It’s been tough at times, and spending time with colleagues at Camp Joy really provided me with an opportunity to open up, talk, and listen to others as they offered advice and encouragement. And in many cases, I was able to return the gift. I totally get why you take us into the woods. If you think about it, when was the last time you camped, in a cabin, with a group of giggly people sleeping in bunk beds, playing? For most people, it was when we were children. And Camp Joy re-creates that child-like atmosphere – the atmosphere where we as humans are most receptive to learning. I thought that was brilliant. So, I returned to work Monday re-energized and ready to be the best leader I can be for my team here at KTNV. I’m not tired anymore, at least not right now.
Traci Wilson, Assistant News Director, KNTV
Camp Joy helped me face a lot of fears, whether they be physically challenging or mentally. It helped me to step out of my comfort zone and be braver than I ever knew I could be. It helped me realize being a leader is exactly what I want to do, it’s what I was born to do, and I was and still am striving to help people push through their own fears and reach those goals that at one time may have felt unreachable. It was an invaluable experience.
Faith, Social Media Specialist, WEWS NewsChannel5
Few people know that Camp Joy has been the venue for The Leadership Challenge Workshop for thirty years. Acclaimed around the world as one of the very best leadership development programs, The Leadership Challenge was designed to include the kind of purposeful and impactful experiential learning activities at which Joy excels. Jim Kouzes, co-author of the award winning best-seller, The Leadership Challenge, was twice on campus in 1987 to co-facilitate the first sessions. There is no other place on the planet that offers this program, the way Joy does. It has been a pleasure partnering with Camp Joy for three decades to bring this powerful leadership message to thousands of people from around the world.
Steve, Leadership Challenge Program
Camp Joy introduced me to the importance of engagement with nature and fellow human beings. Joy helped me figure out what kind of things, both inside and outside of the workplace, nurtured me. I learned what I love doing: helping others, and interacting with peers and colleagues in a learning environment. That was huge for me and has enabled me to work in roles I love that allow me to sleep at night. That means a lot!
Our first priority is always the safety of our program participants and staff; our response to COVID-19 is aligned to the guidance of Ohio Governor DeWine, the Warren County Health District, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this time, Camp Joy is scheduling in-person programming, virtual programming, and summer camp 2021.