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Monday, March 16 • 2:10pm - 2:40pm
Burn your Camp Down

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How do you sustain culture through crisis? I will tell the story of my two camps' most recent summer operating at a new location after burning down in the 2018 California Wildfires. You'll experience short narratives coupled with opportunities to articulate and envision what your organizations look like when every tangible element is stripped away. We're using my camps' current circumstances to brainstorm how we can all reevaluate our organizations' cultural priorities and systems. We'll discuss:

1) The Story - How we mobilized in the immediate aftermath of the fires, sustained our community outreach, and embraced a new space.
2) Our Focus - How we doubled down on our culture, trained our staff, and established multiple systems of communication and feedback in order to create staff and communal buy-in.
3) Adaptation - How we seized new programmatic and systemic opportunities while retaining our essence. Also, how we talked about the fires with our kids.
4) What We Learned - How we got better, and what the fires taught us about what we should have been doing as an organization regardless of the circumstances.

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Ari Kaplan

Assistant Director, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps
Ari Kaplan grew up a total summer camp kid, attending Camp Hess Kramer every year he was eligible. After graduating with a B.S. in music from Indiana University, he worked as a songleader and music educator until becoming an assistant director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm PDT