THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL CAMP CONFERENCE.

Experience a camp conference about much more than camp. Over three days, more than 500 camp professionals will gather for conversation, connection, and inspiration. Join a cross-section of passionate camp owners, operators and administrators who are elevating the future of camp – and themselves.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

EDUCATION

With sessions for beginners to seasoned pros, discover how to fully leverage the CampMinder Platform for your camp.

Inspiration

Get inspired by our roster of acclaimed speakers as they share stories on leadership, company culture, and defining success.

COLLABORATION

Work together with other camp pros to innovate new solutions – and watch as we all improve.

SCHMOOZE

Network with a diverse group of summer camp operators whose paths don’t normally cross.

CampMinder Camp Sponsors

We’d like to give a huge shoutout to each of our CampMinder Camp 9 sponsors.
This event would not be possible without our amazing partners!

Meet The Speakers

Get ready to be inspired; we have an amazing lineup of speakers with more to come soon!

Priya Parker

Founder, Thrive Labs

Priya Parker’s bold approach to gatherings redefines the ways people connect, learn, and develop relationships. The founder of boutique advisory firm Thrive Labs, she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative, unforgettable gatherings that allow them to step back from their daily routine, rediscover their motivations, and develop strategies for innovation

In The Art of Gathering, Parker combines fascinating case studies culled from an international cast of characters with practices to follow—and rules to break— to connect more meaningfully with friends, colleagues, and strangers. She includes examples from her attempts to create connections, illustrating which tactics worked and which ones failed. Included among her success stories are “#IamHere Days,” self-organized adventures in which a group of people unplugs and explores a neighborhood, and “15 Toasts,” dinner parties where each guest has to toast to a common theme (the twist: the last one has to sing their toast). Parker’s interactive talks are both a demonstration of the techniques described in her books and a guide on how to implement her strategies.

Parker has helped numerous clients develop better gatherings, including the Museum of Modern Art, LVMH, the World Economic Forum, meetup.com, and Civitas Public Affairs. Trained in conflict resolution, she has worked on peace processes in the Arab world, Southern Africa, and India, and is a founding member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, where she worked on race relations on American college campuses. She has been appointed as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Values and the New Models of Leadership Council, and is also a senior expert at Mobius Executive Leadership. Her TEDx talk on purpose has been viewed over one million times. Parker studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Anand Giridharadas, and their two children.

Sekou Andrews

Poetic Voice

A week in the life of poetic voice, Sekou Andrews, could find him keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or performing for Barack Obama in Oprah Winfrey’s backyard. This schoolteacher turned two-time national poetry slam champion has now become the world’s leading “Poetic Voice” - a new type of speaker and artist who seamlessly blends inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry, combining the value of a business keynote with the inspiration of a powerful performance. His presentations are in high demand from Fortune 500 companies, leading conferences, and global nonprofits, such as Google, Toyota, Nike, Paypal, Johnson & Johnson, Global Green, and ASAE. He has been featured on national media outlets, including ABC, MSNBC, HBO, Showtime, MTV and BET, and Forbes has called him “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” Sekou has presented privately for such luminaries as Larry King, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Bono, Maya Angelou, and Norman Lear, and has shared the stage with music heavyweights Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra to name but a few. His last spoken word album, “Poetic License,” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization. As a fearless disruptor of the speaking industry, Sekou also gives rockstar secrets to public speakers through his unique Stage MightTM speaker training system, teaching influencers how to perform a speech to engage any audience. As a poetic voice, Sekou does more than inspire us with his story; he inspires us with our story.

