Yearbook Tracks

When you register, each camper chooses one of the different tracks below where they get in-depth instruction in the specific area. Here are the awesome choices available for each camper:

NEW!!! Yearbook EXTREME

You asked and we listened. If you are looking for a rigorous designing and planning experience to take your book to the next level, this is for your staff.  You will work non stop on your theme and concept. Each school can only have up to 8 in this track. There is an additional charge of $300 per SCHOOL.

Leadership - There is more to yearbook than just photographs and layouts! Nothing helps a yearbook staff be more successful than great leadership. Once you have completed leadership you will know how to edit proofs accurately and easily, prevent and deal with conflict, build staff morale and teamwork, form systems of communication and expectations, learn how to delegate effectively, and establish a solid working relationship with your adviser. You will be able to create the best environment to make the production of the yearbook as smooth and successful as possible.

Layout and Design - Using examples from today's hottest magazines and yearbooks, students will learn what's in and how to get more trendy designs into their books. This is a very hands-on, cutting-edge, 'think outside the box' approach to get ting more into and out of every double page spread. This is a great class to take if you are tired of pre-designed layouts and you want to take your designs from OK to WOW!!!

New Adviser - A full 12 hours of instruction for first-time advisers. New advisers get more training and tools to make them more prepared during that tough first year. It includes an introduction to desktop publishing, classroom management techniques, deadline planning, and things to expect as a first year adviser! Many 2nd year advisers take this track.

Marketing Your Book - Hope is NOT a strategy. Every staff MUST have a team dedicated to the marketing of your book. This is not just about sit ting at a table at lunch, hoping kids will bring you money. Each participant will leave with a written, month by month plan of how they are going to reach more students and let them know about the great book you are creating! Participants will leave with tons of marketing ideas. From social networking, to creating giant wall sized posters, this class is designed to help you sell more books.

Copy Writing - Students will learn the latest trends in copy writing and the techniques required to make the stories in their yearbook matter to today's teens. We'll also practice interviewing techniques and learn to develop a plan for each section of the yearbook.

Photoshop- This is the class for schools who want to do more than just take pictures. We'll teach you how to cob, brighten photos, apply cool filters and a lot more. We will show you how to integrate Photoshop and other cool tricks into your book whether you are using InDesign or YTO . (Maximum of 2 students per school and each school must bring 1 laptop and mouse)

Photography -Campers bring their own digital cameras and practice taking better candid and action photographs. Students learn how to take great group shots and how to plan for better pictures. It's time to get the most out of the cameras you have. This is a must-take class for photo editors and staff photographers. Don't forget to bring plenty of extra batteries.

Chronological Yearbooks - If you have ever wanted to try doing a chronological yearbook, this is the place to start. Learn the tricks and tips of how to place coverage in your book in a logical manner and then how to divide the workload so you can make your deadlines. It's a totally different world when you do a chronological book.



When you are at camp, you also get to choose what you would like to learn more about. These electives occur twice during camp. We suggest you try to attend a different one each time. (You do not need to sign up for these in advance.)

Theme Creatives- These are special 50-minute brainstorming sessions with our Creative Gurus for you and your staff to help you get more complete theme development. You will spend the time creating carefully crafted ideas to help carry through the theme of your book. When you are done, you will have your cover theme carried throughout your book on division pages, folios, and quick reads. We have a very limited number of appointments available so you must reserve quickly. You MUST have ideas for your theme, cover and ladder ready.
Additional $50 charge per school.
In order to participate in a Theme Creative, students must have the following with them at Camp Yearbook:

 • A Theme idea or collection of ideas
• Examples of cool things you’ve seen that you might like in your yearbook.

( Magazine pages, Pinterest Pins, etc.)

Yearbook for Middle School - (2 part elective)- There are MAJOR differences in doing a high school yearbook and a middle school yearbook. This 2 part elective will cover what standards a middle school book must achieve, and share several examples of books so your staff feels like it knows what you expect. We will cover how to get the photos you need, single page layout design, what coverage you should have, and why every page DOES NOT need a background.

Basics of Digital Photography - This elective will explain how to set your digital cameras so you can get the best photos out of them. Learn how to set up for sports, inside gyms, and all about resolution. Then we'll explain how to get those picture onto your layout using Jostens Picture Placer and how to get the pictures onto Yearbook Avenue.

Google Docs for Yearbook - There has to be an easier way to keep track of stories and interviews. There is!! If you haven't considered using Google Docs in your Yearbook Program, you are in for a treat in this 2 hour track. Full of tips and tricks and philosophies, even the most experienced advisers should consider attending this track.

NEW!   Great Coverage Ideas - Are you looking for more fresh, new ways to cover things in your book? This is for you! You'll see lots of great a ideas that you can add to your book.

Aurasma–Bringing your book to life- Make the most of the augmented reality trend. We'll teach you how to set up an account and create effects that your readers can use to bring your yearbook to life with their phones.

YearTech Online - This is the class for schools who are creating a book online. This next year, the YTO interface is going to be getting some awesome upgrades and we want you to be able to make the most of them. We'll teach you how to make the most of this program. From designing pages, to uploading pictures. Your staff will be able to work live on the web and actually practice creating pages. (Maximum of 3 students per school. Sign up early!)

Artist Session- Each school will have a 45 minute staff appointment with our AMAZING plant artists designed to give each staff the opportunity to plan the upcoming cover design. Be prepared! Bring all preliminary ideas and sketches to this session. No charge to schools for this.* NOTE: Staffs will be assigned artist sessions prior to registration. At registration, see school packet for dates and times.