2018 MSC Winter Workshop and Business Networking Extravaganza

It is time to register! The Niambi Jaha-Echols Workshop on creating more culturally inclusive camp environments - and the MSC Business Networking Extravaganza - will both take place at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland on Tuesday, January 23.

In conjunction with the annual MSC Business Networking Extravaganza , the Education Committee will offer a 3½-hour workshop featuring Niambi Jaha-Echols, past member of the ACA Board and advisor to many camp groups. The morning workshop will be centered on Niambi’s passion: Cross Cultural Agility.

Would you like to learn ways to create a camp environment that is more inclusive for all people and cultures? Do you want strategies to help you work with staff in creating a culturally agile, thoughtful, and inclusive camp community? Join your MSC colleagues for an inspiring morning with Niambi Jaha-Echols as she shares her passion.
As society and the camping movement evolve, many of our camps are attempting to become more diverse and inclusive, including efforts to expand cultural, racial, and socio-economic diversity. In this workshop, we will explore how our different cultural experiences and conditioning influence our interactions with others, all with the aim of helping our camps become more welcoming to a wide range of staff, campers and families. Statements such as "I don't see color," and "I treat everyone the same," are often used to communicate that we are inclusive. Day-to-day, however, people of color still often experience prejudice and exclusion that undermine our best intentions. Our morning with Niambi will help us understand how stereotypes and assumptions contribute to prejudice, bias, and misunderstanding. At the end of the workshop you will walk away with ideas and tools, which you can implement in your staff training and throughout the summer, to enhance the camp experience for all in your camp community. For more information about Niambi click on this link: http://www.niambijaha-echols.com/

Please help us make our Niambi Jaha-Echols Workshop and the MSC Business Networking Extravaganza a huge success!  In addition to registering yourself, we encourage you to sign up a few of your staff . With just over two months before the event we already have over 30 of our business members registered and they are donating some amazing raffle prizes. Making sure that your camp is represented at the workshop and attending the vendor event is the best possible way to express your appreciation for all the support we get from our business members. Last year 71 MSC Business Members signed up for the Extravaganza and donated over 50 raffle prizes!

The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a free lunch, plus any raffle prizes you win! Once you register, the MSC office will send you an invoice.

Everyone who registers by December 1 st will get an extra ticket for the grand prize raffle item – three days and two nights at the Inn at Ocean’s Edge, a Migis spa resort, located in Lincolnville. http://innatoceansedge.com/
Schedule for the Day
8:30 – 9:00             Registration and coffee
9:00 – 12:30           Creating a More Culturally Inclusive Camp Environment Workshop     
12:30 – 2:45           Business Networking Extravaganza and “walking lunch”
2:45 – 3:00             Mega Raffle – you must be present to win
3:00 – 4:00            Post conference Happy Hour for businesses and camps.

This day is made possible by the generosity of our 2018 SPONSORS
Acadia Insurance, Androscoggin Bank, Artist and Craftsman, Chalmers Insurance, CIEE, Custom Coach, The Kane Schools, Maine Bus Rentals, Northeast Charter and Tour, Norway Savings Bank, Payroll Management, Redbird Media Group