Kindred and Other Events: 2014 National Conference



ACN's Camp Nurse Symposium - ACN's Annual Meeting
Hilton Orlando
February 4-6, 2014
Begins 8:00 am on Tuesday, the 4th

The Association of Camp Nurses’ (ACN) Symposium provides cutting edge sessions that explore camp health and nursing practice.  Network with other camp nurses; meet camp nurse leaders, shop at the Camp Nurse Store, and leave with an expanded knowledge base. Application for contact hours has been submitted; approval pending.   

Registration Fee:
$275.00 per person for ACN members
$375.00 per person for Non ACN members

Register through ACN.

For more information, contact Linda Erceg,,  218-586-2633, 218-586-8770 fax, or visit

Boy Scouts of America Kindred Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Hilton Orlando

The BSA Kindred meeting is a gathering of anyone interested in updates about the Boy Scouts of America’s outdoor programs. Agenda includes: 1) BSA National Camp Accreditation Program, 2) latest and future launch of outdoor merit badges and programs, 3) special programs related to outdoor issues, 4) youth protection in camp training, 5) ScoutStrong initiative in the field of physical fitness and nutrition, 6) update on revision of Boy Scout Fieldbook, and 7) share information about partnerships to broaden collaboration in the outdoor industry.

To register, or for more information, contact Keith Christopher, at or 972-580-7810.

Camp Owners and Directors Association (CODA)
February 3-5, 2014
Monday, 7:00 pm - Wednesday, 12:00 pm
Hilton Orlando

More details to come.

Registration Fee: $300/person
If attending the CODA event only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact Robert Lebby,, or 936-594-2541, fax 936-594-8143,  


EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) Pre-Conference
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Orlando

The Ultimate Betterment Project: 50 Ways to Improve Your Camp Right Now
EPIC participants, get ready for a fast-paced, fun session with Scott Arizala and Steve Maguire as they take you through their best camp improvement strategies.  Practical techniques and tips that will improve your camp operations, management, and facilitation right away.  Leaving no stone unturned, they will cover topics as varied as staff meetings, time management, managing facilities, training, and camper behavior.  This session will be packed and guaranteed to leave you feeling motivated and energized to get down to business at your camp.

Registration Fee: $50 ACA members, $60 nonmembers
If attending the EPIC event only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact the EPIC Committee,

Girl Scout Kindred Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hilton Orlando

Join your Girl Scout colleagues for an interactive session in which we will work collaboratively to design materials (i.e.: staff training materials, camp program plans, etc.) that will help our colleagues across the movement implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in outdoor experiences while leveraging those experiences to grow membership.

Registration Fee: $30/person
If attending the Girl Scout Kindred only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Sharon Baade at


International Camping Fellowship Pre-Conference Camp Tour
February 3-5, 2014
Monday, 8:00 am - Wednesday, Noon

This tour of Florida camps and local attractions is open to everyone and will include, in addition to sightseeing, facilitated discussions of camp and youth programs in the US and around the world and a get-acquainted kickoff with Jim Cain.  Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods.  Participants will be transported by van or bus to camps and sites of interest in the Orlando area from the Wingate by Wyndham Airport Hotel on Monday and Tuesday and, on Wednesday, to the Hilton Orlando for the ACA Conference.  

Note: Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodations.  Click here for detailed information, tentative itinerary, and instructions for registering at the Wingate by Wyndham.  

Registration Fee: $150, includes local transportation, admission fees, snacks, and four meals. Does NOT include hotel accommodations.
If attending the ICF Kindred only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For information, contact Linda Pulliam or 1-919-603-0317.


New Director Orientation (NDO)
Tuesday, February 4
12:00 - 8:00 pm
Hilton Orlando

Registration Fee: $79.00

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact Cyndi Satlow,, 765-342-8456, 704-288-4402 fax.


Not for Profit Council and Camps Lunch and Program
Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Hilton Orlando

Enjoy lunch with others (mainly) from the nonprofit camp “world” to discuss current issues, share successes, and learn more about research that has been funded by the Not-For-Profit Council.  Over the years, a variety of tools have been developed from this research that are of particular value that are of camps needing to document outcomes for potential funders.  Hear about the recently developed “easy to use” youth outcomes reporting tools that documents observations by staff (and potentially parents) as well as the web-based analysis tool for the outcome measures.  . 

Registration Fee: $25/person
If attending the NFP Kindred only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact Rhonda Mickelson,, or 765-342-8456 #306.

Religously Affiliate Camps (RAC) Pre-Conference Event
February 4-5, 2014
Pine Lake Retreat, Groveland, FL
Join your colleagues from other ACA Religiously Affiliated Camps for sharing of our faith traditions, program roundtable, campfire fellowship, and more. Our hosts at Seventh-Day Adventist-affiliated Pine Lake Retreat have prepared an inclusive, budget-friendly overnight retreat for us, including lodging and 3 vegetarian (kosher and halal-friendly) meals. Gathering session is Tuesday, February 4 at 4:00 pm (please plan flights to arrive by 2:00 if possible). Departures with a box lunch on Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 noon. 

Registration Fee: $75 for RAC members, $115 for non-members.

Register through ACA.

For more information, visit or contact Jen Burch,

Special Needs Kindred Meeting
February 2-5, 2014
Camp Boggy Creek
30500 Brantley Branch Rd
Eustis, FL 32736

The Special Needs Kindred meeting will be held February 2-5 at Camp Boggy Creek.  We will cover program trends, best practices, and societal issues within the Special Needs Camping Community. A detailed program is currently being created by a committee and will be available later this year. There is a $50 Conference Fee that will be collected onsite.  Check begins at 4:00 pm on February 2nd and full programming will begin the morning of the 3rd.  We will conclude in time to be in Orlando for the start of the ACA National Conference. 

Please register at

For more information, contact Annie Stewart at, 214-360-0056.