There are some scenes I will forever associate with Campference… talking around the fire, watching sparks fly up while people laughed. Pushing wheelbarrows full of potatoes around. Seeing folks who have been emailing for months or years, finally meet face to face. If you were there, you’ll remember. We’re planning on all that again, in 2022!
There’s another set of memories, that others of you may share. There were always folks who couldn’t come, when money or visas got in the way. Waiting for Suzanna to clear Security, with fingers crossed. This past year and a half has brought many challenges, but I’m so glad to say that this year’s Virtual Campference is open to anyone with internet.
You can even still camp, if you want!
This Virtual Campference will still be short – only two hours. But it will still focus on the same two things as always: telling stories and connecting people with playwork. We know that folks are exhausted, sneaking away for a holiday, nursing themselves through injury. It’s so hard to think about adding another thing to your list. Hear me out, on why this is worth it.
1. Have you have wanting a new playwork friend? We know that this work is unsustainable alone – and that many people are working alone, either in their geographical region or particular setting. Suzanna’s great skill is connecting people, and she’s hoping to inspire new groups to gather (in person or online) before the Campference begins. This is your chance to have Suzanna find you a match!
2. If you are new to playwork and want an introductory orientation before Campference, we’re offering that too! Or if you want to recommend that someone else learn more about this marvelous field… send them over. The date and time of this session will be confirmed ASAP.
3. On the 24th of September at 12pm EST the first hour will be a Meet and Greet, highlighting the work of great practitioners and sites. The second hour will is dedicated to facilitated conversations on burning issues you identify. There will be more about both of these offerings, in the next blog post!
The Campference will be conducted in English, with simultaneous translation in Turkish, Portugese, Arabic, and Spanish. Isn’t that amazing? We have wanted to help offer more playwork content in languages other than English for the LONGEST time. Thanks to some very good friends in Turkey who wish to remain anonymous, that time is now. That means this Campference can be the most international one yet – and you all know that’s saying something!
4. You need another thing? We got you! How about a PATCH, fully embroidered and pretty dang cool, if we do say so ourselves. That will get mailed out to all participants, and it will look great on you.
We all know that it’s been a hard time for a long time, and signing up for One More Thing might feel impossible. Here’s the thing: no one gets it like other playworkers do. This event will gather and celebrate folks who really love play, and who are passionate about making real changes in children’s lives. Don’t you want to remember how it feels to be with other playworkers? We want to keep growing and supporting this international community around children’s play, and you’re an important part of that. Come on in!