Last year around this time I headed off to a magical adventure in the woods, CAMP. This business conference that is so much more than a business conference was one of my highlights of 2013, and I even included it as an example of what to do right in this article I wrote about design conferences for Communication Arts:
That motto was on my mind this summer when I attended CAMP, a new creative business conference held at a YMCA summer camp in Big Bear, California. About 120 attendees stayed in same-sex cabins and signed up for workshops ranging from social media marketing to foraging and wildcrafting. There was even a camp dance. By the last night, I had learned new skills like indigo dyeing and professional product photography, but it all happened in a setting that was inspiring and invigorating—it made me feel as though I hadn’t sacrificed my work or life to be there. The best part of all: there was not a plastic name badge in sight.
Sounds good, right? This year’s CAMP promises to be even more magical. It takes place May 29 to June 1 in beautiful Big Bear Lake, which is only two hours from LA but feels worlds away. I’ll be giving one of the breakfast keynotes, but you’ll be wide awake because you’ll already have taken your morning polar bear plunge, of course.