Bobby Stuckey

Restaurateur

Bobby Stuckey began his distinguished career in restaurants in his home state of Arizona, working his way from dishwasher to management, establishing his position as one of the leaders in the hospitality industry. Bobby joined the staff of The Little Nell restaurant in Aspen as a sommelier in 1995. During his five-year tenure, The Little Nell received numerous awards for wine and service, including Gourmet's ``Best Wine Service`` Award; Mobile Travel Guide's Five Star Hotel and Restaurant Rating; Wine Spectator's Grand Award; and a nomination from the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Wine Service. In 2000, Stuckey moved west to work with world-renowned chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Within his first year, Stuckey lead the acclaimed restaurant’s team to earn the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Wine Service award and San Francisco Magazine recognized him as ``Wine Director of the Year.” The French Laundry received the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Service in 2003. It was during his tenure at The French Laundry where Bobby met his future business partner, chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. With the vision of opening a neighborhood restaurant reminiscent of the Italian frascas they had visited in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Stuckey and Mackinnon Patterson opened their first restaurant, Frasca Food and Wine, in August 2004, in Boulder, CO. Having researched and traveled throughout Italy many times, both were deeply inspired by this region in particular — the international influences of its cuisine, the profusion of local ingredients in its rustic yet elegant dishes, its passionate relationship between food and wine, and the gracious hospitality of the locals. Receiving his Master Sommelier Diploma in 2004, Stuckey has been bestowed with some of the restaurant and wine industrys’ highest honors such as James Beard Foundation nominations for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, Outstanding Wine Service, and finally won the prestigous award for Outstanding Wine Service in 2013.

In 2007, Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson launched Scarpetta Wines to produce Friulano white wines and has since then expanded, now offering over eight varietals. In January 2011 Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson opened Pizzeria Locale Boulder, a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Naples, Italy located adjacent to sister restaurant Frasca with a similar attention to hospitality in a contemporary, laid back, interactive atmosphere.

In the fall of 2017, Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson, along with partners Peter Hoglund, and Continuum Partners’ Mark Falcone, opened Tavernetta in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood. Located directly off the Union Station train platform, Tavernetta is inspired by Italy’s vast culinary traditions, with a menu that celebrates authentic regional classics from across the entire country in an approachable and welcoming environment. Like Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale Boulder, hospitality is at the forefront of the Tavernetta experience, which is strengthened by another French Laundry alum, General Manager Justin Williams, long-time Wine Director Carlin Karr and Executive Chef Ian Wortham.

Kaitlyn Merola

Marketing Strategy Director, 829 Studios

As the Director of Inbound Marketing Strategy at 829 Studios, Kaitlyn consistently takes a data-driven approach to all aspects of demand creation, content marketing, and automated lead nurturing campaigns. It has been Kaitlyn’s mission to effectively shape, manage and refine a holistic set of strategies utilizing user experience architectures, marketing automation technologies, and CRM systems to push the boundary in elevating the customer experience for every client.

Exciting advancements in marketing technology have allowed for accelerated creativity in the space of lead nurturing via email automation. Utilizing the right suite of tools, Kaitlyn continuously leverages engagement analytics to effectively measure campaign success for ongoing improvement and optimization. Her extensive marketing experience has positioned her to drive impactful results for clients across industries and be invited to share her strategic approach at various industry conferences.
Kaitlyn holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut as well as an M.B.A from the University of Texas.

Kaley Warner Klemp

Author & Executive Coach

Kaley Warner Klemp is a sought-after speaker, YPO and executive team facilitator, and transformational executive coach. She advises senior executives on how to uncover and address core challenges in communication, trust, and culture. Kaley is an Enneagram personality model specialist, helping organizations outperform their competitors by unlocking a deeper understanding of what motivates and drives people. Kaley co-authored The Drama-Free Office and The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and wrote 13 Guidelines for Effective Teams. You can see her TEDx talk and learn more about Kaley at www.kaleyklemp.com.

Peter McGraw

Behavioral Marketing Scientist

Dr. Peter McGraw is an associate professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. As a behavioral scientist, his research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion, and choice—with a focus on the antecedents and consequences of humor. In recent years, McGraw has been a leading force in moving the study of humor from the niche to the mainstream. He directs The Humor Research Lab (HuRL), is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, and hosts the podcast I’M NOT JOKING. McGraw’s research has been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME NPR, BBC, and CNN. His work appears in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He teaches a PhD course in behavioral economics and an MBA course in marketing management.

Ryan Babineaux

Personal & Executive Coach, Author

Ryan Babineaux is a personal and executive coach whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Oprah.com, The Atlantic and NPR. He is the coauthor of the best-selling book Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win, and the creator of the popular Stanford University course of the same name. In his writing and research, Ryan explores how to empower people to lead more vibrant and purposeful lives. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is an adjunct professor of contemplative psychology at Naropa University. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University and a M.Ed. in Psychology and Human Development from Harvard University.

