Buckeye Leadership Workshop Session Offerings
Sessions at Buckeye Leadership Workshop are the key to our success.

You will choose one session for your morning class and attend it each morning for the four days of workshop.  You do the same in the afternoon - one session - go to it each day.  You will receive approximately 8 hours of instruction on the topics that you choose. We ask that you choose a first choice and a second choice in each time slot - just in case a session has already filled.

In addition you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of participant led sessions held between 4pm and 5pm each day - what we call "4 to 5ers".

BLW 2019 Morning Sessions
(scroll down for afternoon sessions):

Dulcimer Making & Playing
Mike Anderson
Cost: $52 Limit: 12

Mountain Dulcimers were created by people who didn’t have a clue what they were doing except they wanted to play and sing. In that spirit, we’ll begin by putting the hardware and strings on the dulcimer. Then we will commence playing. No musical knowledge is required, but you will need to be able to count to 10. You will learn basic tunes and techniques for playing as a sing-a-long instrument. The dulcimer has a high-grade corrugated cardboard body, a solid wood neck, reliable geared tuning pegs, and pre-installed metal frets. They are virtually indestructible under standard circumstances. Bring a small Phillips screwdriver!

Sweat. It. Out!
Jack Herbst & Michael Danhof
Cost: $0  Limit: 20

Do you feel like you don’t have the time to get exercise at BLW? Or perhaps the walking just isn’t quite enough, and you need something more intense. Or maybe your personal workouts are getting stale and you need some new ideas or motivation. If any of these describe you, then this is the class for you! Come ready to sweat, work, push yourself, LEARN, and have fun! We’ll do a variety of workouts, which will include proper warm-up and cool-down exercises, stretches, foam rolling, and more. Bring a good attitude, water bottle, towel, sturdy/your preferred workout shoes, and get ready to Sweat. It. Out!

Social Media, Marketing, Awesomeness
Travis Allison, Camphacker
Cost: $0 limit: 20

Online Communication and Marketing changes FAST. Come discover a new strategy for social networking (and maybe new marketing tools) for your recreation organization. In the end, the essential trick is to be willing to learn and try new things. In this session we will be looking at the best tools to reach your ideal audience and some tips to save you time when communicating online. What works? Relationships - and we're already great at that!

Yarn Crafting
Sami Brossia & Amber Grundy
Cost: $0  Limit: 15

Have you ever wanted to learn to crochet or knit? Learn everything yarn in this yarn-crafting class! This will include basic knitting and crocheting techniques, following a pattern, to simple ways to make pom poms, and so much more! Try fingerknitting, arm knitting, using a KniftyKnitter loom, and learn the traditional crochet and knitting techniques of yarn-craft.

Small Quilting
Edie Dyke
Cost: $0 Limit: 15

This class will concentrate on smaller projects so that all phases of the quilting process can be learned. This will include use of a rotary wheel fabric cutter and cutting mat, piecing and assembling blocks, and the actual quilting process. Some items may be used for home décor or for gifts - but all can be enjoyed!

Recreation Sampler
Barry Jolliff, Christy Leeds, Kate White
Cost: $20 Limit: 15

This class is for leaders who seek a variety of tools and activities to use in different settings and groups. We will explore music through pipe chimes and handbells, foil cooking over the campfire, gourd crafting, nylon hose make and do activities, and indoor games and puzzles. The goal of this session is to give you enough experience and tips to lead and teach the activities shared.

Board Games
Ted Zech
Cost: $0 Limit: 16

In this session you will be playing a multitude of games that will be both competitive and cooperative. The games played during the class will be designed to promote social interaction and some will also help develop group dynamics. All of the games offered will be great fun and hopefully open your eyes to the new world of gaming.

Team Challenge
Tim Borton & Neva Baltzell
Cost: $0 limit: 20

Students will immerse themselves in the Team Challenge adventure. This will include participating in various team challenge initiatives and discussing what their team learned during the activity. Instructors Neva Baltzell and Tim Borton will spend time teaching how to process the experiences with your home groups / audiences. You will learn how to navigate poison peanut butter, cross through the Cube and many more.

5 More Minutes
Jalisa Danhof, Larry Hall, & Emily Orth
cost: $0 limit: 25

A rainstorm has changed your program plans, and you’re stuck inside with a group staring at you with expectant faces. You have limited materials and a can-do attitude. You have 5 More Minutes to fill. What do you do? If you’ve ever been in this situation, you might need this session. Jam packed with games, activities, and resources to fill 5 More Minutes with a group of youth or adults. Come play-your-way through small and large group activities to keep your participants engaged and included.

Helen Kourous-Harrigan & Ariel Blanton
cost: $0 limit: 12

We carry good cameras everywhere we go - but are we really capturing - and saving - moments that matter? I have 20,000 photos - but where is the five generation pic we took at the reunion last year? Bring your smart phone or your DSLR and we'll figure out how to take the best shots for the occasion - whether it's a selfie or a landscape on your dream vacation. We'll also work on curating and storing our zillions of pictures - and talk about the "life cycle" of pictures shared on social media. Finally - a legacy project - we are collecting ANY and all BLW photos from the past 75 years for a retrospective show!


