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Run Your Best Camp Ever: Terrific Training, Superb Supervision, & Phenomenal Program
Michael Brandwein

Friday, October 2, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL

After rave ISACS reviews for his 2014 workshop, the best-selling author in the camp field returns with an all-new program packed with practical and original techniques, skills, and materials you won’t find anywhere else that can be used immediately to boost the success and effectiveness of your camp program. You’ll learn:

  • The time is now. Powerful, simple things to do in the fall to prepare your camp for a superb 2016 season
    • What questions to ask yourself and others about this past season to assess what worked and to spread future success
    • Recruit and retain your best staff
    • Great interviewing success
    • Making the most of marketing: The zero-cost things to do with your website now
  • Have the best trained, most professional staff ever:
    • Fast, attention-grabbing ways to make your staff training exciting and motivating
    • Original, highly effective, nationally acclaimed staff training activities you can plug into your training right away
    • Special methods to boost participation and get immediate skill practice in staff training, to make sure staff learn skills that really enhance job performance, including communication, leadership, and more
    • Fun activities that teach teaching: make your staff even better instructors
  • Lead and coach staff to be their best
    • Develop the heart of camp—training the supervisors and team leaders
    • What to do when walking around: The specific expert things that outstanding supervisors and team leaders do, ask, and say every day to maximize program and leadership success
  • Pump up your program and put muscle in your mission
    • Show every person on your team how to make activities more creative, not only to motivate but to help campers embrace things that are new and different (a key 21st century, right brain, school success & ready-for-employment skill!)
    • New, original activities and games that teach young people skills for life
  • Customer Service & Great Parent Relationships
    • WESTI: Making great first impressions with campers and parents
    • Powerful but simple things to do that make parents say, “What a great camp!”

Michael Brandwein
 has made presentations in all 50 US states and on six continents and is the best-selling author in the camp field, with five consecutive bestsellers on training and leading staff who work with young people: Training Terrific Staff Volumes One and Two, Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say, Super Staff SuperVision, and Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Programs at Camp. Brandwein is an international expert in youth development in education, camps, and recreation. He wrote and presented three EMMY award-winning television programs on communicating with children and has served on the national board of directors of ACA receiving two national honors from ACA for his training of directors and staff throughout the world. He is the chair of the National Day Camp Conference and in 2014, he received the Kerns Award for Advancement of Professional Development in Camps. Brandwein conducts staff training for individual camps and all types of schools and is a frequent presenter at conferences for youth development organizations and educators. His Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Chicago. For more information visit,    

The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted parking prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

​GO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not be eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured discounted hotel accommodations at Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan. The Club Quarters is located two blocks from the ISACS classroom. To make a reservation, please contact Club Quarters Member Services at 203-905-2100 (Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm; Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm EST) and use the following group code "IS1015" to receive the discounted rate. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. For directions to the Club Quarters, which also includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here.

If you are looking for another option or the room block is full, please take a moment to check out the other hotels that the ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with in the Chicago area. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs. We recommend booking your hotel room early. 

If you have any issues booking a room at the Club Quarters or any other property, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Registration Fee

  • $190 member fee
  • $240 non-member fee 
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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