All tagged 2020 Session

2019 was the kick-off year for an ECCC staff exchange program. Funded by a grant from the Episcopal Church’s Office of Formation, this program aims to:

  • Cultivate a new generation of Episcopal camping and retreat ministry leaders

  • Strengthen programs around the network with fresh ideas and energy

  • Broaden our programs’ hiring pools

  • Pursue ways of diversifying our camps’ staffs

  • Lovingly support young adult staff moving “out of the nest.”

  • Pay summer staff a fair wage

  • Make Episcopal camping leadership a visible, productive, and rewarding ministry path.

In this session, we’ll discuss the process, successes, and challenges of the program, and introduce an ECCC-wide Staff Exchange Program.

Camps and conference centers are inherently collaborative. Executive Directors must work hand-in-hand with the board chair to provide the comprehensive leadership the business requires — for both management and governance of the organization. Each person in this partnership was chosen for their unique skills and leadership abilities and they can accomplish great things working together. However, there are many things that can stand in the way of a good partnership — from differences in communication style to unnamed or unmet expectations. This workshop will explore the roles and responsibilities of the Board Chair and Executive Director, and how to help manage the complexities of their relationship.

You shouldn't take this workshop. Unless...you believe your camp or conference center makes a powerful impact. In fact, you can stop reading right now. Unless...like Doug, you believe sharing the story of your Ministry and Mission is one of the most important things we do as leaders. In this workshop, you'll look at real-world examples from classic literature, movies, television, sports marketing, and social media, while exploring how to more effectively engage your audience -- campers, parents, staff, congregations, donors -- and strengthen the impact of your messaging. You'll take home easy to implement tips, tricks, and best practices from the fields of psychology, communications, marketing, and fundraising you can put to work, right away, in your speaking engagements, presentations, written appeals, newsletters, and social media posts.

Hear from panelists who are leaders in the ECCC network who have dedicated 15+ years to their work and ministry. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance, dedication, self-care, and professional decision-making are all essentials to a long-term career in camp and retreat ministry. This panel will provide a thorough "how-to" from experienced executive leaders.

Are you ready to let compassion and love take root in your staff community? Explore the connection between our spiritual call to unconditional love and our responsibility as organizational leaders. Practical tools and consistent strategies for building, growing and integrating a compassionate and loving work culture will be coupled with lively discussion and an interactive learning environment.

Hurricanes, wildfires, flooding…most of our centers are susceptible to some kind of natural disaster. This panel will help you be prepared as possible, with insight from folks who have been through it, and the lessons they learned.

Penn Perry, Executive Director of the Trinity Center in North Carolina, will speak specifically to their experience with Hurricane Florence, including working with local agencies, and lessons from the aftermath (insurance coverage, demolition, rebuilding, recovery).

John Horton, retired Administration Director of Camp Stevens in California, will discuss the fire that destroyed a dozen buildings and damaged nearly a hundred acres in 2009, including protocols that worked, and the road to recovery.

This session explores the resource development context within which capital campaigns are conducted and describes the numerous activities that need to be undertaken before the first dollar is raised. The usefulness of conducting a feasibility study will be covered, as well as: the responsibilities of the board and administrative staff; volunteer leadership identification and recruitment; prospect research; structuring the case statement; brochure, video and web development; the cornerstones of the campaign plan; structuring drive tracking reports; volunteer training; and much more.