ACA, Evergreen Field Office

Welcome to the local field office of the American Camp Association in the Northwest. We have 80 camps in Washington, North Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Through professional development, camp accreditation and a variety of member services, ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience and our association is committed to helping camps provide:

  • Camp communities committed to a safe, nurturing environment
  • Caring, competent adult role models
  • Healthy, developmentally appropriate experiences
  • Service to the community and the natural world
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth
  • Discovery, experiential education, and learning opportunities
  • Excellence and continuous self-improvement

Membership is FREE for the first year! 


  • Puget Sound Gathering - November 19, 2014 at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma - RSVP to
  • Alaska Meet-Up - rescheduled - Details TBA 
  • Annual Celebration - See Below 
  • Montana Gathering - December 11th at Flathead Lutheran - RSVP to   

Join your camp friends and peers for lunch, a keynote session with Raquel Karls, auctions, and awards!

December 8, 2014 
CYO Camp Don Bosco
9:00am - 2:00pm 



8:30-9:00am     Arrival, get settled...
9:00-9:10           Welcome/Housekeeping
9:10-10:35        Keynote Session 
10:35-10:45     Break
10:45-12:15     Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

  • Standards Update
  • Visitor Update
  • Session TBA 

12:15-12:30    Break
12:30                Lunch & Annual Meeting

  • Recognition Awards
  • Auction

2:00pm            Done

Keynote Session with Raquel Karls
My Style, Your Style
Learn about your style and its strengths, skills and contributions as well as how to flex your style to improve communication with others.  Then we will discuss and learn how to apply it when recruiting, selecting, and training camp staff to create a strong and diverse team for your campers.

About Raquel
Raquel Karls is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Outerwall, the company that brings you Coinstar, Redbox and ecoATM.  First and foremost, though, Raquel is a former camper and camp staff, and now the proud mom of two boys who also attend camp! In fact, Raquel got her start in "management" at camp. Raquel attended Girl Scout camp as a child and, in college, joined the Camp Namanu staff outside of Portland, OR, working her way up from program staff to Assistant Camp Director. Since camp, Raquel has continued to develop her career at companies such as Pepsi, Starbucks, and Expedia. She credits much of her success as an HR professional to what she learned at camp - and now is excited to share some of what she has learned over the years with the camp community.



  • Standards and Visitor Update - December 8, 2014  
  • Full Standards Course, Seattle - December 9, 2014 
  • Associate Visitor Course, Seattle - January 7-8, 2014 
  • Full Standards Course and Visitor Update, Seattle - March 16, 2014
  • Full Standards Course, Spokane - TBA
  • Full Standards Course, Alaska - TBA  




Upcoming Events

December 8, 2014
December 8, 2014
December 9, 2014
January 7, 2015 - January 8, 2015