Detailed Session Descriptions

Morning Session 1: 9:00-10:30

Linking Literacy with STEM
When young people express a dislike for, or frustration with, science, it's often because they “never get to do anything.” Program staff may have had similar experiences, and now question their ability to run STEM activities that are fun AND promote learning. In this session, discover successful STEM teaching techniques, how to find resources that won’t break your budget, and ways to make connections that strengthen everyday learning.
Presenters: Melanie Smith, M.Ed., NHMP WT, F, IM, PC and Terri Peck, M.A.; ASMP F


Good Old Fashioned Camp Crafts
200 kids, and it is pouring rain. What are you going to do with them? Every kid needs to have a camp craft they can take home and say, "I made that!" Six plus "upcycle" crafts will be presented, as well as an instant game pack good for all elementary age levels. There might be a bit of theming thrown in to get your creative juices flowing. Bring a notebook and your enthusiasm. There will not be much sitting down in this session!
Presenter: Kathy Jablonski, M.Ed.; ASMP WT, F, IM, PC


Action Adventure
This workshop is designed to educate all on experiential learning and Project Adventure essentials through active, fun, and energetic activities and initiatives. The workshop will consist of team building and initiatives with an active fitness twist to motivate participants to be more intentionally active during activities. Participants will leave this workshop learning a multitude of activities they can bring back to their staff and programs.
Presenter: Forrest Carter, Jr., M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, F, IM, PC


The Magic of Learning
Learning needs to look and feel different after school than it does during the day. Inspire your students by making learning magical! Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn a variety of magic tricks that are linked to academic standards. These tricks could be used as an infusion of fun learning, as rewards, as a multi-week enrichment, or as a fun family night. No rabbit required!
Presenter: Heidi Belle-Isle, M.Ed.; ASMP WT, PC, IM, ASA 4


The Basics of Behavior Management: Summer Edition
Working from the positive to support your summer program! As out-of-school time professionals, we recognize that working with young people means helping to manage the behavior of our youth and sometimes, ourselves. In this session, we will practice and review strategies to set expectations and acknowledge actions, both positive and negative, in a more constructive way.
Presenter: Kristin Pineo, M.Ed.; ASMP WT

Morning Session 2: 10:45-12:15

The Magic of Learning
Learning needs to look and feel different after school than it does during the day. Inspire your students by making learning magical! Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn a variety of magic tricks that are linked to academic standards. These tricks could be used as an infusion of fun learning, as rewards, as a multi-week enrichment, or as a fun family night. No rabbit required!
Presenter: Heidi Belle-Isle, M.Ed.; ASMP WT, PC, IM, ASA 4


Healthy Summer Snacks
Stuck on snack ideas? Come and try your hand on making a couple of simple snacks. You'll learn what to think about some ideas for quick and easy things for the staff to prepare and a few hands-on activities for the kids in your program. Snack ideas are based on the USDA's My Plate, the presenter's experiences and FUN! Healthy eating related games will be shared as well.
Presenter: Kathy Jablonski, M.Ed.; ASMP WT, F, IM, PC


Uh-Oh! Change of Plans
If the beach trip is rained out or the specialist calls in sick, what do you do? When coloring pages and another round of 7up just won’t do, we all need some tricks up our sleeves. With that in mind, participants will leave this session with some simple, easy to execute activities and a handy supply list for a “Change of Plans” toolkit that every program can easily (and cheaply!) have at the ready.
Presenter: Kristin Pineo, M.Ed.; ASMP WT


Art Activities for Your Summer Program
This workshop will provide hands on opportunities to experience art exploration. Participants will gain ideas and suggestions for implementing various art activities specific for summer art experiences. An emphasis will be placed on art experiences that encourage creativity and symbolic representation. Numerous art invitations will be shared and supported by varying artists. Come and take part in this hands-on workshop that encourages art exploration for all!
Presenter: Amy Upton, M.S.; ASMP WT, F, IM, PC


Creating the Summer Camp Community
This workshop is designed to explore the value, implementation, and facilitation strategies of Full Value Contracts, Group Norms, Debriefs, and Reflection activities used to create a positive, supportive, and rewarding summer camp community. This is a hands-on learning environment offering practical and user friendly activities to enhance the summer camp experience!
Presenter: Forrest Carter, Jr., M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, F, IM, PC

Afternoon Session: 1:00-3:00

Bring the Amusement Park to Your Summer Classroom
In this session we will create rollercoasters and racetracks from simple materials, as well as practice a four step facilitation method to strengthen any engineering activity. Plan to get busy and leave inspired with ideas that will add some zip to your summer program.

Presenter: Kristin Pineo, M.Ed.; ASMP WT


Lighting up Your Program with the Sounds of Budding Scientists
In this hands-on science workshop, participants will explore the concepts of light and sound. The standard based activities that will be introduced may be used independently, or as a multi-week enrichment. Come join us as we explore the exciting world of science. You will leave with ways to light up your summer program!
Presenter: Heidi Belle-Isle, M.Ed.; ASMP WT, PC, IM, ASA 4


Cultural Competency: Knowing the Kids in Your Summer Program
Your program has a culture, the youth you serve have a culture. We are diverse in many ways. Are you aware of what culture and diversity exist within your program? This is a great interactive and participatory introduction to finding out about the culture and diversity that exists. Participants will learn about what they bring of their own culture, travel through the diversity paradox exercise, ascend the dimensions of diversity and peak atop the aspects of diversity. You will walk out with a new lens on your world.
Presenters: Terri Peck, M.A.; ASMP F and Kathy Jablonski, M.Ed.; ASMP WT, F, IM, PC


Using Documentation to Market Your Summer Program
Documentation makes the learning and experiences that take place visible. This training will provide examples of how to use documentation to share the story of what takes place during your summer program. Come and gain ideas of how to share experiences and activities in such a way that your program will be the place where children, youth, families and staff all want to be!
Presenter: Amy Upton, M.S.; ASMP WT, F, IM, PC


Summer Bucket List
Need some easy games and projects to jump start bored kids? This workshop will be a completely hands-on time to play, experiment, and gather resources to kick the “I’m bored" comments. We will explore invitations for learning and some quick take away games to use in your summer program.
Presenters: Melanie Smith, M.Ed.; NHMP WT, F, IM, PC and Terri Peck, M.A.; ASMP F

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