2016 National Conference: Opportunities to Volunteer

Thank you to all who volunteered at the 2015 National Conference.  
Check the site in mid-September for opportunities to volunteer at the 2016 National Conference in Atlanta, February 9-12, 2016.

Here is your chance to volunteer to help. Whether you would like to work as a volunteer to receive a partial rebate on your registration fee (reduced registrations are limited) or simply to make a contribution to your association, you can help make this an amazing event. For those volunteers making significant commitments (typically one half day volunteer/one half day registration in exchange), reduced registration positions are available. Priority for the reduced registration positions is provided to members of the ACA, Southeastern Local Chapter. Most volunteers simply like to be involved as both an attendee and a contributor in some way. The cross section and volume of volunteers enriches the event. A list of key areas with brief descriptions follows. Keep in mind the needs for the Conference remain fluid. We never turn good help away!

The Process
We seek volunteers who can commit ahead, and will welcome those who wait until they arrive on site. You may submit a volunteer online form beginning in mid September.  Assignments will be confirmed back to you prior to the conference. On site, you may check opportunities in one of two locations – the Speaker/Session counter and the Hospitality Desk.  You will need to go ahead and register for conference at the normal rate.  Post-conference, the volunteer chairs will provide ACA with a list of volunteers who have earned a rebate on their registration fee.  The rebate will be processed at that time and a credit issued to the original credit card used for registration.  If registration was paid by check, a refund check will be mailed.

Hospitality and community building are hallmarks of the National Conference. There are opportunities both before the conference and during for hospitality volunteers. Assignments may include directing attendees in the Hilton Atlanta, staffing the Hospitality Area, welcoming Kindred and Affiliate participants, and other tasks.

During heavy 'check-in' time blocks, and essentially all day Tuesday, two to three volunteers are needed to work registration, along side ACA staff. Volunteer hours are anticipated to be: Tuesday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Exact times will be provided to you prior to the conference.

Education Session Room Hosts
We have numerous slots to fill in this area.  This is an assignment for volunteers comfortable interacting with audiences and presenters.  As a host, you will help with handouts, evaluations, introductions and in some cases, will assist speakers in the question and answer period. This is a great volunteer option for those who wish to take advantage of education sessions. You can volunteer for the sessions you need, from an educational standpoint.

General Session Assistance
Four keynote events are offered. Volunteers help usher, aide Conference Team members, chaperone entertainers, set out special event items, and perform a variety of miscellaneous tasks.

2015 ACA National Conference Planning Team 
Jane Sanborn (Program Chair), Sanborn Western Camps
Ian Garner, Markel Insurance Company
Adam Bell, Camp Stella Maris
Gay Bruner, Easter Seals of Tennessee
Tommy Feldman, Altogether Outdoors
Niambi Jaha-Echols, Camp Butterfly
Laura Johnson, Camp Warner Park, LLC
Shanelle Lambert, Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp
Jill Pollard, Camp Whispering Pines
David Thoensen, Tamarak Day Camp
Amy Katzenberger, ACA Staff
Melany Irvin, ACA Staff

2015 ACA National Conference Program Review Team
Jane Sanborn (Program Chair), Sanborn Western Camps
Kim Aycock, Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions
Scott Fineske, Camp LaJunta
Tom and Val Ewan, Retired
Vicky Flaig, Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake
Becky Gilles, Drumlin Farm Day Camp
Laura Kriegel, Camping Coast to Coast
Sterling Leija, Roundup River Ranch
Andy Lilienthal, Camp Winnebago
Cliff Lissner, Chippewa Ranch Camp
Matthew Smith, Longacre Farms
Dave Thoensen, Tamarack Day Camp
Sandra Thompson, Crystal Lake Park District
Dorcas Tomasek, The Redwoods Group
Amy Katzenberger, ACA Staff
Melany Irvin, ACA Staff