Professional Development

JCamp 180 Professional Development Opportunities

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2019/2020 Program Status

Applications for 2019/2020 cohorts of our Professional Development Opportunities are now closed. Please reach out to your Mentor or a program director for more information.

*Participants must pay for travel to required in-person sessions; some travel costs may be reimbursed. GIFT Leadership Institute team members must pay $360/person to participate; if they fully participate, that money will be returned to the camp in the form of a scholarship donation.

Overview of JCamp 180 Professional Development Programs

This is a brief overview of each of the JCamp 180 Professional Development Programs. You can learn more about each of these programs below the table and on each individual program page on the website. 

You can also download a printable version of this table.

*Travel reimbursements may be available per
JCamp 180 Policy.

Camp Legacy Initiative

Since 2008 JCamp 180 has sponsored the Camp Legacy Initiative to encourage camps to take advantage of long-term philanthropic opportunities from their alumni, parents, and other friends of camp.

Camp Legacy is a three-year program providing training, guidance, and financial incentives to inspire camps to plan and launch a program to actively seek bequests and other after-life gift commitments to benefit camps' endowments.

GIFT Leadership Institute

Do you ever wish for a completely new and energized approach to how your camp thinks about, talks about and engages in fundraising? Many organizations aspire to have a culture of philanthropy. Few ever achieve it. This new JCamp 180 offering is designed to get your camp there.  
The GIFT Leadership Institute intends to prepare you for an organization-wide breakthrough to instill a powerful new culture. For this reason, camps enrolling in the GIFT Leadership Institute must commit to full participation by their Executive Director or Camp Director, the Board Chair or equivalent lay leader, and a development professional.

JCamp 180 Enrollment Program

The JCamp 180 Enrollment support program is based on a comprehensive curriculum that has been developed with the help of outside experts, movement leaders, and camp people like you. Beginning immediately following the annual JCamp 180 conference with a full-day intensive program, the program continues through the year with interactive webinars and regional, in-person workshops. Participants will learn how to gather data and evaluate recruitment and retention programs as well as how to implement programs that have been proven successful at other camps.

Although each seminar can stand alone, because sessions build on prior learnings, participants are encouraged to participate in all workshops throughout the year. Designed for mid- and senior-level staff, as well as lay leaders, the full impact of this program will come to camps that devote at least one staff person and one lay leaders to complete the entire curriculum.

LEAP - Leadership Engagement and Advancement Program

The Leadership Engagement and Advancement Program (LEAP) is a skill and capacity-building training program designed for Board Chairs and Vice Chairs of JCamp 180 affiliated camps. It is customized, interactive, and free of charge. Created to offer support to camp lay leaders, the program has been developed in response to clients’ requests for “additional Board and Governance support." 

At the end of the program, the participants will:

  • be able to run a board meeting in half the time with twice the results

  • have learned the 3 steps to deal with a difficult or underperforming board member productively
  • have a board chair library of tools and templates, including a clear board chair calendar
  • have mastered top 10 facilitative skills and techniques to focus and engage fellow board members
  • have built stronger relationships with the lay and professional leaders, and donors at their camps
  • have made 1 “leap” that resolved his/her most challenging “chair” issue
Interested in learning more about the program? 

JTEC (JCamp 180 Training in Effective Communications)

As camps plan for the future, they must connect in a human way with a growing number of supporters and stakeholders. With each passing year, however, comes a new media type or preferred method of contact. So, how can camps possibly manage communications using old and new media to various constituent groups?

JTEC (JCamp 180 Training in Effective Communications) was developed to help camps get a handle on their communications needs and efforts. By working with JTEC, camp professionals will learn to:

  • Set camp communications goals.

  • Plan and coordinate communications across media and audiences.

  • Select the optimal communications medium (and utilize it effectively).

  • Define communications policies and procedures.

  • Prepare for future changes in technology.

Note: No cohort of JTEC is being offered in 2019/2020.


Turning Data Into Donors (Data2Donors) provides camps with the skills, tools, and resources to advance major donor fundraising and improve alumni outreach.

Good data practices will help sustain your camp for years to come. JCamp 180's Data2Donors program will provide you with a systematic and supportive approach to increasing the total number of accurate Alumni records in your donor database, and then run your data through programs to help identify prospective major donors from among your camp's community. The result will be increased capacity to turn your database into donors of camp.

GIFT Fundraiser's Training 

JCamp 180 GIFT Fundraiser's Training is structured to provide an understanding of theories of fundraising, tools for implementation, and individual action plans.

GIFT was designed in response to requests from camps to have an in-depth training for development professionals. At the core of the program is participation in a community of practice and small group calls designed to share best practices, successes, and challenges.

Note: No cohort of GIFT will be offered in 2019/2020.