Everything you need to know

Will there be a Make.Do.Camp. 2018?

Short answer: We don’t know yet. We’re in the process of figuring out if we can produce this in a way that makes sense financially and still provide space an opportunity for those who can’t afford a hefty registration fee. Stay tuned. We want it to be a thing in the world, but we’re just trying to figure out how!

How do I know if this event is for me?

Camp is for everyone. That’s why we chose this setting! Social stratification is reduced because we’re all in this together – eating together, sleeping in cabins together, challenging ourselves together. We are making our workshops broad and high-level enough that there is something for everyone. We want people from various backgrounds because that helps build empathy between communities. No matter what your work is or what your background is, Make.Do.Camp. welcomes you. Extroverts/introverts, therapist/biologist, artist/engineer, consultant/practitioner, manager/entry-level worker, teacher/student. Whatever you do, please feel welcome to come to Make.Do.Camp.

Where is it held?

The setting is Big Cove YMCA in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. It’s the oldest overnight camp in Canada. The sun sets over the water and the bay is as warm as it is in North Carolina. The cabins are rustic open-concept style with bunk beds. The meals will be family-style at giant tables in the main hall.

What is there to do?

Broad, high-level sessions created by expert speakers and the conference team at Brave Space about how we work, staying ahead of the curve, collaboration and putting ideas into practice.

The goal is to talk about how we do what we do, why we do it and how we make change so that we may learn from one another in a way that we cannot learn from those in our own field of work or study.

Physical activities include: Yoga classes, meditation, swimming, boating, hiking, archery, high ropes and zip line

There will be campfires, socials and dancing!

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We provide bus transportation from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Big Cove YMCA camp. Transportation cost is built into the price of admission and it is part of our team-building efforts at the Make.Do.Camp.!
If you must drive yourself, there is very limited parking provided at camp. A 10% refund will be offered to those who cannot take the bus.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

You may bring your cell phones, but we will ask everyone to turn them over at the beginning of camp so that you may completely immerse yourself in nature and the camp experience. Land lines will be provided to you and your loved ones in case of emergency.

Alcohol and recreational drugs are not permitted on YMCA camp grounds. We’ve decided to embrace that as a good thing! If you feel like you can’t go four days sober, maybe Make.Do.Camp. isn’t for you – or maybe you can challenge yourself! We are most certainly not against imbibing on occasion, but we do believe it’s nice to take a break every once in awhile.

Computers are okay for your personal use if you must, but we encourage bringing notebooks for note-taking during the event and we strongly encourage leaving all technology at home.

We will provide a full list of what to bring to all registrants.

Can I come for part of the time?

Unfortunately, no. We’ve crafted the four days so that there is a beginning, middle and end that will have a lasting effect on you and your work. If you cannot commit to the four days this time, we hope you can make time next year!

Can this count as professional development?

Yes! We’ve had several people come with the support of their workplace. We are happy to provide a letter to you to customize and give to your employer.

What do I need to bring?

  • relaxed clothing with LOTS of warm layers – it gets cold at night!
  • pyjamas (shared sleeping space in the cabins!)
  • bathing suit
  • awesome dancing outfit for the last night (wear what makes you feel great)
  • blank shirt (or other article of clothing) to screen-print your own Make.Do.Camp. swag!
  • towel
  • pillow
  • warm sleeping bag (preferred, or bedding for single mattress)
  • extra blanket
  • rain gear
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • sneakers/hiking boots
  • beach/shower shoes
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • toiletries, including shampoo/soap/toothbrush/toothpaste
  • flashlight
  • battery-operated watch or clock
  • journal/pen
  • travel water bottle
  • travel mug
  • prescription medication/health card
I slept in a bunk bed in a cabin with 7 other people who were strangers at first and hugged by the end. I ate meals family-style at a huge table, I swam in the ocean at night with phosphorescence that looked like a million tiny glow sticks, I stared at the stars in the wide-open night sky, I sauna-ed in the forest, I walked in the woods, I fiercely tackled the Giant's Ladder high ropes, I zip-lined, I climbed a tree, I was creative in the craft house... My soul was touched in both big ways and small.