ACA, Northern CA - CampWorks! 2014 - Honoring the Human Connection

April 25 - 27, 2014
Mt. Hermon Conference Center
Felton, CA

Come get "working" on summer 2014!  Join us as we Honor the Human Connection at CampWorks! 2014, ACA, Northern California’s Spring Conference.  CampWorks! 2014 will be held at Mt. Hermon Conference Center and will feature dynamic presentations by nationally recognized speaker’s Faith Evans and Scott Arizala, a variety of breakout sessions, skills trainings and many opportunities for networking. 

REGISTER NOW - deadline is 4/14

registration for conference is now closed (pre-conference space available, see below). For registration questions please contact

Registration still available for pre-conference

Program Highlights

NEW for 2014! CampWorks! Optional Pre-Conference – Friday, April 25th - see details below

Friday Opening with Faith Evans:

What Makes Camp FUN? Building the Human Connection

Faith will facilitate an experiential and engaging session in this not to be missed conference opening where she will explore such questions as:

  • What FUN activity have I always wanted to do at camp, but didn't have the know-how or the resources (location, money, leadership, buy in)?
  • What are some FUN "get acquainted" or community building activities that welcome staff and/or campers into the fold?
  • What are some FUN activities that turned out to be dangerous or had unexpected consequences? What would you never do again?
  • What are some memory building activities for ending the camp experience, that are FUN and make people want to come back?
  • What are some FUN activities that positively highlight diversity, and create that human connection?

Friday Evening Session with Scott Arizala:

Friday Night Lights!

The fun won't stop! Scott will lead an opening evening icebreaker to end the day where we start it; learning, having fun, and creating community. And there will be ice cream!

Saturday Morning Session with Scott Arizala:

Go Inside to Go Outside

This session will focus on the discovery process as you examine your human connections in relation to camp

Saturday Morning Session with Faith Evans:

Faith will facilitate, with the expert voice of Scott Arizala, an experiential session that will guide the day.  Come prepared - or be open to inspiration when you arrive - to introduce your own questions addressing your passions about camp, and what you really care about. These are some examples of questions that could be explored:

  • How do I create a community among my camp staff that is inclusive, supportive, positive and still focused on campers and not each other?
  • When is teasing more than teasing?
  • How do I encourage others to follow policy/regulations even when I don’t agree with them myself? – (could be marijuana, transgender, supervision regs, driving regs - things camp directors and staff don’t agree with but must, or should do.
  • What are some workable and safe protocols for handling visitors – anticipated (parents) and sporadic (delivery people, and unplanned, but interested parties).
  • How do I build trust with parents?  What are ways for communicating the best intentions of camp around safety and security?
  • Beyond recycling, what are some ideas to for camps to “preserve the future of the earth” that engage staff and campers through action?
  • What is your camp policy regarding “The Digital Umbilical”? and, how do you communicate that policy to parents?  What has worked and what has not?


Saturday Evening wtih Scott Arizala:

Now what? Turning today into tomorrow

Don’t just walk away from this conference with another stack of notes and vague ideas, put it into ACTION. In this fun, fast-paced, story-filled keynote, Scott will challenge you to use every bit information and creativity to apply each lesson you learned during this experience. He will share stories, strategies, and what he noticed from your experience and will send you home motivated about what we are doing and inspired about why we are doing it. Turn today’s energy, excitement and learning, into tomorrow’s camper experience.

BE PREPARED TO BE SURPRISED – Faith Evans & Scott Arizala - Saturday & Sunday

Honoring The Human Connection Through Open Space Technology.  “Open Space" creates the structure and guides the process.  YOU create the content "in the moment" based on your needs and the expertise you choose to share.  YOU become part of a dynamic community of learning and sharing.  Trust the really works! Faith Evans of Playfully, Inc. is a nationally recognized facilitator of open space and will help guide the process.  Come and learn and make the human connection with topics important to a successful camp program! Some examples are:

  • Camper to Camper Connection –camper issues such as bullying, same sex relationships at camp, importance of positive friendships, etc.
  • Staff to Staff Connection – EPIC sessions highlighting how to be a better supervisor to your peers, leadership development, etc.
  • Staff to Camper Connection – camper behavior problems, mentoring, etc.
  • Staff to Supervisor Connection – how to be a good staff member, job skills, programming certificates, specialized activity documentation, etc.
  • Camper to Nature Connection – trends in programming (gardening, pop culture themes) environmental stewardship and technology, etc.
  • Camp to Community Connection – school partnerships, volunteer management, etc.
  • Mind to Body Relationship – health and wellness topics such as stress reduction, nutrition education, dietary guidelines, physical activity, etc.

