International Diabetes Camping Conference - 2021

Welcome to your homebase for Tuesday, March 2!

This is your 'home base' for the programming track sessions.  You will find a variety of topics aimed at camp programming and general staff.  To join a session simply click on the "Click to Join" button. **Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.**


Kat Shreve

Watch a welcome from Kat Shreve, Programming Day Chair


Schedule for Tuesday, March 2nd

Please scroll below for the session title and descriptions for day three of the DECA International Conference. 

Programming Day

8:00 - 9:30AM

Meet Up/Networking 1

Join your peers for networking and casual conversations. 

9:30 - 10:00AM (EST)

Campfire Chat sponsored by the American Diabetes Association: ADA Imagine Camp

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10:00 - 10:30AM (EST)


Faculty:  Kat Shreve, Camp Kudzu

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11:00 - 12:00PM (EST)

It's A Real Job

Faculty: Kim Aycock, MST, CEO Kimspiration, Inc.  and Deb Jordan, PhD. Professor, East Carolina University

Working, finding, supporting, keeping… front line staff is going to look a little different this summer. Let’s dig in together to see what ACA resources are available to help us make all those “ings” happen. Participants will be able to: -Describe at least 2 recruiting methods. -Identify 3 different resource types to find, support, and keep front line staff. -Explain the barriers that virtual engagement with potential staff exist in the Covid-era.


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Handout: Skills cultivated by camp employment 

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Handout: Translating your experience

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Handout: Working at camp is a real job!

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11:00 - 12:00PM (EST)

STEM & Sustainability Together!

Faculty: Kasey Bozeman, University of Georgia

With STEM activities becoming more popular, it’s time for camps to think sustainably with operations and programming. When acquiring supplies, planning activities, & implementing the fun, STEM and sustainability can come together in a cost-effective, practical manner. Through critical reflection and open dialogue, attendees will assess their current operations and programs and discover ways to enhance their sustainability efforts. Attendees will:

(1) identify the importance of sustainable STEM programs,

(2) discuss practical ways to modify existing programming, and

(3) explore resources to support them.

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12:00 - 1:00PM (EST)

Campfire Chat: How Do You Do Diabetes Education at Your Camp?

Facilitator: Kat Shreve, Camp Kudzu

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1:00 - 1:30PM (EST)


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1:30 - 2:00PM (EST)

Sponsor Spotlight: Tandem Diabetes Care

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2:00 - 3:00PM (EST)

What Do You Do the Rest of the Year?- A Look at Non Summer Programs

Faculty: Erin Policinski, Camp Joy

How many times have you been asked that question? The question should be “what don’t we do?” Being a camp professional is just not those summer days of sunscreen, car line duty, and a walkie talkie attached to your hip. Learn and share about programs and activities to do in the “off season” to knock the socks off of your campers and families!

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2:00 - 3:00PM (EST)

Nature Success

Faculty: J. Joy James, PhD. Professor, Appalachian State University

Are you the one who is ALWAYS has to go and get the “unidentified critter” from the cabin or out of the arts and crafts pavilion? Is your nickname something along the lines of “Ranger Rick”? Why not get everyone on the right track to ensure your camp program has nature success. Come learn and share ways to help build a nature oriented program or give your existing program a boost.

This interactive session will focus on introducing nature activities that can be done anywhere from woods to pavement!
1. Participants will learn 3-5 nature activities to lead.
2. Participants will be able to state one strategy for developing a nature program at their site.
3. Participants will discuss apprehensions with nature program

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Handout: Putting fun back into nature study

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3:00 - 4:00PM (EST)

No One Wakes Up To Ruin Your Day: Feedback Methods & Mindsets for the 21st Century

Faculty:  Ariella Randle Rogge, Sanborn Western Camps

The phrase, “Do you have a minute to talk?” is often accompanied by a racing mind and a sense of impending doom. What if you could change the reaction to that phrase by developing a culture of communication and a new perspective on feedback? We will look at new ways to approach formal and informal performance coaching for staff members throughout the organization, practice giving and receiving learning feedback and examine organizational strategies that embrace a “tips and tricks” model.

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Handout: No one wakes up to ruin your day

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4:00 - 5:00PM (EST)

Campfire Chat: The Best Activity We Do Is?

Facilitator: Dr. Teresa Tucker

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5:00 - 6:00PM (EST)


5:00 - 6:00PM

Meet Up/Networking 1

Join your peers for networking and casual conversations. 

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6:00 - 7:00PM (EST)

Panel Discussion: Stepping Into A Leadership Role

Faculty: Natalie Bayne, Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma, Ryan Martz, Camp Endres/Camp Conrad Chinook,  Anthony Myer, Ohio Diabetes Association, and Anna Rambo, Camp Kudzu.  Moderator: John Latimer, Camp Seale Harris

This Panel of seasoned camp attendees and professionals will discuss all the hurdles, excitement, and surprises they encountered as they transitioned from attendees and volunteers at a camp they grew up through to professionals working on the admin side to plan, run, and ensure the continued success of that camp.

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6:00 - 7:00PM (EST)

Mind the Gap

Faculty: Jenna White, Diabetes Youth Foundation, Indiana

Camp requires a balance of older counselors and junior counselors/ CIT’s/ LIT’s. In a typical year, there is a natural transition. However, Covid has left a gap this year. How do we close this gap and provide programming for this potentially at-risk population? Also, learn about DYFI’s Ambassador program in this engaging and interactive session.

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7:00 - 8:15PM (EST)

Keynote: Equity, Empathy & Intercultural Expansion: Healing Our Disconnections

Faculty: Niambi Jaha-Echols

The 2020 unprecedented global uprising for racial justice and the global pandemic have further exposed the deeply inequitable structures and systems in the United States and around the world. We continue to see that tremendous change is needed to address the systemic racism in our country and ourselves. This communal crisis is driving change. Join Niambi for this inspiring presentation as she leads us deeper (beyond our collective fears) into a space where our differences are no longer our main focus but rather, our collective potential for healing, equity, and restoration.

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8:15 - 8:30PM (EST)


8:30 - 10:00PM

Special Event: Magic Show


Let’s end the DECA Conference with a BANG! Join us for a special virtual magic show with Celebrity Magician, Naathan Phan! Naathan has been seen on Masters of Illusion, America's Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Wizard Wars, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, and more! Naathan is a Las Vegas and Magic Castle headliner that combines his talents for comedy, magic, improv, singing, impressions, & storytelling into one unforgettable performance.

Special thanks to Ryan Martz, Camp Conrad Chinnock for organizing this event!