Balfour's YBKC High School Summer Camp is structured to get your publication off to a fast start. We discuss every aspect of publication creation and provide your staff with time to put your plan into action. Our highly-trained speakers and staff are there every step of the way to brainstorm, facilitate, and encourage you on your journey to conceiving, collaborating, and integrating your ideas into a well-designed framework for a publication that will be remembered and treasured for a lifetime.








Early Registration (through August 14)

$500 per overnight student/adviser camper

$600 per adviser requesting a single room

$275 per middle school, day camp student/adviser

Registration After August 14

$575 per overnight student/adviser camper

$675 per adviser requesting a single room

$325 per middle school, day camp student/adviser

*Advisers bringing five or more students will not be charged a tuition fee! (Advisers requesting a single room will pay difference between single and double room)

Tuition includes overnight lodging (for high school campers), all meals but one (lunch and dinner only for middle school, day camp campers and lunch on Sunday, September 20 will be on your own on the Plaza), registration fee, supplies, prizes and more!

For students that may require a refund after registration and payment due to scheduling conflicts, please know:

Full refunds will be available through August 14. 

50% refunds will be available from August 15 through September 4. 

Refunds are not available after September 4.


At this time, we are encouraging advisers, students and parents to assume that schools will be allowing field trips this fall whether or not they are day trips or overnight trips. Assuming this, we understand, is difficult due to all of the uncertainties. However, you can be certain that Balfour Midwest and the Mariott Country Club Plaza hotel are going to follow all CDC guidelines and recommendations and will be practicing safety at this event.

In order for us to move forward planning this event, we have to know that there is interest as long as it is safe. If you are comfortable sending/bringing your students to camp knowing that we will make any and all accommodations that need to be made in order to be safe, we ask you to register even before receiving approval from your district or your administrators. You can be confident in knowing that if this event has to be cancelled because of COVID-related reasons or because an administrator or district does not approve or cancels the approval due to COVID-related reasons, you will not be held responsible for any payment and you will be refunded if any payment has been made. 

***Please note, all cancelations made outside of an entire event cancellation, must be made by September 4 in order to receive a refund. If the entire event is not cancelled, any school cancelling after September 4 will not receive a refund. Also, individual students, if canceling for any reason including COVID-related reasons, will be held to the cancellation dates listed above in the Tuition section. You are only eligible for a full refund outside of those dates if an entire school cancels for COVID-related reasons.***


Camp will start with registration at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18. Our middle school campers should plan on attending that first day from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., just after dinner. High school campers will work into the night with room checks at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19 starts at 7:30 a.m. for our overnight, high school campers with the middle school campers arriving at 9:00 a.m. That day will end at 7:30 p.m. for middle school students while the high school campers work into the night with room checks at 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20 will start at 7:30 a.m. for our high school, overnight campers with the middle school campers arriving at 9:00 a.m. ​The closing awards ceremony will be over by 4:00 p.m.


Schools are required to send an adviser or chaperone with the staff to camp, unless arrangements have been made with a Balfour Representative. This adult will be responsible for the students attending. 



Click HERE to check out our amazing venue and beautiful rooms this year! 

Students will stay in double queen rooms in groups of at least four. There are few rooms that could fit a fifth student in a sofa bed. Students will assigned by gender and by school. It will be at the discretion of the camp directors on how students are given room assignments. Schools will be placed based on the order that registrations are completed. Students will be expected to share a room with other campers. Advisers and chaperones will be paired up, two to a double queen room. If there is an adviser you would like to room with, please make a note of that on your registration form. If you would prefer a single room, you can choose to pay the single room tuition fee. 



To see a list of classes and a camp schedule,

please visit the Classes and Schedules link here. 



Registration is not complete until all forms are received. There is a $75 late fee per registrant for registrations received after August 14. Space is limited. This experience is expected to reach full capacity.


Click here to register. (Each student and adviser needs to register)

Click here to find payment information. 



Each student will need to turn in a medical release form at check-in on the day of camp. Advisers can download and pass out forms beforehand and submit all together at check-in or they can make it the responsibility of each camper. Campers will not be allowed to participate without a medical release form on file. 

Medical release forms can be downloaded here



Each adviser, chaperone and camper will receive a detailed camp packet via email one week before camp. The packet will include check-in information, schedules, packing lists, maps and directions, and other tips to get the most out of your time at camp. 


Whitney Baker



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Annie Green loves passionate people and she has a special place in her heart for those who are energized by strong graphic design and quality journalism. She’s been advising publications for 24 years in the greater Seattle area. She currently advises both online newspaper and yearbook at Glacier Peak High School. Her students have won Pacemaker awards, placed in the Best of Show at National Scholastic Press Association conventions as well as won Emerald Awards from Washington State. Green is a Master Journalism Educator and a National Board Certified Teacher. She loves helping advisers and students create publications that exceed their expectations. Green is also a pottery aficionado who enjoys art, visits to the ocean and the movies. 

Katie Moreno (CJE) is a natural teacher, an accredited journalism professional, and now a freelance graphic communications expert. After spending five years building an award-winning high school journalism program, she became a creative consultant in the Greater Houston area. She runs TheOrganizedAdviser.com, a resource-sharing website for scholastic journalism advisers, and consults with her peers in the industry to grow the knowledge and access to that knowledge for others. Katie holds a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media from the College of Technology at the University of Houston.  In her free time, she enjoys drinking too much iced coffee, hosting hand lettering workshops, photographing the entire world around her, and adventuring with her husband and high school sweetheart, Daniel.


Jason Berryman, art department chair at Topeka West High School Topeka, Kansas.  Jason graduated from Washburn University, Bachelor's of Fine Arts with an art education certificate.  Has worked at Topeka West for 23 years mainly teaching film and digital photography.  In his 23 years multiple students have won local, state, and national art awards.  Just last year, two of Mr. Berryman's advanced photography students received a Silver Medal Award and a Gold Medal Award at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Another student won the Kansas Congressional Art Awards and their work will hang in the national capital for a year.

Juan Valdez is coming back as our graphic artist! Juan graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas in the summer of 2005. Following graduation, he started working for Balfour Publishing as a cover artist. He has more than 10 years experience working with schools at the Dallas plant. When working with schools, he enjoys bringing their yearbook cover ideas to life.

After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Stephen Williams spent seven years as an art director/creative director in Dallas, Texas. There, he worked on ad campaigns for clients such as Chili’s Bar & Grill, On The Border, Macaroni Grill, FedEx, Compaq, Justin Boots, Pro-Cuts and Dairy Queen. Stephen didn’t know one could make a living designing yearbook covers until he tried in 2003. Since then, he’s traveled America helping yearbook staffers make the coolest covers they can conceive. 

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