Gerry Valentine

Public Speaker, Founder & Executive Coach

Gerry Valentine inspires people to build resilience—to overcome setbacks, look at challenges in new ways, and understand that adversity can become a source of resilience. Gerry’s a public speaker and executive coach, with over 25 years of Fortune 100 experience. As the founder of Vision Executive Coaching, he is a trusted advisor to executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds. Gerry is a contributor to Forbes.com, a TEDx speaker, and has taught executive leadership at Colorado State University. Gerry earned a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University. Gerry loves the outdoors, and that love started at a sleepaway camp experience in the Adirondacks for inner city kids when he was 11 years old.

Sue Heilbronner

CEO, Founder, Executive Coach

Sue Heilbronner is a CEO, founder, speaker, advisor, investor, executive coach, mentor, professor, former civil rights attorney, and catalyst. Sue is the co-founder of MergeLane, an investment fund for companies with at least one woman in leadership, and Leadership Camp, which runs immersive leadership training programs that make great leaders extraordinary and make extraordinary leaders happy. She works closely with leaders of companies large and small to bring Conscious Leadership principles into innovative executives, teams, and companies.
Sue attended sleepaway camp in Maine every summer for two months from age 8 through 15. She has a reunion with her last bunkmates every year or two.

…Plus Many More To Come!

THE AGENDA

Three days of action-packed keynotes, intimate breakout sessions, and after-hours fun.

9:00AM-4:00PM

BOOT CAMP

Boot Camp includes an all-day intensive dive into the CampMinder System. *Tickets for Bootcamp and one-on-one trainings are purchased separately; one-on-one trainings are scheduled on an individual basis.

1:00PM-4:00PM

CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP WITH SUE HEILBRONNER

Experience a rare opportunity to participate in an intimate interactive leadership workshop with Sue Heilbronner, acclaimed CEO, investor, mentor, professor of entrepreneurship, conscious leadership coach, and fearless catalyst for change. *Space is limited. Please email your Client Success Manager to express interest in attending.

1:00PM-4:00PM

Boulder Brewery Tours

Enjoy craft beer and good company? Spend the afternoon with your friends and CampMinder team members sampling the goods at some of Boulder’s best-known breweries.

4:30PM-6:00PM

WELCOME HAPPY HOUR

Gather with old friends and new over a bevy of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the charming St. Julien lobby.

6:30PM-8:30PM

MORTIFIED: SUMMER CAMP EDITION

Called a “cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and hailed by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show, and beyond, Mortified celebrates the stories behind the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. CampMinder Camp is putting on a special ‘camp’ edition of Mortified that you won’t want to miss. Embarrassing stories from camp? CHECK! *Tickets are limited.

8:00AM

OPENING CEREMONIES

CampMinder Camp kicks off at the Boulder Theater with breakfast and double-header keynotes. Learn what the CampMinder team has been up to, and then stay tuned for a refreshing perspective on camp that will leave you moved, inspired, and ready to dive into CampMinder Camp.

12:00PM

LUNCH ON PEARL ST.

Step outside the Boulder Theater, and you’re in the heart of town. Pick from a wide range of great cuisines and eateries.

1:45PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

Immerse yourself in a series of 45-minute breakout sessions, covering a range of topics such as Alumni Management, Constructing an Effective Camper Lead Journey, Day Camp Travel, and Living in Your Zone of Genius.

2:45PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

Join a series of 45-minute breakout sessions, covering a range of topics such as Learning from Failure, Resident Transportation, Referral-Based Marketing, and Conference & Retreat Management.

4:00PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3

Take part in conversations around the topics of Candid Conversations, Fundraising, Email Marketing, and Values-Based Hiring.

5:00PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS 4

Our last breakout of the day will focus on Tips and Tricks in CampMinder, Online Staff Training, Healthcare at Camp, and a very special (and hopefully, funny) presentation on The Science Behind Humor in the Workplace.

7:30PM

NIGHT OUT @ BOULDER THEATER

CampMinder Camp is well-known for its parties. Continue the tradition at the Boulder Theater with live music by a nationally touring funk and soul band (to be announced shortly). Doors open at 7:00 and the show will start at 8:00.

8:30AM

BREAKFAST AT THE ST. JULIEN

Kick off your day with a tasty breakfast buffet at the St. Julien.

