2017 National Leadership Conference & Promise to Practice

Kansas City – November 8-11, 2017

Camp Fire’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) and Promise to Practice will combine this year to give council leaders a chance to come together and focus on solutions that make councils stronger, together.

Register now for the National Leadership Conference (NLC)!

Register now for Promise to Practice (P2P)!

​Hotel Registration

The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza will serve as our host hotel for the event.

Attendees can make hotel reservations using the following link: Book Your Hotel Stay or by calling 1-800-810-3708 and requesting Camp Fire’s room block to receive our guaranteed rate of $149 per night.

Be sure to make your hotel reservations prior to October 16 to guarantee Camp Fire’s low rates ($149/night).

​Schedule of Events

​The following is a general schedule of events:

Wednesday, Nov. 8

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Registration and Camp Fire Store Opens
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Board to Board Meeting (For national and council board members only)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: ELSAMeeting
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Opening Reception(adult participants) and Opening Reception (YLE participants)
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm:Opening Dinner/Keynote Speaker

Thursday, Nov. 9

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast/Opening Plenary
9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Five Year Business Plan Discussion and Breakout Sessions (lunch included)
4:00 pm – P2P Registration and Camp Fire Store Opens
5:00 pm – On Your Own (YLE participants will attend separate event)

Friday, Nov. 10

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Joint Continental Breakfast/ Keynote Speaker (NLC and P2P)
9:00 am – Noon: NLC Congress and Closing Sessions
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: P2P Presentations and Breakout Sessions
Noon – 1:30 pm: NLC Closing Luncheon (Council Awards and Recognition; Remarks from Outgoing and Incoming National Board Chairs)
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: YAC Face 2 Face

Saturday, Nov. 11

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast/Keynote Speaker
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: P2P Presentations and Breakout Sessions
Promise to Practice concludes no later than 1:00pm

Promise to Practice: Super Skills Training Workshop

We have some super strength coaches flying in to help us sharpen and hone our own super skills:

  • Kiley Bednar, Project Manager and SEL Specialist with the Weikart Center, will share the key experiences that build SEL skills and lead us in assessing our own program SEL strengths and areas for growth. Kiley’s super power is helping people who work with youth do that work better! http://cypq.org/kileybednar
  • Anne Loehr, author and transformational leader, will help us amp up our emotional intelligence—-a super skill that every leader (and superhero) needs for personal and career success. Named the “Generational Guru” by Washington Post, Anne’s super power is leveraging the best in each generation. http://www.anneloehr.com/about-anne-loehr/
  • Deborah Gilboa, M.D. (aka “Dr. G”), parenting and youth development expert, will be with us for two full sessions—first to discuss cultural change related to retaining quality youth leaders and volunteers and then to explore how to talk to kids about tough topics. Dr. G’s super power is developing kids with character! https://askdoctorg.com/parenting-youth-development-expert/
  • José González, Founder and Executive Director of Latino Outdoors and Partner of the Avarna Group, will keynote our Friday lunch—-discussing equity and inclusion and their relevance to outdoor engagement and programming. Later, José will lead a session on grappling with unconscious bias to create more inclusive camp experiences. José’s super power is advocacy for diversity and environmental outreach. https://theavarnagroup.com/team/jose-g-gonzalez/

Don’t miss out on learning from these super coaches to help keep #CampFireStrong! Register now.

​Youth Leadership Experience

Camp Fire’s Youth Leadership Experience (YLE) is a component of NLC for teens who help lead or advise their local councils. You’ll attend NLC along with council leaders from around the country as we focus on making Camp Fire stronger, together. By participating in YLE, you’ll build the leadership capacity of your councils while demonstrating skills that empower you to better your schools, families, and communities.

Additional sessions for YLE are planned in conjunction with our National Youth Advisory Cabinet.


Thank you to our sponsors! We appreciate your commitment to making an impact and helping Camp Fire youth thrive.