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Connecting with Camp People

When we hit the stage, phones (and jaws) drop. No boring slides with tiny text here — we're all about engaging and connecting with the crowd.

Our dynamic team of speakers knows the ins and outs of camp life because we've been there ourselves and we talk to camps daily. We know people are tired. We know they want quality professional development. And most of all, we know they want to feel seen and appreciated while leaving with an actionable to-do list that will make their camps better. That's what we deliver.



We can do just about anything. Need a day or multi-day deep dive? A speaker to fill a certain hole in your conference program? A keynote to get people excited? A few custom sessions around what you're focusing on? We can do it all! We have some things we talk a lot about (like inclusion, kid-driven play, and more), but we don't have a set list of things we cover. We get excited working with groups and organizations who trust us to take what they want and bring it to life.

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Our Speakers

Our team of speakers can meet pretty much any need. They're not only camp professionals who really understand what other camp people are going through, but they're also trained facilitators dedicated to keeping presentations interactive, engaging, and thought-provoking. Below, you'll find some of the speakers we work with. You can click their pictures to learn more and see some of their work. 

Don't see what you're looking for? Don't be afraid to reach out anyway! We partner with lots of other trainers, speakers, consultants, and more. If we can't meet your need, we know someone who can. We're here to help.

Let's Talk

Tell us a little about what you're looking for, and we'll be in touch!

Conference FAQs

  • How much does this cost?

    Conferences come in all shapes and sizes. We carefully consider factors like the number of speakers, travel arrangements, session count, duration, topic variety, and more.

    Expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the unique needs of your conference.

  • What kind of things do you speak about?

    Some of our most popular conference sessions are:

    • Helping Outsiders Become Insiders (aka The Hidden Curriculum)
    • Restorative Justice
    • Strategic Planning & Visioning
    • Project Management
    • Staff Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
    • Leadership & Teamwork
    • Camper Choice & Kid-Driven Play
    • Communication
    • Building Teams that Work
    • Thinking Like a Non-Profit Exec

    That said, we love coming up with new conference sessions and keynotes that best serve the people we're working with. Seriously. We love getting to know new communities, we love thinking outside the box, and we love having your attendees leave excited.

  • How is your team different from other speakers?

    For a long time, there have been two main types of presentations at conferences: sit-and-gets and up-and-active. Both of those totally have their places, and a third type deserves the spotlight: think and connect.

    Our conference sessions and keynotes blend tips, and information with activities and discussions. Not only do people leave with new ideas and action items, but they also leave with new facilitation techniques. It's the perfect blend for camp people.

  • Who should I work with?

    It depends on what you're looking for. Our speakers are all versatile, and there are definitely speakers who stand out with certain topics. 

    Once you get in touch, we'll set up an exploratory call to dig deeper into what you're after. Following that call and a quick availability check, we'll hook you up with the absolute perfect speaker for your needs.

  • What conferences have you spoken at?

    Between our team, we've done a lot of them! Some include:

    • American Camp Association Conferences, including:
      • National
      • Tri-State 
      • New England 
      • Winnekota
      • More!
    • COCA
    • Parks & Recreation Conferences
    • Camp Quest
    • More!
  • I'm not planning a conference, but I want to see you at one. Where should I go?

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    To go in-depth with us, check out our retreats!

To talk more about working with us, email Allison at allison@thesummercampsociety.com.