10:15AM

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

Shape the future of CampMinder at The Road Ahead or join sessions about Fundraising Techniques, Forms Management, and What Camps Can Learn from a World-Class Restaurateur.

11:15AM

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

Be a part of sessions on Data-Driven Marketing, Financial Operations, Advanced Reporting, and Diversity & Inclusion.

12:00PM

LUNCH

With all the great choices in Boulder, you may have a hard time settling on just one place to enjoy your Friday lunch.

1:45PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

These sessions will cover a range of topics such as Summer Services, Content Marketing, Adult Registration, the new Camp Health Center, and Effective Use of Personality Assessments

2:45PM

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

Our final breakout session will help you create a Summer Preparedness Plan, understand the Scheduling System, the ins and outs of CampMinder’s Staffing tool, and leveraging the CampMinder platform for emergency management.

4:00PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Go out on a high note with a closing keynote presentation you won’t want to miss. We’ll be releasing more details on this one soon!

6:30PM

CLOSING BANQUET

We toast goodbye to another CampMinder Camp over great food, drinks, and jazz. See you in 2019!

GET SCHOOLED

CampMinder Boot Camp

Ready to learn the ropes of the CampMinder System? This all-day seminar for newer users will not only guide you through the basics, but will give you the foundation you need to become a true CampMinder Master. The all-day class is $125.

One-on-One Sessions

You bring questions, we’ll bring answers – specifically tailored to your camp. If you or your team needs to connect with your Client Success Manager one-on-one to learn how to best set up your camp, this is for you. These sessions are $200/hr; limited availability.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

FLYING TO DENVER

Book your travel to Denver International Airport (DEN). Boulder’s a quick 45-minute drive to the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

GETTING TO BOULDER

Uber Estimate: $52
Lyft Estimate: $57
Boulder Green Ride: $32/person

WHERE TO STAY

*Mention “CampMinder Camp” Rate
St. Julien Hotel & Spa: $189/night
Hotel Boulderado: $179/night

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does CampMinder Camp 9 cost?

CampMinder Camp 9 general admission tickets are $425 each.

Who should attend CampMinder Camp?

If you love camp like we do, you’re a CampMinder client, and are either part of your camp’s leadership team or work in the CampMinder system on a regular basis, this is the conference for you. It’s up to you whether you want to mob into Boulder in January with your whole crew, but keep in mind that space is limited.

Why should I attend?

Did we mention that there’s going to be a Brewery Tour? Beautiful scenery? Inspirational talks? Educational sessions? And the best people in the summer camp industry to rub elbows with? If not, we just did. And if that’s not enough reason, it’s right after the holidays and the perfect time to come to beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

If you’ve already been to CampMinder Camp and are wondering if you should come back, the answer is YES. Enough said.

Can I still get in if it's sold out?

A little mouse told me that some of you are planning to buy up as many tickets as you can, then sell them on eBay for twice – or even thrice – the list price.

Listen, we get it. You need to make some offseason scratch to pay for that new lawn tractor you’ve been wanting to ride around the grounds next year. But let us be your guide: this isn’t the way, my friend.

While we wish we could have every single one of you that wants to attend come to Boulder with us in January, and while we want you to sit in the seat of that shiny new lawn tractor so bad, we only have a limited number of seats for CampMinder Camp 9.

If it’s sold out, unfortunately, with limited space in our venues we can’t handle overbooking the event. If in doubt, just register as quickly as you can get in the digital door on registration day.

When will the final schedule be available?

Hold your horses there, Howdy Doody. We’re working on creating a schedule that will knock your socks off, and while it’s not locked down yet, you can rest assured that you’re going to like every minute of it. Even that session where we all jump into Boulder Creek. (I think it’s…uh…12:45PM on Thursday afternoon. Pencil it in!)

In all seriousness, the schedule should be locked down early December – we’ll let you know when it’s ready to rock.

What is this Boot Camp thing? That does not sound fun.

First, if you’ve met our Client Success Managers, you wouldn’t say that. Not only is Boot Camp going to be fun, but you also won’t have to wear camo. And we promise that you won’t even make you ‘drop and give us 20’ at any point.

Boot Camp is designed for newer users of the CampMinder System. You’re going to learn a lot about how to effectively use the platform, because Boot Camp is an all-day educational CampMinder seminar, on Wednesday, January 16th, where we’ll walk through the basics. And at $125 for the all-day session, it’s hard to go wrong.

