ACA, Northern CA - CampWorks! 2015 - Building Competence in Campers & Staff

Spring Conference

April 24 - 26, 2015
Mt. Hermon Conference Center
Felton, CA

Come get "working" on summer 2015!  CampWorks! 2015, ACA, Northern California’s Spring Conference, will focus on our theme of "Building Competence in Campers & Staff".  CampWorks! 2015 will be held at Mt. Hermon Conference Center and will feature dynamic presentations by nationally recognized speaker’s Zachary Mural, PhD and Brian Greenwood, Phd, a variety of breakout sessions, skills trainings and many opportunities for networking. 

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Schedule at a Glance
Program at a Glance - Includes a full description of session breakouts

PreConference Opportunities - Includes New Director Orientation & Health 101
Registration, Rates, and Accomodations
Sponsor Shout Out! Thank you to for sponsoring the 2015 CampWorks!

Online Registration Is Now Closed - But Space Is Stil Available! Please contact Katie Johnson if you are interested in attending CampWorks!

Building Competence in Campers & Staff

Sessions will focus on:

  • Emotional Competence
  • Social Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Healthy Habits
  • Love of Learning

New this year - Lightning Talks!

Lightning Talks are an opportunity for conference attendees to talk about something new, innovative, cool, or fun that helps build confidence in their staff or campers.  Each presenter has five minutes to share their activity, event, program, project, etc.  You can use a PowerPoint slide deck or not.  If you have slides, you will need to send them ahead of time and we’ll ask for those in early April.  All we need right now is for you to indicate that you have an idea to share and the title of your talk (you can indicate this on your registration).  There are spaces for 12 presenters for Lightning Talks at Camp Works! Kaboom! 

2015 Keynote Speakers

Brian Greenwood, PhD

Dr. Brian Greenwood is an associate professor in the Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration (RPTA) department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in California. His discipline-specific research centers on sports-based youth development and includes a research grant with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund in conducting an annual comprehensive evaluation for their flagship program, the Junior Giants. Greenwood is also currently teamed with a group of researchers working on a youth engagement study for the United States Forest Service. In his career in higher education, Greenwood has presented at over 60 local, regional, national and international academic and professional conferences and workshops including a speaking engagement at the White House in 2009 to highlight the state of youth sports during the economic recession. In addition, Dr. Greenwood has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals in his academic discipline and beyond. Greenwood is also an award-winning teacher who is passionate about teaching and learning, predominantly in pushing higher education towards a more engaged pedagogical approach that effectively and creatively mixes active learning with technology. Along those lines, he is now leading a major project for Cal Poly that includes a website, conference, book, and journal centered on the university’s mantra of Learn by Doing. The book, entitled More than a Motto: The Meaning Behind Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Signature, is scheduled for publication in fall 2016. Greenwood is actively involved with his academic discipline, serving on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Leisure Sciences and the leadership committee for the Education Network of the National Recreation and Park Association. The North Carolina native now happily resides in San Luis Obispo with his wife Dr. Jerusha Greenwood (who also serves as an associate professor in RPTA) and their two children Evie (6) & Max (4).

Zachary B. Mural, PhD

Dr. Zachary Mural is a professional educator and trainer with over twenty years of youth development experience having worked as a camp director, counselor, YMCA branch and program director (supervising after-school programs, teen center, and camps), and multi-site school supervisor. Zach has a Masters degree in Youth Development and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. In addition to providing consulting and training, Zach is the Director of Private Schools and OST Programs for Minnieland Academy in Northern Virginia, an Expert Online Training faculty member, a columnist for Park and Rec Business Magazine, and a volunteer after-school endorser for the Council on Accreditation.  Zach continues to share his knowledge and passion for working with children at numerous youth serving organizations and both professional and academic conferences across North America.

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