BLW 2019 Afternoon Sessions:

Mike Anderson, The Dulcimer Guy
Cost: $0  Limit: 20

This session will cover a broad spectrum of storytelling concepts including types of stories, use of music and sounds, and targeting stories to different age audiences. The class will include funny, spooky, and educational stories; adapting a story to situations, and creating stories. Presentation will also be a large part of the workshop.

UKULELE 101 (Uke Can Do It!)
Matt Honsberger
Cost:$0 Limit:12

Ukulele 101 is back for another year at BLW! This class is a crash course in all things Ukulele covering the very basics - tuning, chords, melody playing, strumming, finger-picking and singing while playing. We'll also spend some time talking about group music teaching techniques, jamming with other instruments and ultimately work towards a group performance for all of BLW. All skill levels welcome! Beginners will learn the instrument from the ground up and more experienced players are encouraged to join and assist with teaching smaller groups. Don't have a Ukulele - no problem! You show up, we'll put a Ukulele in your hands. Uke Can Do It! (Note that we ask that if you are a previous participant of a Ukulele class at BLW, please refrain from signing up for this class again. You can join us at the nightly jam session!).

Intentionally Intentional - Creating Lasting Impact and Positive Change
Beth Allison, Camphacker
Cost:$0 Limit:30

Drawing from over 30 years of Leadership Training in Summer Camp settings, Beth Allison will share some of her very best techniques and activities to create a strong and vibrant community in which staff and young people will thrive. The class focus will be on developing an engaging and respectful learning environment; re-awakening awe and wonder; designing positive rituals that help us unleash our imaginations and live in the moment; and fostering positive self-esteem. Through discussion, hands-on and individual activities, we’ll experience together how to be incredibly intentional with the growth of our people.

18-Hole Wood Golf Course
Bill Henderson
Cost: $30 Limit: 12

18 – Hole Golf Course... ”no batteries required!” Build your very own, heirloom-quality ‘bumper puck’ portable Golf Course complete with hazards and terrain features and a finished size of 16” X 30” X 2”. Gather your "Foursome" and play a challenging "Front 9" then flip the board over for an even more challenging "Back 9" - rain or shine. A cue and puck replace the ball and club. All tools and supplies furnished. No previous experience necessary.

Karen Saker
Cost: $20 LImit: 12

Baskets, in some form, have been around since humans first walked on earth. You can become the next in a very long line of basket makers when you create 2 to 3 of your own baskets. At least one design will be suitable for teaching to youth audiences. You will use both round and flat reed in your creations Join Karen Saker, long time crafter and basket maker, as you learn this ancient art.

Emotional Intelligences 
Sami & Jenell Brossia
Cost: $0  Limit: 15

Studies show that higher emotional intelligence within a group leads to greater trust, improved cooperation, higher productivity, and more creative solutions. Join this class to uncover your level of emotional intelligence and discuss theories/techniques for how to use that knowledge to improve your group dynamics. Leave this session more socially aware - about yourself and those around you!

Geometric Dancing
Tim Borton
Cost: $0  Limit: 32

Learn a wide variety of dances that work with groups small and large. Easy to learn, fun to attempt, and great exercise. This class will be up and moving most of the time. We will dance in lines, circles, squares and more. The session will include limited opportunities to practice leading dances to the other class participants if there is desire.      

Flying Things     
Helen Kourous-Harrigan, Dave Kalkbrenner, & Emily Orth    
Cost: $0  Limit: 15

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a marshmallow? Things that fly have captured the imagination for ages, and we'll start with some paper airplane designs and progress through hot air balloons, rockets, kites, and boomerangs. Learn the basic principles of flight and buoyancy, and take home some designs and activities you can use as fun learning experiences for your family or home group. This will be a creative class where you also get to test your finished products!

UFO - Unfinished Fabric Objects     
Edie Dyke
Cost: $0  Limit: 15

Too much fabric and not enough time? Most of us have fabric projects that we've started and life took over before we could get them finished. Or maybe we needed more expertise or just someone to encourage us and to "hold our hand." We'll have the time and can share our knowledge as we find success in our finished projects. Bring the supplies and started projects with you and we will go from there.

Exploring Our Wild Outdoors        
John Fark & Phil Goerig   
Cost: $0  Limit: 15

Counselors, teachers, naturalists, parents, & grandparents: become the "Pied Piper" for youth & adults in exploring the natural world through a multitude of experiences that will help youth (& yourself) increase awareness & get excited about understanding & appreciating the mysterious relationships of plants & critters in our Great Wild Outdoors. Learn lots of "hands in" fun activities that will "sensitize your senses" to the textures, molecular vibrations, aromas, shapes, & colors to see the outdoors as never seen before. Learn how to get yourself & others excited about investigating & unraveling the mysteries of the forest, the stream, & the back yard. Bring your water-proof boots, raincoat, & other outdoor wear.