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Workshop Session #1 – Monday | 10:45am

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    Mo-Gestics: Let's Go Behind the Scenes at Mo-Ranch
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #1
    What keeps Mo-Ranch running? Come take a look behind the scenes at the Maintenance shop, Kitchen, Housekeeping, Grounds, Water Treatment and more. We will hear from the people who work in these areas about the challenges, headaches and fun they have at Mo-Ranch.
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    Compass Points Capstone Presentations
    Bob Pryor
    Session #1
    Participants in the Compass Points Certificate Program will be presenting their final projects as part of the Capstone class. Each student will be making a pitch to his/her "governing body" for a new/innovative/out-of-the-box program idea for which they would like to receive "authorization" to implement. Come be part of "the approving body" which will act as a camp/retreat center's...
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    How to Discuss Benefits with Your Board of Directors
    Kevin Keaton
    Session #1
    There are effective, and not so beneficial, ways to discuss benefits with a Board of Directors. This workshop will cover a) how to discuss benefits b) what type of benefits have the most impact on the staff, and c) what are some "best practices" in benefits. The workshop will include a panel discussion by leaders of three camp and...
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    How to Raise More Presbyterian Dollars
    David Gill
    Session #1
    Support to camp/retreat centers from Presbytery budgets are decreasing, but there many places where we can find more Presbyterian dollars. This workshop will uncover sources, share ideas, and unveil strategies that will help you see that there is water despite the drought....if you know where to look.
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    501(c)3 Challenges and Benefits
    Brian Frick and Christy Foster
    Session #1
    We've been talking about 501(c)3 incorporation for years and held many sessions and events on the topic. Recently, with a growing number of camps headed for incorporation, we'll switch to talking with outdoor ministry and governing body leaders about what is working, and what is still challenging. We believe incorporation is the future of viable camps, but it's not...

Workshop Session #2 – Monday | 3:15pm

This workshop block immediately follows the H2Mo Event on the river. In line with our theme, it will give everyone six ways to recreate that afternoon.

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    Site Tour of Mo-Ranch
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #2
    Join us for a tour of the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly. We will get an overall look at places like the Prayer Tank, the Columbarium, the Indoor Chapel, Chapel on the Hill and much more.
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    The Big Gulp at Mo-Ranch
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #2
    Swinging on the 52’ high Big Gulp literally raises participants to new heights and challenges them to stretch their comfort zones. The level of involvement is entirely at each participant’s discretion. Group support, empathy, and encouragement are important components while each participant achieves their own individual level of success.
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    Bird Watching in the Texas Hill Country
    Kevin Pillow
    Session #2
    Mo-Ranch is a prime location for birding in the Texas Hill Country. It is home to many rare birds including the Golden-Cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, Black-Capped Vireo, Yellow Throated Warbler, and more! Mo-Ranch has added prime birding areas, strategically located near water and feeding resources. These locations include a newly-constructed birding blind overlooking a spring feeding into the Guadalupe...
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    Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #2
    Come experience this exciting, yet peaceful experience. No experience necessary for yoga or the stand-up paddleboard. Practicing yoga on water can seem a little intimidating. Before you write off stand-up paddleboard yoga as impossible, know that if you can breathe - you can do yoga. If you can stand on one foot, you can paddle. Get your feet wet...
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    Happy Trails to You
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #2
    Take a casual hike along one of Mo-Ranch's beautiful trails where participants, with the aid of their instructor, will discover nature, dead or alive, from animal tracks to wildflowers, insects to edible plants, and fungus to natural dyes. Mo-Ranch is in the hill country, so please be prepared for a moderately strenuous hike.
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    Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles, Oh My!
    Mo-Ranch’s Environmental Leadership Staff
    Session #2
    Learn more about these reptiles with the help of Mo-Ranch's staff. This program will dispel the myths, fears, and misinformation about these animals through hands-on discovery. Classification, characteristics, food web, and ecological benefits are all discussed as participants view and handle a variety of live specimens.

