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NNERPC Directors' Academy

Spend two days with three of the best, brightest and most innovative professionals in the camp industry! Scott Arizala, Steve Maguire, and Jack Schott will host NNEPRC Academy, an immersive series of sessions designed to connect like-minded professionals, provide real take-aways for your specific situations, and new ways to think about old problems.

Monday PMWelcome, Looking Back at 2018, Solving Problems for 2019
Tuesday AMStaff, Structures, Training, Growth, and What To Do When It Goes Wrong

Scott Arizala:

Scott is one of the leading experts and trainers on kids, staff and the experience of summer camp. He is the CEO of The Camp Counselor, a consulting and training company working with hundreds of camps and thousands of staff & administrators across the country and abroad.  He is the proud partner of Bioverativ, delivering the Camp Academy Staff Training Program to camps for kids with bleeding disorders and the Founder and Chairman of Chasing Summer, an organization dedicated to creating access for people with autism in recreation and education. He is a pioneering faculty member of Expert Online Training, the world’s leader in online training for camp staff.  He is a regular contributor to ACA’s Camping Magazine and is the author of the best-selling book on summer camp and youth development, S'more Than Camp and contributing editor of Happiness, Diversity & Autism: Practical Strategies for Inclusion.
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Steve Maguire:
Steve Maguire is a professional speaker, teacher, author and dad.  He has presented to tens of thousands youth development professionals over the last 14 years.  

Steve's mission as a professional speaker is to provide fun, professional and inspiring presentations for all clients. Speaking and training in the primary fields of schools and summer camps, Steve's audiences range from summer camp staff and administrators to school faculty, students, athletes and parents.

In 2004 Steve started his own professional speaking business because he saw a need for dynamic, fun and educational programs in both the academic and camp setting. Since then, over 800 schools and summer camps across the United States have brought him in to work with their faculty and staff. He has the perfect blend of humor and energy. His audiences consistently describe him as “dynamic,” “hilarious” and “engaging.”

Steve has written numerous articles for Education and Camping magazines across the United States and Canada. He is the author of two books. 23 Ways to Maximize Your School Relationships and Not the Way You Have Always Done It, with Sarah Kurtz Mckinnon.

You can read more about Steve here…

Jack Schott:
Jack struggles with rules, hearing no, and sitting still, in all the best and worst ways. He and Laura Kriegel are the founders of Camping Coast to Coast, where they spent 2½ years traveling the country. They visited more than 200 summer camps and 47 states, searching for ways to bring more kids to better camps.  Passionate about creating a place where play could thrive, Jack and Laura put these ideas into action, founding Stomping Ground, an overnight camp dedicated to radical empathy, self-direction, and reimagining a world where more is possible. He is a Directors’ Camp facilitator and co-founder of The Summer Camp Society.  Jack, a proud millennial, has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an entrepreneur, an ideas-generator, and a creative yet systematic problem-solver. You can learn more about Jack at