2019 Southeast Regional Conference

What’s the Story? Adding the Next Chapter
YMCA Camp Greenville • Cleveland, SC • February 22-24, 2019

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

Registration Type Early Bird Rates
through December 30
Full -or- Full Plus Member $100
eMember -or- NonMember $125
Student $70
Presenter $80
One Day $70
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
All proposals must be submitted on our website https://form.jotform.com/81821690028153 by Oct. 5.

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].

Workshop Proposal Application
Deadline: October 5, 2018
Download the Call for Proposals

All proposals must be submitted on our website: https://form.jotform.com/81821690028153.

Follow the link and complete the application. We recommend that you complete all necessary information below on a separate document before you begin the on-line application. You can then cut and paste the information into the on-line application. After your proposal is submitted you will not be able to access it to make any changes.

The on-line application will ask you to provide the following information:

  1. About You
    • Contact information (name, address, email, phone number, organization, AEE status, student or professional status)
    • Presenter Information (including biography of no more than 100 words)
  2. About the Workshop
    • a. Title, length (30 minutes - students only, 75 minutes), significance or value of the topic to the field, summary (no more than 100 words), description (no more than 150 words), AV Needs, maximum participants, workshop level, any additional information
    • b. Choose 1-2 relevant strands: Adventure-Based Programming, AEE leadership development, Art and Science of Teaching, Schools and Colleges, Experience-Based Training and Development, Environmental Education/Nature Study, Facilitation/Processing, Mind/Body/Spirit, Program Administration, Research and Evaluation, Social Justice and Ethics, Therapeutic Adventure/Adventure Therapy
About the Review Process
Your proposal will be reviewed and the host workshop committee will make the final decision on accepted workshops based on reviewer feedback, as well as the number of proposals received. We will contact you by January 25 regarding your proposal.

The review panel will use the framework listed below to score each proposal.


CRITERIA 1 - Significance and value of topic and content to the conference thematic strand, the field of experiential education, and to the intended audience (30%)
Is the proposal topic relevant/timely/critical/of interest for the designated strand and/or AEE conference participants in general? Does the workshop integrate theoretical foundations and innovations?

CRITERIA 2 - Skills and purpose clearly developed (20%)
Are the ideas fully and thoughtfully developed? Are tangible skills/outcomes for participants identified?

CRITERIA 3 - Workshop design/format (30%)
It is recommended that workshops incorporate experiential components. We realize this factor may not be appropriate for some presentations, such as sharing the results of your research, however, experiential learning is the cornerstone of AEE, and it affects the learner’s cognitive structures, attitudes and values, perceptions and behavioral patterns. Experiential learning conceives of the learner as an active participant in creating personal knowledge. It is interactive and encourages learners to discover knowledge rather than be informed. Experiential learning is best received within a supportive, accepting and caring social environment that embraces several different learning modalities in order to effectively reach people with different learning styles.

CRITERIA 4 - Qualifications/expertise (10%)
Does the proposer have the necessary expertise and/or qualifications to present the proposed workshop?

CRITERIA 5 - Other factors (10%)
Does the proposed workshop fill an anticipated gap? Do reviewers think the workshop should be offered? How does the workshop fit into the theme? It is our hope that we will work in partnership with you to ensure an excellent experience for you and your workshop participants.

If your workshop is accepted, YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US...

  • Prompt confirmation of your workshop’s acceptance; notification date is January 25, 2019
  • Timely responses to communication from you.
  • Regular updates on registration, conference program and schedule changes, deadlines and other issues that may affect your presentation.
  • Publication of the workshop abstract, presenter bio(s) and contact information in the conference program.
  • Support and guidance if requested.
  • A well-managed on-site experience to create an environment that enables you to provide a high quality learning experience.
  • Evaluation and feedback from workshop participants.
  • An opportunity to provide feedback to us on the process.
  • Please do not submit a proposal unless you will be able to present during any of the conference dates or times.
  • Workshops can be Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, or Sunday morning
  • Respond promptly to communications from the workshop committee.
  • Indicate if you intend to use your own audio-visual equipment during your experiential workshop so that we can be sure the room is properly equipped.
  • Prepare and copy sufficient handouts and materials for the maximum number of participants (as designated on your proposal application).
  • Register for the conference by the regular registration deadline (Friday, Feb. 1, 2019) at http://www.aee.org/southeast.
  • Present the workshop that has been approved by the workshop committee.

Submit your proposal now!

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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