Workshop Session #3 – Tuesday | 2:00pm

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    Camp and Retreat Ministries - Serving, Leading and Shaping the Church
    Pam Harris and Garrie Stevens
    Session #3
    Camp and Retreat Ministries was once a program of the church, reliant upon the systems and structures of its parent organization. In recent years, it has emerged as a ministry that is helping to lead the Church into its new future. On the horizon, are the days in which Camp and Retreat Ministries shapes the Church of the future....
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    What's in a Name: Exploring the Steps of an Organizational Rebranding
    Evan Moilan
    Session #3
    Evan has led the full rebranding, or brand refresh of three separate faith-based agencies. In this session, he will share learnings, best practices, important considerations, and hidden risks in the rebranding process. Whether your organization is trying to decide whether to rebrand, trying to choose a new name, or preparing to implement your rebranding; you'll leave this session with...
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    A Bold Movement - Exploring Strategic Planning
    Jody Oates
    Session #3
    Mission, vision, values, long-range planning, strategic intent, strengths, threats, goals, objectives, action steps - much shifting nomenclature! How do you guide your ministry to creating a road map that defines future impact? Our ministries can be trapped by the inertia of status quo. Learn how strategic planning is intrinsic, not only to survival, but to flourishing. You win with...
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    ACA Standards Update Course
    Matt Henry
    Session #3
    The ACA Standards Update Course is a review for the camp director or staff member who has been actively involved in an ACA accreditation visit in the recent past. A person completing the course on behalf of a camp must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp...
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    Insurance Matters
    Robert Monaghan
    Session #3
    The risk of operating a Christian camp or conference center are constantly evolving, you need to make sure your insurance protection does as well. This workshop will address gaps that are most common in camp insurance programs and how to close them. Robert Monaghan has insured camps for over 30 years, and is the current provider for the American...
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    Active Shooter Response Training by the ALICE Training Institute
    Bob Kraft and Jennifer Perri
    Session #3
    The Insurance Board is sponsoring an Active Shooter Response training workshop webinar offered by the ALICE Training Institute, ALICE is the #1 Active Shooter Civilian Response Training for all Organizations. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active...

Workshop Session #4 – Wednesday | 10:45am

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    Time-Traveling: Glimpses of the Future form of PC(USA) Camping
    Brian Frick
    Session #4
    In the early fall, a group of leaders from several denominations will meet to discuss what is working in camping, and to imagine what camping will look like 20 years from now. The assumption is that children and the church at large still need camping for formation and experiential Christianity. But with changes like technology, distance, and changing community...
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    Financial Stewardship – Forecasting Your Site’s Financial Health
    Scott Henderson
    Session #4 | Session #5
    Budgets are a road map of how you will invest your mission’s financial resources to carry out your mission and move toward your vision. Your entrance ramp onto the budget highway is forecasting, managing and measuring your cash flow. Wouldn’t it be great to how the financial decisions made today will impact your mission 9, 12 or 18 months...
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    Traveling Day Camp Panel
    Theresa McDonald-Lee
    Session #4
    Whatever you call it ­ Traveling Day Camp, Camp in a Van, or Camp on the Road ­ taking camp to congregations is a challenging and rewarding experience. Come and learn from camps who have been offering off­site day camp programs. They will share their greatest learnings, their best advice, and their honest assessment of the programs.
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    Adopt a Cabin Programs ­ and Other Ways to Partner with Churches
    Beth Ehlers
    Session #4 | Session #6
    In 2011, Lakeshore Center at Okoboji implemented an adopt a cabin program that has been very successful. It helps to get our cabins up to date without shouldering the financial hardship. It is a way we partner with churches in our presbyteries. There will be time to share other ways to partner, gain support, and work together.
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    Conquering Compassion Fatigue and Building Resilience
    Katherine “Cully” Culpepper and Jim Kirk
    Session #4 | Session #5
    Surly staff, homesick campers, dissatisfied inspectors, helicopter parents, board demands, marketing deadlines, budget shortfalls, the maintenance snafu du jour, and more all conspire to exhaust even the strongest among us. But there is a way to not only address stress and burnout, but to prevent it from happening. All you need are tools and a plan. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance...
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    Mo-Ranch: Yesterday to Today
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #4 | Session #6
    Three Houston oilmen developed the historic Mo-Ranch from 1929 to 1948. Take a tour of the site to learn the story behind many of the structures on site, as well as how the property was developed into the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly we enjoy today.

