Kindred and Other Events: 2016 National Conference

Additional information on 2016 Kindreds and Pre-conference events will be posted as it becomes available.  


4-H Youth Development Camp Professionals Meeting
February 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hilton Atlanta

Please join 4-H Youth Development Educators, Faculty, and Staff from across the nation to discuss best 4-H practices in delivering the 4-H Youth Development program through camp.

Registration Fee: $125.00
If attending the 4-H event only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact Mike Jenson, Associate Professor, WSU Extension,, 509-447-6452.


ACN's Camp Nurse Symposium
February 8-10, 2016
Begins 7:00 p.m. on Monday, the 8th 
Hilton Atlanta

ACN’s Camp Nurse Symposium provides a variety of educational sessions designed to build clinical expertise, problem-solve emergent issues, and further the development of camp nursing practice.  Nurses from both the U.S. and Canada attend; contact hours are available.  If you are looking to enhance your skills, expand your network of camp nurse colleagues and interact with camp nursing leaders, then this is for you.  Interested? More information is available

Registration Fee:
Received by 12/31/15: $250.00 for ACN members; $350.00 for Non ACN members
Received after 12/31/15: $300.00 for ACN members; $400.00 for Non ACN members

Register through ACN.

For more information, contact ACN,, 502-232-2945, or visit

Boy Scouts of America Kindred Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hilton Atlanta

The BSA Kindred meeting is a gathering of those interested in learning more about the Boy Scouts of America and our outdoor programs. Topics discussed include: 1) updates on new programs; 2) updates on BSA National Camp Accreditation Program; 3) new programs for 2016 and beyond; 4) youth protection updates; 5) new Conservation Handbook; 6) partnerships and collaborations in outdoor industry; 7) updates on Outdoor Programs Committee support; and more. 

To register, or for more information, contact Rob Kolb, at, 972-580-2407, 972-580-2563 fax, or visit

Camp Fire Camp Professionals Kindred Meeting 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hilton Atlanta

Please join Camp Fire staff and leadership from across the country to discuss best practices, trends and developments in training and program supports. 

To register and for more information, contact James Martinson, at, (816) 285-2036.

Camp Owners and Directors Association (CODA)
February 8-9, 2016
Monday, 7:45 a.m.  – Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Hilton Atlanta

CODA 2016 in Atlanta will be the conference you don’t want to miss!  Join us and get connected with other camp professionals as we discuss the latest trends and trials of the summer camp business.  This amazing group will promise many laughs, tons of fun and lots of wisdom that you will take back to enhance your program.  Whether you want to grow your business or sharpen your leadership skills, our fantastic keynote speakers and valuable breakout sessions will provide growth and help prepare you for an amazing season ahead.  We look forward to seeing you there for the great fun and valuable information. 

If registering for both the CODA and ACA conferences, you'll start the registration process by choosing the appropriate ACA registration type.  You will then have the option of adding the CODA conference to your ACA registration in Step 2 of the process. 

If you are only registering for the CODA conference, you would choose the 'KINDRED EVENT ONLY: CODA - 2016 Camp Owners and Directors Association Meeting’ registration type.

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

Register through ACA.

If you have any questions, please visit the Camp Owners and Directors Association website ( for further details.


Campers with Special Needs Kindred Group
February 7-9, 2016
Sunday, 2:00 pm – Tuesday, 10:00 am
Camp Twin Lakes, Will-A-Way

The Special Needs Kindred will be hosted by Camp Twin Lakes, Will-A-Way ( in Winder, Georgia (located an hour from the ACA National Conference hotel and an hour & 15 minutes from the Atlanta airport). The cost is $50 per person, which will include housing and meals from Sunday dinner through Tuesday breakfast. You do not need to be attending the ACA National Conference to attend this Kindred.

Check-in will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 7th. Camp Twin Lakes will not be providing any transportation to or from Atlanta. Linens available upon request for those flying.

Schedule at a Glance

Register online HERE. Payments can be made through this registration link. Students are welcome to attend at no cost. Please contact Annie Garrett at for more information.

Do you have insight or knowledge on a specific issue or topic that is affecting the special needs camp community? Would you like to lead a presentation or conversation? We’d love to hear your ideas! Submit a proposal HERE.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Annie Garrett at or 770-867-6123, ext. 225.


Celebrating Gordie Kaplan's Retirement
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Atlanta

Gordie Kaplan has been involved in camping for almost 50 years! Join us as we celebrate his accomplishment and thank him for his service. This free reception/event is open to all who have been impacted, mentored by, worked with and know Gordie Kaplan. Stop by to say hello and join in the fun! All are welcome!   

For more information, visit, or contact, or 312-332-0833.


Diabetes Camping Symposium (DECA)
Monday, February 8, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hilton Atlanta

Youth with diabetes have unique requirements when it comes to diabetes camping and other specialized group programming activities.  Join experienced diabetes camping professionals for a full day of informative and timely educational sessions focused on the needs of youth with diabetes and how to  successfully serve them.

Registration Fee: $149/person
If attending the DECA event only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For more information contact: or 256-757-8114.


EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) Pre-Conference
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Atlanta

Circle Time for Grown-ups
Put away your pencils and roll up your sleeves because Scott and Chris are going to push you to learn like never before. We’re selecting your most vexing professional challenges (submitted by EPIC members!), adding a healthy dose of realism, and then watching you demonstrate skillful resolutions. Only after you’ve played out the director conflicts, parent problems, camper nightmares, and staff quagmires will Scott and Chris offer additional insights and practical advice. This promises to be an epic EPIC pre-con, full of laughter and revelation. Learning by doing is the fastest way to immediate skill improvement, so we hope you’ll join us. (Workshop includes handouts, special promotions, and a yummy lunch!) 

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 Jalisa Danhof,, 231-652-1184.


Girl Scout Camp Professionals Kindred Session
Monday, February 8, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hilton Atlanta

Join other Girl Scout program, property and camp professionals for an interactive session focused on best practices in Girl Scout camping.  Our day will include information on CIT programs and successes in staff recruitment and training.  Learn ways to engage your council board, leadership and staff colleagues in the benefits of camp for girls.  Hear the latest on risk management for Girl Scout camps and outdoor facilities.  Learn about trends in using outdoor program to grow membership and retention. This kindred session will provide you with a professional network and Innovative ideas for a successful camp season!!  

Registration Fee: $75/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 or 212-852-5721.  


International Camping Fellowship Pre-Conference Camp Tour
February 7-9, 2016
Sunday, 8:00 am - Tuesday, Noon

This tour of Georgia youth programs, 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.  Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods.  Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodations at the Hyatt Place Airport SOUTH through this link: for a special group rate of $99 plus tax, per night.  The group will meet each morning at the tour hotel for transportation to the scheduled sites, returning to the tour hotel each evening.  Fee of $165 includes transportation, admission fees, snacks, and four meals.  On Feb. 9, participants will be transported to the Hilton Atlanta for the ACA Conference.  Itinerary will be available in the late fall.  

Registration Fee: $165

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, 919-603-0317, or


JCC Camp Leadership Forum
Monday, February 8, 2016
9:00 am – 7:00 pm

The JCC Association Camp Department and the Mandel Center for Jewish Education are pleased to offer affiliated JCC Camp staff the opportunity to participate in a fun day of learning, sharing, networking, schmoozing, and getting to know each other before the National ACA Conference officially begins! The day will combine elements of the annual MCJE TAG training with seminars that include best practices and new trends in the JCC and general camp world.

There is no registration fee for the day and travel subsidies are available to JCCA affiliated camps and JCC's.  Please register at  

For more information about TAG or the TAG Training seminars, please contact Lea Sarris at 212-786-5088 or  

For more information and questions about the JCC Camp Leadership Forum or the JCCA Camp Department, please contact Aaron Greenberg at


New Director Orientation (NDO)
Monday, February 8, 2016
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Hilton Atlanta

The ACA New Director Orientation Course (NDO) is a special eight hour course (8 CECs) for seasonal or new camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, or persons that have been in other administrative positions and are considering directing a camp. The NDO course helps directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program. The course covers five critical areas: camp management leadership, risk management, camper behavior, staff training, and staff supervision. 

There will be a break for participants to go to lunch (lunch is not included).

Registration Fee: $99 ACA members, $119 ACA nonmembers

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact John Beitner,, or 765-349-3525.

Not for Profit Camps Lunch and Program
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (estimated time, may change slightly)
Hilton Atlanta

Enjoy lunch with others from the nonprofit camp “world” to discuss current issues, share successes, and learn more about the research being 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 to those camps needing to document outcomes for potential funders.  The current research focuses on observation and an “easy to use tool” to help with this critical aspect of camp. 

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.

Religiously Affiliated Camps (RAC) Luncheon and "Playshop" 
February 10, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (estimated time, may change slightly)
Hilton Atlanta

Join the community of ACA’s Religiously Affiliated Camps and author, speaker, consultant Michelle Cummings for networking and interactive learning. Over lunch, discover new ways to “walk your talk” and role model the behavior you want to see in others. Gather innovative activities to enhance your staff's ability to work together as a resilient team. After the meal we’ll have time to play, with faith based metaphors and outcome based initiative games to make the spiritual stuff stick. Create a mental shift in your staff and campers by focusing on outcomes from the get-go.  Come prepared to participate, play, and mingle with other religious camp leaders!

Registration Fee: $60
If attending the RAC Kindred only – a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA.

For more information, contact Jen Burch,, 862-200-7260. 


YMCA Kindred Meeting
February 9, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hilton Atlanta

YMCA day camp and resident camp staff are encouraged to attend the YMCA Kindred Meeting at ACA National Conference to learn about successes with Y Camping initiatives, share their own youth development program highlights and network with Y camping leaders from Ys across the nation.  In addition to a variety of camping updates, we will hear from several local Ys that have achieved success with both day camp programs and unique resident camp programs.  An active listening and sharing session will also offer you to share your current challenges or issues.  Join the cause for Y camping!

To register and for more information, contact John Duntley, or 312-419-2959.