- Annual Conference
- April 26 and 27th, 2013, Saskatoon
- Queens House Retreat Centre
- CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Friday, April 26
4:00 pm: Registration opens at Queens House.
- book into your room, have some
your camping colleagues.
5:30: Buffet supper in the dining room.
7:00: Evening program.
- Saturday, April 27
7:30 am: Optional time in the Chapel
- 9:00 - 11:30: Morning session with Chris
- A Positive Psychological Primer
A Full Life: Experiencing positive emotions about the past
and future, savoring possitive feelings from the pleasures,
deriving abundant gratification from your signature strengths,
and using these strengths in the service of something larger
to obtain meaning.
- 12:00 pm: Lunch
- 1:30 - 3:00: Afternoon session with Chris
Situational Leadership: Respond to Any
- Leadership Challenge with Confidence
This engaging workshop uses video clips to teach staff how to
rapidly assess the demands of any situation and flexibly adapt
his or her leadership techniques to suit.
- 3:15: SCA Annual General Meeting
- 4:00: Conference windup, goodbyes
Please pre-register if you are planning to attend this conference.
Our hosts at Queen House need to know how many guests to prepare
for. If you have questions or require more information please
call or email Donna Wilkinson. Please download the Conference
Brochure which includes a registration form, complete
it and mail it to the SCA office.
- READ as special communique just received from Chris, just
arrived, April 10th.
- The SCA will be presenting Dr. Chris Thurber
- Dr. Christopher Thurber is a board-certified
clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned
his BA from Harvard University in 1991 and a PhD in clinical
psychology from UCLA in 1997. A dedicated teacher from a young
age, Chris has taught elementary school French, undergraduate
courses in psychology, and swimming and sailing to people between
the ages of 8 and 80. During a two-year postdoctoral fellowship
at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Chris worked
with child burn survivors, a population he continues to support
through work with the International Association of Burn Camps
and the Phoenix Society.
now has more than 30 years of experience working with camps and
independent schools. He has written numerous book chapters and
scholarly articles on homesickness and childrens adjustment
to separation from home. An award-winning contributor to Camping
Magazine, Chris has also shared his youth development expertise
on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, CBS Morning News, NPR, FOX,
and PBS. His research has been featured in Time, Newsweek, USNews
& World Report, Smart Money, Parents, Parenting, Good Housekeeping,
Womens Day, Family Circle, Mens Health, The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington
Post, and many local newspapers and magazines.
- In 2007, Chris co-founded ExpertOnlineTraining.com,
which quickly became the Internets most popular and respected
educational resource for youth development professionals. Chris
also co-authored the critically acclaimed Summer Camp Handbook
with Dr. Jon Malinowski and he designed the ACAs homesickness
prevention program, a DVD/CD set for new camper families entitled
The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success.
- During the academic year, Chris serves as
school psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy, a private, coeducational,
boarding high school. He and his wife, Simonida, an analytical
chemist, live in Exeter, New Hampshire with their sons Danilo,
born in 2002, and Sava, born in 2004. During the late spring
and early summer, Chris conducts staff training and executive
coaching with dozens of camps, schools, youth development professionals
around the world. He is a favorite presenter and keynote speaker
at regional, national, and international conferences. All of
Chriss professional work is guided by the principles of
leadership-by-example and social connection. He also
believes you should practice what you preach. This is his 12th
year teaching at Exeter and his 31st season at Camp Belknap,
where he works as the waterfront director.
- Chris can be reached at: email@example.com.
His website is CampSpirit.com.