User Conference

Brought to you by CampBrain

Oct 12+13 2017 // Toronto

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Why

Currently…

  • You are working with CampBrain's Web version or you are thinking about converting to it.
  • It is probably the single piece of software you use most in your day! One little nugget of new knowledge can have a big impact on your daily routine.
  • You don't usually get a lot of opportunity to network, bounce ideas around and learn from your camp peers.
  • You sometimes wonder if you are getting the most from CampBrain – you feel like there are features you are not using.
  • You want to excel in your role, provide exceptional service to your customers and work efficiently within your camp team.
  • You want to get the most out of this critical tool, CampBrain.

If any of this sounds familiar…

This is WHY you should attend BRAINSTORM 2017! It is the one opportunity to learn from other camp peers, chat one-on-one with CampBrain staff and truly increase your knowledge. And have some fun too!

20+ sessions + panels // One-on-one sessions with support staff // Best practices from other CampBrain users // Future feature discussion + direction // Meet the CampBrain team // Be the best Camp Administrator

"It was fantastic. It was an opportunity to network with like-minded people and to share and learn together. Looking forward to next year already!"

- Blaine Seamone, TMS Discovery Day Camp

Venue

We will spend 2 days at the beautiful Cathedral Centre, located on the east side of Toronto's downtown. Close to great restaurants and sites, you are very conveniently located.

Schedule

Pre Event // Wednesday, October 11, 2017

6:00-7:30 Drinks and Appetizers at the CampBrain Office

Getting into Toronto on Wednesday? Happen to live here?
Join us for appetizers and drinks from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at our offices on Wednesday (Oct 11). Very informal and light, this is just a chance to see where we work, chat with Brainers and start the conference off right.

Day 1 // Thursday, October 12, 2017

8:30-9:15 Registration & Breakfast
9:15-9:45 Opening & Welcome
10:00-11:00 Session One
11:15–12:15 Session Two
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 Session Three
3:00-4:00 Session Four
4:00-5:00 Optional One-on-One's
7:00-10:00 Drinks & “Finger Foods”

We have rented La Maquette for the evening. Situated right across the street from The Cathedral, it is a 5 min walk from all the recommended hotels (so, no transportation required!). It is a really unique space in Toronto – art deco, 2 stories, former restaurant, overlooking Sculpture Garden. We have the whole space to ourselves and we’ll be serving drinks and passed “finger foods” throughout the evening. Plan to join us!

Day 2 // Friday, October 13, 2017

8:45-9:45 Optional One-on-One's & Continental Breakfast
10:00-11:00 Session Five
11:15-12:15 Session Six
12:15-1:30 Lunch & Open Q&A
1:45-2:45 Session Seven
2:45-3:00 Closing
3:00-5:00 Optional One-on-One's

"I had a blast! I thought it was so well organized and professionally done. I was able to take away so much new information and have already started applying it to our application process. It was eye opening to meet admins from across North America and see the unique ways they utilize the software. You did a wonderful job of balancing professional development and fun. Thank you!!"

- Sarah Facey, Camp Awakening

Sessions

You are coming to the conference to learn, right?! Well, we will deliver! The conference is focused on the Web version of CampBrain and our focus is to equip you with the knowledge to become the best user possible. Therefore, our sessions will be focused on new ideas, best practices, uncovering hidden gems and providing you with the knowledge you need to make a true difference to your daily routine. We have provided lots of time for one-on-one sessions to review your specific setup and questions (this is a much-LOVED aspect each year!).

Here’s a sense of some of the focus areas:

  • Assisting new users with how to most effectively use reporting and criteria selection
  • An in-depth review of camper financial reports
  • What’s coming next, hosted by our development team
  • Interactive session with our development team to highlight most needed items
  • Best practices with medical forms and our NEW Health Center
  • Designing the most effective forms and custom fields
  • Top ideas for the Staff module
  • Designing awesome email templates
  • Focusing on optimizing parent communication
  • Viewing the online registration process through your parent’s eyes
  • Best practices in the conference center
  • Newly released features

"Wonderful conference! Great content, interesting sessions, good variety of topics and information to cover. Presenters did a great job presenting the information so it was easy too understand and were open to all questions. I said it once, but I am happy to say it again...Well Done CampBrain!! Thank you!"

- Angie Matthews, Camp Couchiching

Hotels

We have not reserved a block of rooms at any particular hotel but we recommend you stay at one of four hotels. All are located within a 5 minute walk of the conference location and range in price from $200 to $240 per night (CDN$). Click here to print a hotel summary.

Holiday Inn Express

Toronto Downtown

111 Lombard Street, Toronto

Reservations: 1-877-660-8550

www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Toronto Downtown

8 Colborne Street, Toronto

Reservations: 1-888-388-3932

cosmotoronto.com

Cambridge Suites Toronto

Toronto Downtown

15 Richmond St. E, Toronto

Reservations: +1-866-500-4938

cambridgesuitestoronto.com

Novotel Toronto Centre

Toronto Downtown

45 The Esplanade, Toronto

Reservations: +1-416-367-8900

novotel.com

Food + Travel

Food

Here's a quick look at what we are providing as part of the conference (included in the conference fee):

Wednesday
6:00-7:30pm Drinks and Appetizers at the CampBrain office

Thursday
8:30am Breakfast
12:30pm Lunch
7:00pm Drinks & “Finger Foods”

Friday
8:45am Optional Continental Breakfast
12:15pm Lunch

Travel

Getting to Toronto is easy! It is one of the busiest airports in North America, with just about every airline serving it. Don't forget your passport if coming from the US!

You will be centrally located so getting around will be easy if you want to site-see. There is no parking at the conference site but the hotels will have parking options available for a fee.

For all your travel essentials, see this document.

Entertainment

Toronto is a truly international, cosmopolitan city! Given its very diverse and large population, the city has fantastic restaurants, top-notch theatre, big-name concerts and lots of professional sports. To see what is happening in the city, check out these sites: http://www.blogto.com/events/, http://www.toronto.com/events/. Plan to stay the weekend!

"You should be proud of yourselves - you really did a wonderful job with this conference. You conveyed the fact that you truly care and want to help us to the best of your ability. Kudos to your entire team!"

- Lisa Carley, Camp Christopher

Cost + Registration

Conference Fee - $245

($285 after September 15, 2017)

  • Includes all programming, one-on-one sessions, meals listed above
  • USD for US residents and CAD for Cdn residents (HST extra)
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