Program & Documented Training

The program track includes a variety of program and documented-training sessions.  Are you in need of “documented-training” for meeting ACA Standards for Specialized Activities? Sessions being offered:

Fire Use and Outdoor Cooking

  • Fire Building: Actual skills, Safety, Protocol in the wilderness
  • Stove use: Actual Skills, Pros and cons vs. Fire 
  • Tri Pod building and other methods for cooking food over the fire
  • Our favorite one pot meal while keeping it nutritional and hopefully light! Including recipes

Specialized Arts & Crafts

  • Documented training for the following arts and crafts activities.  Content will cover operation procedure, safety concerns, orientation for campers and skill verification for staff.  Candle making, wood burning, frosted glass(using a sand blaster).  Discussion by participants of various methods that programs might currently use.

Conference optional Add-On - Saturday, 4/26 9am-5pm

  • USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification (formerly Basic) - $100 fee (not included in price of conference)*
    A Level 1 Instructor is most closely associated with a "grassroots" program that is short-term in scope and focused on introducing basic archery skills to beginners. Such programs would include: camps, Scouting, 4-H, and Parks and Recreation. Participants will learn: Range safety, range set-up, basic equipment setup and repair, and how to teach the basic steps of shooting. Archery participants may register for archery only or archery and the conference. Participants that successfully complete will receive a USA Archery Level 1 Certification valid for 3 years. THIS COURSE IS FROM 9am-5pm on Saturday – participants are required to attend the full course. * Participants may register for Archery ONLY (no conference participation) for $110

Pre-Conference (optional) – Friday 4/25, 9am – 4pm  REGISTRATION STILL AVALABLE for pre-conference

  • Standards Training – No Fee NO LONGER AVAILABLE
    ACA's Standards course serves as an introduction to ACA's Standards Program and helps participants prepare for accreditation visits. The course describes the purpose and value of standards and accreditation, and gives an explanation of how the process works and what resources and materials are available. The course offers specific discussion about the requirements of the standards, including: application of the core and specialized activity standards, mandatory standards, and written documentation requirements. A 2012 Accreditation Process Guide (APG) is needed for this course.
  • Health 101 - $65 member/$85 non-member (does NOT include lunch)
    Is your Health Center staffed by someone other than a RN or MD?  This 7 hour course is the bridge between first aid and emergency skills and managing a health center. This is an American Red Cross CA Child Care course, elements of the course have been added to help be more applicable to the camp community and ACA Health and Wellness Standards. This course meets CA Organized Camp regulations - California organized camps are required to have a full-time Health Supervisor that is an MD, RN, LVN, OR person certified in California Child Care Preventative Health & Safety (15 hour course; 7 hours preventative health and safety and 8 hours community CPR and Pediatric First Aid. Individuals who successfully complete this American Red Cross course (Module 1) will receive an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) sticker on their certificate.  The Preventative Health & Safety certification does not expire. Info for CA Health Supervisor regulationThis course DOES NOT include community CPR and pediatric first aide.
  • New Director’s Orientation (NDO) - $85 member/$105 non-member (does NOT include lunch)
    NDO is a special seven hour course (7 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. 

Conference Schedule

Conference Registration opens Friday at 4:30pm, with dinner at 6:00pm. The weekend concludes after lunch Sunday at approx. 1:30pm 

FRIDAY optional day Pre-Conference:

  • ACA Standards Course
  • Health 101
  • New Director Orientation


  • Check In & Dinner
  • Opening & Welcome with the all inclusive and fun Faith Evans
  • Evening session with Scott Arizala & Ice Cream Social


  • USA Archery Level 1 Certification (seperate fee applies)
  • Documented Training for specialized Arts & Crafts and Outdoor Cooking
  • Participant driven Educational Sessions facilitated through Open Space Techonology 


  • High energy and keep-ya’-moving evening session by creative Scott Arizala
  • Campfire with songs and treat


  • Sessions Continued
  • Closing by Faith Evans

(schedule subject to change)

 About Mount Hermon

Surrounded by stunning redwoods and meandering streams, the Mountain Hermon Conference Center is an ideal setting for CampWorks!.  Learn more about Mount Hermon

