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:

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..

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.

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 getting 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!!!

Yeartech Online Complete - This class will teach you all about using Yeartech Online to build your book. It will be an in depth training on the ins and outs of the software. You’ll leave as an expert in the program so you can go back and help teach others on your staff . Master all the tips and tricks and tools of the software. 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)



For Advisers

New Adviser 101 - A full 12 hours of instruction for first - time advisers. New advisers get lots of 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.

Adviser Training 301 - A full 12 hours of instruction for returning advisers. Now that you have survived the first year (or maybe the 10th year), this class will give you great ideas on classroom management, grading, making your deadlines, keeping your staff working all year and fun, cool ideas to help make your book even better. Get inspired (or re-inspired) with loads of tips and best practices for your classroom


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.)


How To Build Your Yearbook Brand And Culture–Get the word out about how amazing your yearbook program is. Learn from one of the best in the nation, Ava Butzu about how she got not only her school, but her ENTIRE community to get behind her Yearbook Program!

Yeartech Online Overview - This class is a quick introduction into 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.)

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.

Social Media 101 - There is more to a social media presence than just telling people to “Buy your book.” A great Social Media program helps to BUILD YOUR BRAND. Learn how to let folks know what you are up to, and how to brag in a great way about your book and your team. Come and learn how to maximize your exposure.

Monarch 101 - If you use our Monarch InDesign program to work on your yearbook, send a few to this class. We’ll show you some of the great features and hidden gems when it comes to working in InDesign Team building - Come and find great ways for your staff to get close and stay close throughout the tough deadline schedules you have.


Artist Session- 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.