JCamp 180 Professional Development Opportunities
Invest in Camp by Investing in Yourself!
Did you know that JCamp 180 provides staff and board members of affiliated camps several professional development opportunities? These programs complement the mentoring services provided year-round, digging deeper into specific topic areas for even greater impact. Thanks to the generosity of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, these opportunities are currently all free* to participants.
While we make every effort to be responsive to the needs of the field, we may decide – given interest level and JCamp 180 resource capacity – not to run a program every year.
Please note that there is an application process
to be sure there is a good fit and that participants (and their camps) are committed to the work. Please fill out this application to show your interest in one of the programs; the program director will be in touch to answer your questions and discuss the program in more detail to ensure it is the right time to participate.
2019/2020 Call for Interest Timeline:
>> Apply to a JCamp 180 Professional Development Program
*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.
- August 15 – applications open
- September 13 – applications are due
- September 20 – applicants are notified about their status in the program
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:
The pilot cohort of LEAP will begin in March 2019. Applications are open now and due on November 23, 2018.
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.
Questions? Contact JTEC Program Director Kevin Martone.
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.
We are hoping to run Data2Donors again in 2017 - the program would most likely run from Fall 2017 until Fall 2018 if we receive enough interest. If you are interested in taking part in the program, please fill out the application form.
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.