How to Navigate CAMP 2019 in Williamsburg, Va

Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2019 at the Williamsburg Lodge will be a weekend of learning and building new connections. We wrote this guide to navigating the conference for first-time and long-time CAMPers alike.

While we are serious about our training and networking, we are relaxed in our approach. Whether it is jeans and tees or loose-fitting pants and casual dresses, pack whatever makes you feel the most comfortable.

Bring a sweater, light jacket or shawl in case the temperatures are cool for early morning or evening walks or in the meeting rooms, and an umbrella for possible rain showers.

We have quite a few new members and new CAMPers this year. You’ll see women with red borders on their badges to signify that they are new to JAWS and CAMP. Please make them feel welcome!

Also review the JAWS Code of Conduct supporting a friendly and inclusive environment.

There will be Jazzercise in the mornings, so don’t forget your exercise clothes.

Bring your laptop, tablet or mobile device and appropriate chargers to capture the sessions. You will need them especially for the deep-dive trainings on Friday – Solutions Journalism, Google News and Facebook for Journalists – and for the hands-on workshops on data journalism, FOIA and online safety on Saturday.

You may need an extra bag for all the auction items you’ll bid and win on and the extra books you’ll want to buy at our Books & Browse and at the hotel book store. We have a stellar line-up of titles and authors for your enjoyment. Don’t miss our Lightning Readings session with authors onsite on Saturday evening. We ask that you pay for your purchases at the event. Cash, credit or checks will be accepted for purchases.

Unlike most conferences, we provide full meals throughout the weekend. Enjoy dinner with new and old friends on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner on Sunday. A cash bar will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings.

There will be CAMP 101 + Connections mixer on Friday before dinner for everyone whether you’ve been to a dozen camps or this is your first one. Come mingle with the board, fellows, founders, members and guests. At Friday’s dinner, during CAMP introductions, we will ask everyone to say their name, where they’re from and the word they’re thinking about going into the weekend. At Saturday’s dinner, we will have our keynote by Susan Smith Richardson after a presentation by the Legacy Committee.

Saturday will be a full day of learning, building and connecting. Hydrate, learn, teach, snack, commune, eat, breathe, stretch, laugh, share, absorb, bond, celebrate and be present. Rinse and repeat on Sunday. The conference is designed for an easy flow from room to room for sessions and meal functions. We also left some time for you to explore Williamsburg, go hiking, shopping, wine-tasting, or to the spa on Sunday before dinner in the evening.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk with a JAWS board member, staff or diversity consultant while on site.