2019 Southeast Regional Conference

What’s the Story? Adding the Next Chapter
YMCA Camp Greenville • Cleveland, SC • February 22-24, 2019
Big thanks to all those who joined us this year!
See you next year at Camp Kanuga!

The 2019 Conference Program

SE Regional Schedule

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Registration Rates
Registration rate does not include lodging or meals.
On-site lodging and meals are available for an additional fee.

Registration Type Rates

Full -or- Full Plus Member Regular $140
eMember -or- NonMember Regular $165
Full -or- Full Plus Member Student $95
eMember -or- NonMember Regular Student $105
Presenter $80
One Day $100
Lodging & Meal Rates

Lodging description:  Cozy, climate controlled cabins divided into two or three separate sleeping areas with bunk beds; complete bathrooms are located in each cabin. Must bring your own sleeping bags, linens, and towels.

Please note if you choose to stay off-site, it is about a 40 minute drive from Camp Greenville to the nearest accommodations.

Full - 2 nights lodging, 5 meals
Discounted Student Rate 
Commuter - no lodging, 5 meals $80
One Day - 1 night lodging, 3 meals $55

Know before you go

Service Crew is limited to 9 positions. Members will receive a $50 work-grant and will be expected to work for at least 5 hours during their assigned shifts. Volunteer positions are a great way to interact with other attendees and workshop presenters. This year we added Service Crew work-grants as a way to support members of our community that might not be able to attend the conference otherwise. Everyone that applies through this form by Jan. 25th will be considered. Service Crew shifts involve helping with Registration, Workshop Support, and/or Pre-Conference set-up. Volunteers will primarily help presenters get set up and pass out workshop evals at the end of workshops, but we will likely add other roles to help the conference feel more personal. 

Workshop support includes ensuring presenters and volunteers have what they need prior to workshop sessions starting, and greeting/helping people find the right room at one of the two workshop locations. You will be able to attend workshops in the building you are assigned to. While these will count as 1 hour shifts, it is important to know that you will need to be there over the course of 3 or more hours since you will be working between workshops. All members of service crew will likely have at least one of these shifts.

If chosen for a work-grant you must register for the conference before the Normal Registration Deadline on January 31st. Service Crew applicants will be notified on Jan. 26th and those chosen will be given a coupon code to use during registration for their discount (if you have already registered, we will work that out).

Service Crew and Volunteer Registration Form

Theme: What’s the Story? Adding the Next Chapter
Storytelling offers information in a beautiful experiential way, promoting present understanding and future growth. Stories remind us where we have been and help us make meaning of where we are. Most importantly, storytelling offers an exploration of future potential and where we want to go. We all write our own stories, so we can write what we desire!
The Association for Experiential Education’s story has deep roots in the Southeast Region, dating back to the first international conference in Boone, NC. On February 22, 2019, we will be “Adding The Next Chapter” to that story, as we convene the Southeast Regional Conference to ask “What’s The Story?”
We invite you to be a part of telling the story of AEE. Please consider adding your story as a presenter!
~Southeast Regional Council and Conference Committee
Location: YMCA Camp Greenville, Cleveland, SC

For over 100 years Y Camp Greenville has been owned and operated by the YMCA of Greenville. Camp Greenville is located in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper Greenville County, South Carolina. Its 1,400 acres of mountain wilderness are bordered by 12,000 acres of State Park woodlands. Its unique mountaintop setting and adventurous programs make for unforgettable experiences that provide a lifetime of memories.

Please visit the YMCA website to learn more: https://campgreenville.org

Our Professional Association: Association for Experiential Education (AEE)

Vision: We believe learning through experience positively transforms people and our world.
Mission: AEE promotes and expands the global capacity of experiential learning.

AEE, based in Denver, Colorado, is a nonprofit professional membership association organized to bring people together from around the globe to celebrate experiential learning. It is divided into 8 different regions spanning the United States. Cleveland, SC, is in the southeast region which consists of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

AEE offers a variety of services to help expand and enrich the experiential education community, including regional and annual conferences, defining professional standards, providing accreditation to organizations, and presenting the latest news and research through AEE E-news and the Journal of Experiential Education.

Learn more about us here.

Be creative! We want you to share with the community what you are excited about, what you are working on, and information you feel others might be interested in.

Prior conferences have included such topics as:

  • Proper Training for Climbers
  • Finding art in nature
  • Lightning safety education for adventure programming
  • An introduction to home-scale permaculture
  • Metaphoric framing to better meet participant outcomes
  • An adventure in assessment
  • The Evergreen Community – Does experiential & environmental education have a place in today’s schools?
  • Creating a risk management system for adventure programming
  • Exploring social justice through experiential learning
Areas of focus:
  1. Many exciting workshop strand categories (see below – “About the Workshop”)
  2. Student Workshops!
    • Students, if you have something you are excited about, but are unsure about presenting on a topic at full length, we invite you to propose a 30 minute workshop in any of the full- length session strands/topics. We would like to make sure this experience is a comfortable environment to help develop your professional presentation skills.
    • Please note that you are a student when completing your proposal and we will pair you with a professional to serve as a coach for you. He/she will discuss your workshop prior to your presentation and answer any questions you might have. Your coach will also attend your workshop, take notes on your presentation, and provide immediate feedback following your presentation.
    • Professionals: We need coaches for our student presenters! Please select within your registration if you would be willing to be a student presenter coach.
    • Questions? Contact: Laura Baird at [email protected].


Rebecca L. Carver ABC's Award
Rebecca Carver was a dedicated and passionate experiential educator. She lost her life to cancer at a very young age but her passion for experiential learning lives on in the students she inspired during her life. Rebecca's work introduced the concept of the ABC's of Experiential Education. Rebecca viewed inspiring Agency, Belonging, and Competence as critical dimensions of the work of experiential educators. 

View more about this award!

Agency - represents the developing of students' personal agency - allowing individuals to become more powerful change agents in their lives and communities; increasing individuals' recognition and appreciation of the extent to which the locus of control for their lives is within themselves, and enabling them to use this as a source of power to generate activity.

Belonging - refers to developing and maintaining a community in which individuals share a sense of belonging - see themselves as members with rights and responsibilities, power and vulnerability; and learn to act responsibly, considering the best interests of themselves, other individuals and the group as a whole.

Competence - refers to the development of individual competence in a wide variety of areas (cognitive, physical, musical, social, etc.). Developing competence means learning skills, acquiring knowledge and attaining the ability to apply what is learned.
The Rebecca L. Carver Award is presented to an individual who actively promotes Agency, Belonging and Competence through her/his work in Experiential Education.

Your Southeast 2018-2019 Council and Conference Committee
To contact us, email [email protected] or send us a Facebook message!

  • Council Chair & acting Secretary: Eric Starkweather
  • Conference Convener: Renee Roark
  • Student Workshops & acting Treasurer: Laura Baird
  • Marketing and Communications: Christie Miga
  • State Representatives: Beth Dille (AL), Devin Kearns (NC)
  • Members-at-Large: Daniel Cape, Brad Daniel, Michael Misenheimer, Josh Orphanidys, Tara Tecce, Alex White
  • Workshops: Josh Orphanidys, Daniel Cape, Devin Kearns

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