Buckeye Leadership Workshop 2020
March 25 - 29, 2020
Ages 14 years 8 months and up
This session has openings for males and females. Registration for this session will end on 3/11/2020 at 11:59 PM.
Buckeye Leadership Workshop is a learning, sharing “workshop” intended as a balanced program of social, physical, and mental activities. We believe that Buckeye Leadership Workshop provides a powerful learning environment in which anyone who works with people, professionally or informally, can develop programming for youth or adults. The workshop also benefits those who simply enjoy associating with great people, experiencing new ideas, and learning new skills. Experiential learning through recreation is truly the intent and methodology of Buckeye Leadership Workshop.

The BLW planning committee is thrilled to announce that Dr. Chris Cavert will be joining us at the 2020 workshop as our featured presenter! Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known educator, trainer and speaker and recipient of the AEE Karl Rohnke creativity award and the NCCPS Master Facilitator and Trainer award. He has been working with groups of all ages for more than 25 years. Chris is the author of over a dozen books related to activity-based experiential group development. He holds an undergraduate degree in physical education, a master’s degree in Experiential Education and an educational doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. As an educator Chris focuses on how to use team building activities to enhance social emotional learning and develop pro-social skills within groups of all ages. For more about Dr. Cavert, check out his FunDoing website here.

October 1, 2019: Registration opens
January 6, 2020: Scholarship application deadline (including references!) - EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1, 2020!
February 20, 2020: Early Bird registration ends. Final day for full refund of deposit if cancelling registration.

If you are applying for a scholarship, you will need two letters of recommendations. The link to complete the recommendation form can be found here (or copy and paste this link: bit.ly/BLWREF2020.

If you have problems during the registration process, please contact Michael at mvdanhof@gmail.com or Dave at registrar@buckeyeleadership.com.

We look forward to seeing you at BLW 2020!

BLW Board of Trustees

Available Options:
I am Applying For A Scholarship We have a limited number of partial scholarships available. Please indicate here if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Scholarship funding comes from BLW’s R. Bruce Tom Memorial Fund.

Two letters of recommendation are required to be considered for a scholarship.

Morning Sessions
Sing, Ring, Stomp and TEACH!
Instructors: Larry Hall, Bill Henderson, Owen Herbst

Participants will be immersed in a wide variety of opportunities to Sing, Make Rhythms and Music with wide variety of “instruments” both made and found. You will learn “tips” on how to enjoy, lead and teach youth, teens, adults and seniors about ways to make and enjoy making music. We plan to surprise and amaze and put a “smile on your heart!”
Staff Development and Designing Staff Training
Instructor: Beth Allison, CampHacker

Leadership Training is both an art and a science. Drawing from over 30 years of Staff Development in Summer Camp, Beth will take you through the necessary steps to help you build your own professional and intentional staff training. She will share some of her very best techniques and activities to create a strong and vibrant community in which staff will thrive and feel supported. Topics will include: developing an engaging and respectful learning environment, determining how to make the most of your schedule, understanding how to engage return staff, learning ways to continue staff training all year round, and setting up your people to better deal with anxiety and stress.

Through discussion, hands-on, and individual activities, we’ll experience together how to build an incredibly intentional staff training that fills all your people with passion and purpose.
Keep Calm and Relax
Instructors: Michael Danhof, Frances Nicol, Tim Reynolds, Rod Matz

Tight Shoulders? Feeling stressed? Have the worries of life caught up to you or those important to you? Need some time during the craziness of BLW to just…. aahhhhhhh…...breathe? Then we hope that this session will help you out. This session will take a look at stress - the good, the bad and the ugly. We will explore different ways to relieve stress, including breathing techniques and exercises, progressive relaxation, simple massage techniques, and Yoga (taught by a 4-H Yoga for Kids trained instructor). By the end of the class you will have learned skills that you can use yourself or share with others. Bring a water bottle, towel and/or yoga mat.
+ $5.00  
THrive{OLOGY}: Train the Trainer
Instructors: Amber Grundy and Tim Borton

Learn how to help youth find their Sparks, gain self-confidence, and learn life-changing life skills to thrive now! Thrive{ology} is a research-based program framework founded on the pillars of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and it works. Developed by the Thrive Foundation for Youth, Thrive{ology} has four goals: help youth (1) discover their “Sparks,” (2) develop a Growth Mindset, (3) learn goal-management skills, and (4) take time to reflect. In this train-the-trainer level course, you will learn how to train your staff, camp counselors, or youth leaders so that they can implement Thrive{ology} into your programs.
Instructors: Edie Dyke

Everyone knows there is no such thing as a "quilt in a day" but we believe we have a quilt you can complete while you are at BLW and have LOTS of fun making it. Kit will be provided at a cost of $10. You will need to bring a sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (There are a limited number of sewing machines available; please contact Edie or Registrar to let us know if you will need one).
+ $10.00  
Afternoon Sessions
Tips and Tools for Productivity
Instructors: Travis Allison and Joe Richards

