From Tish

Tisha Bolger, ACA president

The American Camp Association (ACA) will host the 2013 ACA National Conference where over 1,400 camp professionals are expected to converge on Dallas. At this year’s event, Camp: Learning for Life, you’ll discover innovative thinking, valuable partnerships, and practical tools to transform your organization and impact communities.

Attendees of the national conference represent all different types and sizes of camp programs, and they will represent a range of job responsibilities, including leadership, governance, fundraising, financial management, communications, technology, public policy, and advocacy, among others.

The conference is jam-packed with opportunities to network, learn, and reflect — plus gather plenty of resources that will reinvigorate and shape your work for the year ahead. The conference offers something for everyone: camp executives, staff members, board trustees, and volunteers; students, job seekers, and career changers; consultants; and more.

I have a hard time choosing between the dynamic speakers and challenging workshops, but I know what I enjoy the most: the networking. There are always multiple opportunities to network with people who are committed to ACA’s mission of “enriching the lives of children, youth, and adults through the camp experience.” My interaction with these people enriches both my professional and personal lives.

I understand cost accounting and Piaget’s theory of cognitive development well enough — but the skill that I find most helpful is connecting with people and establishing rapport. I don’t have the skills and the time to do everything; there are many times when I have needed to get something done and have had to depend on others. That’s when I’ve truly realized the importance of building and managing a network.

So come to Dallas and enjoy a Texas-sized dose of education, fun, and meeting great people who want to meet you, too.

Originally published in the 2013 January/February Camping Magazine

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