What is a one-on-one training session?

Have you ever seen that scene from Lady and the Tramp where the two dogs are eating the same plate of spaghetti and end up accidentally kissing? That is 100% not what these one-on-one sessions are. Other than there just being two people, likely sitting at some sort of table.

Instead of spaghetti, you’ll have computers, and instead of eating, one of our Client Success Managers will be teaching you about how to best use CampMinder. You bring questions regarding areas you’d like to learn more about, and we’ll bring answers tailored specifically to your needs.

The bottom line? If you need more individualized attention than our CampMinder Boot Camp session offers, our one-on-one sessions are the way to go. 

***I need to be clear here; the culmination of these one-on-one sessions will have no surprise kissing at the end. Unless you kiss your computer screen, because of your newfound love for CampMinder.***

Finally, we call these ‘one-on-one’ sessions, but if you have multiple team members, we’re OK with you making it a two-on-one. Or a three-on-one. Honestly, you could probably bring you’re entire team if you’d like, and make it a ten-on-one. But we just might run out of spaghetti.

What should I pack?

What am I, your mother?

While our fantastic concierge service can help you arrange travel, it’s up to you to get your stuff in your bag and arrive your bad self at the airport. Just remember that January in Boulder is A)beautiful, and B)cold-iful.

It might snow, sleet, rain, be sunny and 60 out, or all the above within a 15 minute period. To be safe, you should pack that suitcase full of everything from sunscreen to eskimo gear. And don’t forget your sled.

But if nothing else, bring that winter jacket and three days’ worth of superhero undie+sock combos.

Oh! This is important! Don’t even try to show up at the banquet in your Skynrd t-shirt from ’77. Or your superhero undies on the outside. This is going to be a classy affair!

Actually, you might be the odd one out but we’re OK if that’s what you’re wearing.

Otherwise, bring your best banquet dressage and dancing shoes.

How do I get there?

You can train, plane, or automobile, but make sure you arrive with enough time for the ~45 minute drive from the airport and that you give yourself a hot minute to check into your room/ditch your bags/Pomade your hair.

Most people will be arriving Wednesday. However, if you plan to attend any of the Wednesday pre-events (ie the leadership workshop or Mortified – see the schedule), you may want to roll into town on Tuesday night.

As far as when you leave, it’s up to you. You may never want to leave. And if that’s the case, we do have a small server closet at CampMinder with a tiny bed in it. As long as you’re OK with hundreds of little green lights blinking nonstop and that soothing electronic hummm, it’s all yours. Disclaimer: You may or may not become known as the CampMinder Server Gnome.

What hotel should I stay at?

You can stay at any hotel in the tri-state area, or at your hippy uncle’s house just up in the mountains, but the place we recommend (and have rooms blocked for you) is the illustrious St. Julien.

Side note: If you stay at the Julien, prepare yourself for a little swank. And beautiful mountain views. And, perhaps, the best haircut you’ll ever get. This place has it all, at your fingertips.

If the Julien happens to be sold out, you can mosey over to the Boulderado and you won’t be disappointed in the slightest as it’s a one-of-a-kind historical hotel just off Pearl Street. When you walk in, don’t forget to look up!

What meals are included?

If I’m reading the schedule right – which is questionable – we’re going to be hooking you up with breakfast on Thursday and Friday, and then for those who registered to attend the banquet, we’ll be feasting together Friday evening. Otherwise, downtown Boulder has an amazing variety of great food options to choose from.

If you’re going to be here Wednesday afternoon, you might want to plan a decent meal to follow up that Brewery Tour (or you’ll regret it later). Otherwise, plan to take your besties to lunch and dinner Thursday and Friday!

What happens at the night out?

What happens at the night out? Well…

You can rock. You can roll. You can talk. You can stroll. You can dance. You can drink. You can even just sit there, observe, and think.

It’s your night. The night of all nights. If you want, you can go to your hotel room and turn out the lights. You can jump on your bed in your undies as well, but we recommend sticking around for the stories we’ll tell.

A live band you’ll enjoy, drinks will be drunk. And if you’re lucky, you’ll truly be feeling the funk.

Don’t miss it.

Are the facilities ADA compliant/accessible?

At an event like this, you know they are. #nohomieleftbehind