Schedule at a Glance - WAIC: Western Association of Independent Camps
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70th Annual WAIC Conference

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Leadership in a Changing Landscape

Presented by AMSkier Insurance


Conference registration is open.

Vendor registration is open.


Partner in Education Sponsor – Camp Rightsleeve

November 17

Pre-conference Activities:

Wynkoop Brewery Lunch (meet in hotel lobby at 1:15) & Meow Wolf Tour (3:40pm)(contact for pricing & more details)

WAIC Happy Hour @ 6:30pm Sponsored by CampMinder

November 18

8:30am-12:30pm  WAIC Board of Directors Meeting

11:00am  Conference Registration Opens

12:30-1:00pm New Conference Attendee Welcome & Orientation

1:00-2:00pm  WAIC Section Meetings (for WAIC Member Camps, Guest Affiliates, and Camps who would like to learn more about WAIC)

2:30pm Conference Welcome & Keynote Address

4:30-7:00pm  Exhibit Hall Kick-Off & Reception

7:00pm Welcome Dinner

November 19

8:00am  Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00am-2:00pm  Exhibit Hall Open

9:15-10:30am  General Session

10:30-11:00am  Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Insurance

11:00am-12:00pm  Education Sessions

12:00-1:30pm   Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:45-3:00pm  General Session

3:00-3:15pm  Break

3:15-4:15pm  Education Sessions

4:15-4:30pm  Break

4:30-5:30pm  Camp Cafe

5:30-8:00pm  Dinner on Your Own

8:00pm  Game Night!

November 20

8:00am  Breakfast

9:30am-12:00pm  *WAIC Annual Meeting

*WAIC Annual Meeting is open to WAIC Members & Guest Affiliates only.

9:30-11:30am   Education Session

12:00-5:00pm   Lunch & Afternoon on Your Own

5:00-7:00pm  WAIC Auction & Reception

7:00pm  WAIC Annual Dinner & Slideshow

November 21

8:00-10:00am  Inspirational & Farewell Breakfast



Michelle Cummings

Michelle Cummings M.S. is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the Team Building field. She is an accomplished author and a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, team building, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing, and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work.


Michelle has delivered innovative staff training and teambuilding programs for hundreds of camps and non-profit organizations.  Michelle also works with professional associations, corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the world.  Michelle has a plethora of experience with camps:  she went to 15 different camps as a child, has worked full-time for several camps, is now a service provider to the camping industry, and is a parent of two campers who attended multiple camps.



Kelly Jones

Dr. Kelly Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist and Owner/Executive Director of Outpost Summer Camps. Her favorite part of therapy and camp is groups and the fun and growth spurred by being part of an inclusive and dynamic community. Kelly specializes in group therapy and helping teens and parents with issues related to ADHD, anxiety, and social skills.





Leslie Keller

Leslie (she/her) has been in the camping industry for over 10 years, holding various positions ranging from Site Director to Staff Training Coordinator to head of Marketing. Her goal with Equity in Camp Initiative is to create radical programming that healthily critiques typical camp practices and rethinks how to best serve our youth.






Daniel Morias

Daniel (he/him) has been in the camping industry for over 15 years. While he has held many positions, his area of expertise is program development, staff recruitment and training. Daniel’s aim with Equity in Camp Initiative is to help camps develop a culture of constant change and improvement in order to best meet the needs of each person in each moment.








Mikey Latner & Ozzie Baron

Project:Camp was founded by Mikey Latner, a camp director with decades of experience in youth education, and Ozzie Baron, a strategy and operations expert who has helped organizations start, grow and scale. Mikey and Ozzie are old friends who both had impactful, transformative experiences as campers and counselors at summer camp. In starting Project:Camp, their goal is to provide the same mentorship, humor and sense of belonging that they associate with camp for kids who need it most. The goal isn’t simply to provide a safe space for kids whose lives have been disrupted, but to help them learn, grow and thrive as a result.