PhysicsMan--you've described exactly what I was suggesting elsewhere as a format for the camp. If it is to be an actual "camp," and actual event with a personality of its own, it cannot be simply a bunch instructors and a bunch of groups just out on their own, each with entirely its own agenda. That could be a good thing too, but it would not be a "camp."
Some sort of loose format, with a loose agenda such that everyone had an idea of what to expect before signing up, would make sense to me. While each participant and each group would have a unique experience, there should also be some shared common ground that ties the group together, that becomes the "signature" of the Barking Bears Camp, and that becomes a reason for it to grow in the future!
So some work on basic fundamentals, which then diverges into the varying special interests of each group, would make sense to me. I would suggest that for the first day, at least, each group works on essentially the same things, at the same resort, tailored to their level and formatted by the individual group and their instructor. Then as the days progress, the agenda could become less and less specified, as the groups pursue their diverse interests, and perhaps explore other resorts.
Finally, regarding Graydogg's concerns in the other thread (he's the Snowbird instructor referred to above), I didn't think he was so far out of line. Yes, obviously he could have presented himself a little better, but he is right to be concerned about "under the table" lessons--which, as I pointed out to him, has never been our intention here.
I'm on record saying that I think one of the biggest PROBLEMS in ski instruction today is these exclusive, anti-competitive rights that resorts have to conduct lessons. But that IS the case, at present, and any instructor who tries to teach "under the table" should EXPECT a severe backlash from those instructors playing it by the book. While I would love to see the laws change (think it would benefit students, instructors, and even the resorts that would fight it), woe be to anyone I catch teaching under the table at MY resort--as several have discovered. I sympathize with Graydogg's concerns, if not with his expression of them.
That said, a) I am not above a little underground teaching myself. Perhaps it's hypocritical, but I understand the risks, and I don't mind making a statement, especially if it were to help precipitate a change! And b) I do not think Graydogg is correct that Snowbird can restrict FREE "clinics." My idea of our Bears Camp is that the 3-4 days of professional instruction will take place at a resort that welcomes us. Then the general Bears Rendezvous takes over, where we all just ski and play together. This is just a group of friends skiing together. I'm sure that any instructors who are still there for the Rendezvous will be happy to continue to throw out ideas wherever appropriate. But no law that I'm aware of says that instructors can't ski with others EVER!