Balfour's YEARBOOK YOUNIVERSITY 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 collaborating and integrating your ideas into a well-designed framework for a publication that will be remembered and treasured for a lifetime.


AUGUST 27-29







Early Registration (through July 30)

$350 per overnight student/adviser camper

$425 per adviser requesting a single room

$275 per middle school, day camp student/adviser

Registration After July 30

$375 per overnight student/adviser camper

$450 per adviser requesting a single room

$300 per middle school, day camp student/adviser

*Advisers bringing five or more students will not be charged an adviser tuition fee! 

Tuition includes overnight lodging (for high school campers), all meals but one, registration fee, over 40 sessions to choose from, a coaching session, an artist session, supplies, prizes and more! Lunch and dinner are the only meals provided for middle school, day camp campers. Lunch on Sunday, August 29 will be on your own on the Plaza.

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

Full refunds will be available through June 25. 

50% refunds will be available from June 26 through July 31. 

Refunds are not available after August 1.

Payment in full is required before students are checked-in for camp unless arrangements have been previously arranged with the camp director.



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 Marriott 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 August 13 in order to receive a refund. If the entire event is not cancelled, any school cancelling after August 13 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, August 27. 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. On Saturday, August 28 camp will start at 7:30 a.m. for our overnight, high school campers and the middle school campers will arrive 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. On Sunday, August 29 camp will start at 7:30 a.m. for our overnight, high school campers and the middle school campers will arrive at 9:00 a.m. The closing awards ceremony will be over by 4:00 p.m



Sue Blackmon, MJE, has advised publications and taught journalism for 40 years, the last 31 at Klein Forest High School in Klein ISD, a suburb of Houston, Texas. Her students’ publications consistently receive high marks and their yearbooks have been featured in Balfour’s Yearbook Yearbook numerous times. Blackmon believes in empowering students so they take ownership in their publications. She judges publications for NSPA, ILPC, and several state organizations. Blackmon has also been a contest moderator and judge for write‐off competitions at JEA/NSPA and TAJE. She has written contests for TAJE and served as their clip‐contest co‐coordinator and is a Radio and Television News Directors Foundation Teacher Ambassador. Blackmon received the Edith Fox King Award from ILPC and was named Sam Houston State University’s 2006 Secondary Teacher of the Year. She is also the Klein Forest High School and Klein ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2012. She has led the new advisers’ session for the Houston Office workshop several times. Working with new advisers and working with large schools that have small books is her specialty!

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, 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. 


Schools are required to send an adviser or chaperone with the staff to camp. 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 July 30. 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


Allison Schroeder



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