The overnight accommodations are dormitory style (many bunks in one room), and outside cabins for the more adventurous.
The bunk rooms are heated with bathrooms connected. No linen is provided, so bring towels, pillows, sheets and blankets (or sleeping bag)
What is the event? This will be a hands-on event (inviting participation at your own ability).
Group and community building
debriefing activities with a theological perspective
leading discussion and keeping people on track
more topics will be included - if you have anything you'd like to learn or discuss, please contact Gennie
This is a retreat time
We've requested the upgraded menu from their executive chef, so you'll be pampered!
Time to relax by the water or on a walk through the trails
Gathering with colleagues and others who serve in roles similar to you
About the trainer
Jalisa Danhof from Camp Newaygo
Jalisa has always wanted to be a Camp Director since elementary school, where she wrote in her 5th grade yearbook that "Summer Camp Professional" was her chosen career. She grew up as an active member in the Presbyterian church and worked her summers in Florida 4-H camping, eventually working two summers as Program Director. She interned at Montgomery Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center in Florida, where she fell in love with camping ministry. She completed her degree in Recreation and Leadership from Florida State University and soon after left sunny of Florida for the lakes, forests, and snow of Michigan. Now in her 6th year at Camp Newaygo as the Assistant Director, Jalisa is still hooked on camping. She has served as the National Emerging Professionals In Camping Chair since 2011, where she helps foster the next generation of camping leaders. She regularly presents at National and Regional ACA conferences and was the recipient of the 2016 Jack Weiner Young Leader Award. She is an active committee member for Buckeye Leadership Workshop (BLW) since 2010, helping plan, facilitate, and present at the annual 5-day workshop for over 120 participants. She has contributed to the GoCampPro podcast and blog, and has helped camping professionals find professional development through regular Mastermind meetings. Since her arrival at Camp Newaygo, under her leadership and guidance, Camp Newaygo's resident camping program attendance increased by 84%, and the day camp program attendance increased by 96%. She is a member of Fremont Wesleyan Church and hosts a weekly bible study. She lives on camp year-round with her wonderful husband and their Dalmatian, Captain. Jalisa believes that there is no greater legacy than spending your life doing the hardest job we will ever love
What is the cost? $40 per person
all inclusive - meals, lodging, and training
(the total cost is $62, and is being underwritten by the Diocese of Western Michigan's Formation budget line).
What should bring?
Notebook and pen are always helpful
Favorite materials and resources to share with others
Comfortable clothing (don't forget a change of clothing and something to sleep in)
Heavy shoes/boots and warm jacket for trail walks
Bedding (pillow, sleeping bag or sheets and blanket)