped away from camp ministry until she was invited to return in 2016 as Interim Director, assuming the role of Director in 2018. She is deeply interested in times of transition and the growth and positive change that can occur.

Dave Malter is the Director of the Gratz College Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership and a frequent speaker at camp conferences. Dave has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator and consultant.

Dave grew up at Camp Discovery in New York where he spent eight summers as a camper and seven summers working with special needs campers. He went on to become the “Director of Fun” at Meadowbrook Country Day Camp and after several years joined the American Camp Association’s New York professional office working on educational initiatives. When he graduated from his Tri-State position, Dave joined Pine Grove Day Camp in New Jersey as the Assistant Director.

In addition to his work with camps, Dave is a professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. His passions are deeply rooted in providing innovative educational content and opportunities for youth leaders at all levels.


The Camp Program Summit will be held at Camp Wright on beautiful Kent Island in Maryland. Flights are frequent and affordable to Baltimore (BWI), 45 minutes away. Plan to fly into BWI by 2pm on Monday, September 23 and depart after 2pm on Thursday, September 26. Airport transportation will be available.


We work hard to make this event affordable enough to fit into any budget. Dorm and single rooms are available, as are scholarships and airport transportation to/from BWI.



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