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July 10-14, 2017

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Take Back a Plan and the Tools to Support Your Work

Education for Sustainability Systems Thinking Organizational Learning Youth Leadership

Come to Camp Snowball to gain the tools you need to significantly impact student success and help all students develop the skills and capacities they need to succeed and lead in the 21st century.

Program Overview

To thrive in our changing world, students need to think in systems and take action for a healthy future. Using systems thinking as a foundation through the week, Camp Snowball — a summer professional development program that brings together school and district-wide teams of educators, youth, parents, business and community leaders — increases everyone’s capacity for learning and leading.

At Camp Snowball, educators learn and practice the skills to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving, administrators develop the capacity to create school cultures where teachers are trusted innovators, students develop critical thinking and communication skills so they can take action for a sustainable future, and community partners become contributors to the health of the larger system using the tools of systems thinking, Education for Sustainability, and organizational learning.

During this highly interactive program, educators, administrators and students work together in small and large workshops, at hands-on activities and on group “learning journeys” to nearby destinations. Team time and personal time for reflection are important parts of the week’s schedule.

Camp Snowball focuses on empowering educators and their students to think deeply and critically, manage complexity, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and achieve academically. Teams work together during Camp Snowball to plan how they will use what they’ve learned back in their communities.

A parallel camp for students entering grades K-6, called Camp Sunshine, is run at the Crystal Springs Minerals Hotel for young relatives of Camp Snowball participants and local Crystal Springs children. This program enables Camp Snowball participants to have the opportunity to see systems thinking in action with younger children by visiting and participating in the Camp Sunshine activities. Scroll down to learn more about Camp Sunshine.

We invite you to join with colleagues from around the country to learn from and with esteemed faculty with many years of practical school and classroom experience. Work with your team, your peers, and with leading thinkers like  Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.


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Who Attends Camp Snowball

Individuals, school- and district-wide teams of all sizes are welcome. There are special discounts for teams of 8 or more. We encourage communities and school systems to put together diverse teams of 2-100 that include:

  • K-12 Teachers
  • District Administrators at all levels
  • School Administrators at all levels
  • Students
  • Parents
  • School Board Members
  • Community Members
  • Business and Government Leaders
  • Staff and Volunteers from Youth-Service Organizations

The Strength of Teams

Teams build critical mass and local capacity by  substantially increasing the impact of participation. They improve the likelihood that new approaches will be adopted on a wider basis by the home district or school.

Engaging community organizations and businesses both in underwriting a district’s Camp Snowball participation and also by attending, increases the success of implementing new systemic and classroom approaches developed at Camp Snowball. This kind of on-the-ground support creates additional commitment to this work for the future.


Your registration fee includes all scheduled activities, materials, and the following meals:

  • Opening dinner on Monday 10th
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for Tuesday-Thursday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Wednesday
  • Breakfast on Friday

Traveling Companions
Would you like to bring other family members with you? Please email us at for details.

Funding & Support Opportunities
Want to come to Camp Snowball, but funds are tight? We encourage you to explore local resources that might support your participation. Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, service clubs and organizations may help. We’ve also compiled a funding-possibilities-2017 that we’re aware of. Take a look and see if there’s something you can apply for. Please note–many of the application dates are early in the year–so don’t delay. If you have other suggestions that we should add to this list, please email us at

If you wish to apply for a partial scholarship, please complete the scholarship application here. These are intended for individual participants. We will do our best to support teams’ efforts in raising funds for participation.

Purchase Orders
Purchase orders for registration fees should be made out to Academy for Systems Change, PO Box 1012, Norwich VT,05055. Please EMAIL Purchase Order to

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Those paying by credit card will receive an instant confirmation once the charge is approved. Those paying by purchase order will receive final confirmation pending our receipt of payment within one month of your online registration. If we do not receive payment by then, you will have to re-register. You will receive a detailed confirmation in late June.

Cancellation and Substitutions
All cancellations must be sent via email to The amount paid less a $100 cancellation charge will be refunded as long as notice is received by June 15. After June 15, there is no refund but you may send a substitute in your place.

Terms and Conditions
Speakers are subject to change without notice.

Camp Snowball 2017 Location & Hotel Accommodation Information

New York, New Jersey area here we come!!  This summer, Camp Snowball will take place in Vernon, New Jersey at the Crystal Springs, Minerals Hotel.

Crystal Springs, Mineral Hotel

1 Stonehill Dr, Vernon, NJ 07462

Reserve Your Room Early to take advantage of Special Room Rates.

  • Single Occupancy  $130.00 plus taxes
  • Double Occupancy  $130.00 plus taxes
  • Triple Occupancy  $130.00 plus taxes
  • Quadruple Occupancy  $130.00 plus taxes
    • additionally there is a $2.00 per day per guest housekeeping attendant fee.

These rates will be available as long as there are rooms left in the block or up until June 16, 2017.

Make your reservations by calling the hotel at 855-977-6473 and identifying yourself as a Camp Snowball attendee.  The hotel will take both credit cards and purchase orders.

Camp Sunshine – for Kids Entering Grades K-6

Camp Sunshine campers swim in the Mineral Hotel pool, have fun and make new friends as they learn and practice the basic skills of systems thinking through play and experimentation. Children and relatives of Camp Snowball participants are invited to attend, along with local kids from the Crystal Springs area. Camp Sunshine runs parallel to the Camp Snowball program in time and location.

Register Now for Camp Sunshine

Questions? Please Contact Us

Feel free to contact us for more information or to discuss your specific situation.

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"Camp Snowball brought our team closer. Because of the new skills they gained, they are starting to see and think about their work differently -- how does it fit with what others in the district are doing. These tools can be used by everyone, and we need everyone involved." - Steve Martinez Superintendent Twin Rivers USD, CA
"Camp Snowball gives you the tools you can use in the classroom, at your meetings with principals, at the district level, and with the governing board. Looking at all the changes as a system helps you see their interconnectedness, so that you can find ways and tools to manage change." - Parvin Ahmadi Superintendent Castro Valley USD, CA

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