Are you overwhelmed with all of the productivity blogs, hacks, and apps? Travis and Joe will help you cut through the clutter and get to what works for you. Expect to learn a series of "best practices" as well as helpful software, phone apps, as well as other offline tools. This session will cover a variety of productivity tips and tools to help you get better control of your life, your job and your sanity. Travis and Joe will help you discover what can work for you personally. Come with a "Can Do" attitude and be willing to try new things.
Swing and Squares
Instructors: Tim Borton and Craig Muhlenkamp

Learn a wide variety of dances that work with groups small and large. Easy to learn, fun to attempt, and great exercise. This class will be up and moving most of the time. We will dance in lines, circles, squares and more. We will explore the basic moves in country style swing dancing! The session will include limited opportunities to practice leading dances to the other class participants if there is desire.
Instructors: Ted Zech and Jack Herbst

Do you love shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway" and other improvisational comedy? Then we've got the class for you. Come stretch your imagination muscles and play a wide variety of improv games, and practice making quick improvisational skits. No experience necessary, and as they say it's all made up but the experience matters.
Screen Printing 101
Instructor: Sarah Wensink

Have you ever had the perfect idea for a t-shirt design, but it wasn’t cost effective to have just one shirt made? Come to this class to learn all you need to know to silk screen your own designs onto shirts, bags, paper, wood and more! We will start from the beginning with low-tech materials (hand-drawn designs and household materials), and graduate to using a computer and Cricut to cut more intricate designs using vinyl. We will be using paint, so be prepared to get your hands a little dirty.
+ $20.00  
Exploring our Wild Outdoors
Instructor: John Fark

Camp Staff, counselors, teachers, naturalists, parents and grandparents: become the "Pied Piper" for youth and adults in exploring the natural world around them. John Fark will involve you in a multitude of experiences that will help kids (and yourself) increase awareness and get excited about understanding and appreciating the mysterious relationships of plants and critters in our Great Outdoors. Learn lots of "hands on" fun activities that will "sensitize your senses" to the textures, molecular vibrations, aromas, shapes and colors to "see the outdoors" as never seen before. Learn how to get yourself and others excited about investigating and unraveling the "mysteries" of the forest, the stream and the back yard. Resource Packet provided. Bring your water proof boots, raincoat and outdoor wear.
Camp Counselor Toolkit
Instructors: Frances Nichol, Christy Leeds, and Larry Hall

This session is for current or aspiring camp counselors and leaders seeking a variety of tools and activities they can use at camp. Participants will receive a “toolkit” with items and resources to use while at camp. We will explore various topics from working with various ages, working with challenging campers, teaching effective sessions, leading all camp activities, etc. The goal of this session is to supplement training received in your current program, provide additional resources, and help you become the best camp leader you can be.
+ $10.00  
Purposeful Program Design for Team Builders
Instructor: Dr. Chris Cavert

This program is full of tools used to teach and practice purposeful programming for team building experiences. You will learn how to use the 'Activity Determination Scale' (ADS) and the “F.U.N.” Program Design (FPD) model to blend activities together on a macro and micro level. This experience will also include considerations for educational roles, activity formations, props, transitions and processing techniques to become a purposeful programmer. All facilitator experience levels can benefit from this hands-on, interactive program.
Craft Night
Instructors: Sami Brossia, Ashley Okel, and Ariel Blanton

You’ve heard of “Game Night”, but have you heard of “Craft Night”?! Come join us for a variety of single-serve sized craft projects adaptable for all ages. We will guide you through trendy projects to do with a group, to have friends over, or for a new way to spend time at a family gathering. We will chill out making Boho Chic macrame jewelry and home decor, be inspired making wall art like quotes on watercolors, rustic or geometric string art, or photo transfers on wood, then relax after making spa goodies like bath bombs and jellies, soaps, and sugar scrubs. We will wrap it up with a trendy sun-dyed scarf/bandana printed by the power of the sun! We’ll even make some sweets and treats to make the party extra fancy!
+ $20.00  
Hand Work
Instructor: Edie Dyke

When you're too tense for common sense, relax a vous. Everywhere you turn magazines and TV shows are singing the benefits of hand work for us. Busy people, more than anyone else, deserve a little "fabric therapy." We will explore hand piecing, embroidery, wool applique and hand quilting in this class. Come have a cup of tea and relax with me.
AmountDiscount NameDescription
$25.00Early Registration DiscountIf you sign up and make the required deposit payment before February 20, 2020 (1 month before workshop), the registration fee is $350. After February 20, the registration cost is $375.
1152 Green Ravine Dr • Westerville • OH • 43081 • (614) 419 5022
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