ACA, Heart of the South 2013 Fall Conference

Changing Lives in a Changing World!

November 12 - 14, 2013

Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee

Just outside of Nashville!

Online registration is closed. 

Please print out the paper form and bring it with you to register onsite:

Printable Registration Form Here!

Conference Schedule Here!

Workshop Sessions Here!

We will be hosting our conference at the beautiful and reasonably priced Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.  This is about a 45 minute drive from Nashville.  Our keynote speakers will also offer workshops during the conference.  There will be a variety of educational workshops and evening programs along with plenty of networking opportunities with other camp professionals from throughout our region.  We are offering camp tours, standards training and associate visitor training in conjunction with this conference. 

Camp tours, all refreshment breaks and Friday's keynote lunch are included with conference registration. 

Plan to join us!  Come and register on site!

Camp Tours begin on Tuesday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m. so arrive early! Check in starts at Noon! 

Standards Training

Standards Course is from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th.  There is no charge for this course.  There is a separate registration for this course. 

Online registration for Standards Course - Click Here! 

Associate Visitor Course is from 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 14th through Friday, November 15th at 3 PM.  There is no charge for this course.  There is a separate registration for this course. Room and meals are provided. 

Online registration for Associate Visitor Training - Click Here! 


Opening Keynote Speaker: Kim Aycock     

"Keys to a Great Staff Culture: Tips From Fortune 100's Top Companies to Work For"

Kim Aycock, MST, has over 25 years experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert.  She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences.  Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations. 

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Closing Keynote Speakers: Flow Circus

"Mind over Matter: Lessons from Juggling" 

Flow Circus was founded by Paul Miller in 1999 as a company that provided entertainment services for family festivals and private events.  Educator Dawn Daria joined the business in 2007 to enhance the educational performances, teen workshops, professional development, and sustainable programming offered. The company has since evolved into a national organization that promotes active learning and play through the juggling arts. This art form provides a simple tool for skill development and playfulness in an ever advancing technological world. 


Workshops will be offered in many areas of benefit to camp and youth development professionals. Examples include youth development and behavior, staff training and leadership, business operations, emerging issues, tools and technology, innovative programs and activities.

 "Night On The Town! Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

  Enjoy a Night on the Town and participate in our annual scholarship fundraiser.  Set for Wednesday, November 13th, the group will depart at 6:00 pm from Montgomery Bell. Evening includes transportation, great food, networking and entertainment.  Minimum donations is $40.00 per person.  Approximately half of that going towards scholarship fund and is tax deductible. Or you can choose to donate a little more and purchase your ticket for $50, $75 or $100.  Name your price but sign up fast. Space is limited!  Indicate your preference when you register. 

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Registration choices include:

Camp Group ($175 for the first person; $90 for each additional person)

Individual Registration ($175.00)

Student Member Registration ($25.00)

Coupon for FREE one-year membership to ACA! CLICK HERE!   

Retired Member ($25.00)

Visitor this past summer ($90.00)         Workshop Presenter ($90.00)

All fees are payable by check or credit card to: American Camp Association.

REFUND POLICY: If you must cancel, there will be a $50 cancellation fee.

Sponsor Information Here!

Exhibit Information Here!

Please remember to reserve your accommodations at the park!

There are very reasonable rooms, suites and villas all convenient to the conference center.  Registration fees include 2 refreshment breaks on Wednesday, November 13th and the keynote lunch on Thursday, November 14th.  Other meals are available at the restaurant either from the buffet or menu of plated choices.  Three meals a day will cost about $30.00 depending on your choices. Villa/cabin groups can choose to cook meals in their kitchen areas. Be sure to reserve your space by October 1st!

Questions about the conference?

Please contact Wanda DeWaard, Executive, ACA, Heart of the South

765-349-3525 or