Workshop Session #5 – Thursday | 10:45am

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    Financial Stewardship – Forecasting Your Site’s Financial Health
    Scott Henderson
    Session #4 | Session #5
    Budgets are a road map of how you will invest your mission’s financial resources to carry out your mission and move toward your vision. Your entrance ramp onto the budget highway is forecasting, managing and measuring your cash flow. Wouldn’t it be great to how the financial decisions made today will impact your mission 9, 12 or 18 months...
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    Conquering Compassion Fatigue and Building Resilience
    Katherine “Cully” Culpepper and Jim Kirk
    Session #4 | Session #5
    Surly staff, homesick campers, dissatisfied inspectors, helicopter parents, board demands, marketing deadlines, budget shortfalls, the maintenance snafu du jour, and more all conspire to exhaust even the strongest among us. But there is a way to not only address stress and burnout, but to prevent it from happening. All you need are tools and a plan. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance...
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    Nutritional Health for Your Participants and Guests
    Barbara Taylor
    Session #5
    Discover ways to enlarge the repertoire of your camper’s food lists. So many of today's children eat high fat, high calorie foods and omit the really healthy foods. This session will include recipes, tastes, and ways to serve the vegetables and whole grains that children avoid.
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    Games Master in Training
    Joe Richards
    Session #5
    Come and learn a variety of new games and activities. During this active session, you will have the opportunity to play and learn. Large games, small games ­ but all active games.
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    Mid­Councils and Camps ­ Can't We All Just Get along?
    Kevin Veldhuisen
    Session #5
    Whether your camp is its own non­profit or still under the jurisdiction of a mid­council, or councils, we all must find healthy ways to work with each other. Most camps cannot live without the support of their mid­council(s), but more and more presbyteries feel they can live without their camps. This workshop will discuss ways to build up healthier...
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    An Anatomy of a Crisis: It Can Happen To You....
    Elise Bates Russell and Joel Gill
    Session #5
    Join us for some real example of crises at camp and retreat centers and how they were handled (or not handled) effectively. We will share what happened, what was helpful, who was helpful (local, regional, national agencies, etc.), and how to plan for the future. It may appear unbelievable, but it can happen to you!

Workshop Session #6 – Thursday | 3:00pm

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    Adopt a Cabin Programs ­ and Other Ways to Partner with Churches
    Beth Ehlers
    Session #4 | Session #6
    In 2011, Lakeshore Center at Okoboji implemented an adopt a cabin program that has been very successful. It helps to get our cabins up to date without shouldering the financial hardship. It is a way we partner with churches in our presbyteries. There will be time to share other ways to partner, gain support, and work together.
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    Mo-Ranch: Yesterday to Today
    Mo-Ranch Staff
    Session #4 | Session #6
    Three Houston oilmen developed the historic Mo-Ranch from 1929 to 1948. Take a tour of the site to learn the story behind many of the structures on site, as well as how the property was developed into the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly we enjoy today.
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    Staff Training Tips and Tricks
    Harry Zweckbronner
    Session #6
    Come join us as we share together tips and tricks to an effective and meaningful staff training for you and your staff. This will be a "crowd sourced" session where we rely on the wisdom and experience of those in attendance.
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    Secrets of a Camp Director
    Joe Richards
    Session #6
    After 20 years of being a Camp Director, I have some secrets to share. This session will cover a wide range of topics including leadership, training, ideas, things to do, and things not­to­do. This workshop is for camp directors, board members, volunteers, and more experienced camp counselors. Learn my secrets so you can use them to your advantage.
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    Yes, Those Site and Facility Details Really Do Make a Difference!
    Elise Bates Russell
    Session #6
    Every person’s first impression of the camp, retreat or conference center where you work is made in the first 3 minutes! This includes the people they meet and their experience of the facility: from the entrance to the parking lot to the first building they see and enter, to the restrooms and seating areas throughout the site. Take a...