Conference Registration and Fees

Conference registration includes:

  • Friday and Saturday night lodging, options below
  • 6 meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)
  • Educational sessions (Archery additional fee)
  • Fees are per person

Lodging Information:

  • All rooms are double occupancy                            
  • Roommate requests can be made when registering
  • Individuals can request to have a roommate assigned
  • Limited number of single rooms are available at all room types - $75 surcharge for single occupancy
  • Please note, a limited number of each room type is available

Standard Cabin or Lodge - Private Bath - ACA Member $295; Non-Member $315
Lodge/cabin assigned based on availability. Includes private bath, pre-made beds and towels, lanai (lodge only), and furnished living rooms/kitchen (cabin only)

Economy Cabin - Private Bath - ACA Member $215; Non-Member $235
These cozy little retreats with furnished living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms include towels and linens (beds are not pre-made).

Economy Dorm - Shared Bath - ACA Member $200; Non-Member $220
Dormitory rooms have 2 single beds & semi-private baths; each room has a sink, and common showers and restrooms are located just down the hallway. All linens provided (sheets and towels), make your own bed upon arrival.

No Lodging – Meals Only - ACA Member $155; Non-Member $175

Day registration available for:

  • Friday, Pre-Conference Only (no meals), fee varies
  • Saturday, Archery Only (lunch included), $110

Registration Deadline: April 14, 2014                   

Special Dietary Needs: Mt. Hermon will make an effort to accommodate special dietary needs. In most cases they will try to use the regular menu and adjust it to the special diet need. Vegetarians can generally find a variety of filling options in our regular menu. Participants with specail dietary needs may bring along favorite snacks and foods to supplement their diet and Mt Hermon will be happy to provide refrigerator and freezer space. If you have a special dietary need, please indicate during registration.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after February 24, 2014. Written copy of the cancellation is required and must be faxed or emailed by 2/24/14. There is a fee of $125 for all cancellations that include lodging. No-shows are not refundable.

Registration is now closed - please contact for info

Attend at the Member Rate

ACA’s free membership program is continuing!  The free member program/coupon is available to any first-time member of ACA.  To learn more and to join, visit and enter coupon code Free-NC-2014.

Featured Speakers

Faith Evans, M.Ed. is a leader in the field of experiential training and human growth and development. A recognized and published authority, with over 45 years of experience working with groups of 10 – 800, Faith’s passion for play and dedication to learning has impacted the results of individuals and groups across North America. 

Nationally recognized for her outstanding trainings, innovative course designs and breakthrough learning experiences, Faith’s clients are diverse and include children and adults, for nonprofits, Fortune 500 corporations, and small businesses, schools and colleges and children’s summer camps.

Faith specializes in action learning with small and large groups in the areas of relationship building, creativity, problem solving, leadership, communication, and play for a purpose . . .and for no purpose!  She is the 2001 Kurt Hahn Award Recipient for The Association of Experiential Education and was twice nationally recognized by American Camping Association for outstanding staff training, and for excellence in writing through numerous articles published in Camping Magazine.  Faith is a member of the faculty. 

Faith’s commitment to share her knowledge and expertise with teaching professionals, businessmen and women, fellow facilitators, and summer camp staff is evident to the thousands who have attended her acclaimed keynote addresses and workshops.  Faith co-authored 99 of the Best Corporate Experiential Games We Know, a staple in the libraries of training and development professionals nationwide; and in 2007, she won awards for The More the Merrier – Lead Playful Activities for Large Groups.  She also co-authored, Play It, Measure It, the  A to Z Guide to Experiential Training and contributed chapters to Exploring the Power of Solo, Silence, and Solitude  and other books. 

Faith Evans is a process consultant and Owner, Director of PlayFully, Inc. an organization dedicated to development services catalyzing life changing growth and potential in people.

Scott Arizala is the leading expert, trainer and consultant in summer camp and the CEO of The Camp Counselor, working with hundreds of youth programs and thousands of staff & administrators across the country. He is the Owner of Camp Tall Tree, a resident camp for kids with unique challenges, the Camp Director of Dragonfly Forest, a camp for kids with serious illnesses and the Camp Director for Camp Kesem, a national organization for kids whose parents have cancer.  He is a pioneering contributor to ExpertOnline Training and is the award-winning author of the best-selling book, S’more Than Camp.




Contact Danielle Pinney at the ACA, Northern CA Field Office - 765-349-3523 or