The Playwork Campference is a camping conference dedicated to the theory, ethics and practices of Playwork, offering a unique opportunity to spend time within a community of internationally experienced playworkers. Our small but growing field has a rich history and astonishing breadth of application. Meet colleagues who have started and staffed play-focused projects in parks, schools, hospitals, and Adventure Playgrounds. Observe playwork in action, and talk with new friends and mentors about the challenges and triumphs they’ve known. Through facilitated workshops, presentations on the latest research, and hands-on building opportunities, participants will be able to expand their knowledge, deepen their practice, and make strong personal connections with fellow playworkers.
“Campference was a completely unforgettable experience. Unlike other conferences where it is just info after info, I felt able to really think and reflect and resonate on what I was learning, and it truly ignited a flame inside of me – a passion already existed, but Campference really took that to a new level! I would definitely go back.” ~ Megan, Campference 2017
We are pleased to announce that we will have 2 keynote speakers for our 4-day, 3-night Campference in 2019. We have UK-based author and experienced playworker Ali Wood coming over to share her wisdom and have also invited fellow Campference organiser and US-based playworker Jill Wood as our second keynote.
This page will be updated with information about our Campference as we go. Keep an eye on it for any exciting developments!
Theme: “Through the Woods: Choosing a Playwork Path”
Dates: 15th-18th February 2019
Location: 11001 Hammerly Blvd, Houston, TX, 77043, USA
Early Bird Camper: $395 USD
Early Bird Non-camper: $325 USD
Full Price Camper: $495 USD
Full Price Non-camper: $425 USD
Please contact email@example.com for group rates or financial assistance options.
***Early bird ends on 31st October 2018***
We are also putting out a Call for Presentations!
If you’d like to present at the Campference about how you are working playwork into your daily practice, consider putting in proposal so you can share your thoughts with others!
More details can be found on our Call for Presentations Submission Form here.
If you’re a little bit scared of presenting, then here’s a blogpost that might soothe your worried brain.
Pre-Campference Leadership Intensive
This is an opportunity specifically for those starting or leading playwork projects to meet one another and delve into project management issues such as recruitment and training, fundraising, and site development. We’ll “refine and define” the language we use to communicate with the public, and create resources to do that more effectively. This also includes a strategic workshop on the future of playwork in the USA, and the Campference’s only chance to see AP with children in attendance.
More details can be found on our blogpost here.
If you aren’t camping and are opting to find your own accommodation as part of the Campference, we have some options for you. We have negotiated discounts with 2 local hotels and have thoughts about Airbnb locations. Shoot firstname.lastname@example.org a line if you’d like to find out more about this.
Have some questions about our Campference? We’ve got some answers for you! Check our FAQ page here to see if we can quench your thirst for more knowledge, or email email@example.com.