Camp Staff Training Day has become the go to resource for quality, locally relevant staff development - all for an incredibly low price! Join us in our 17th year developing camp counselors and filling their hip pockets with all the best tricks of the trade. Featuring Keynote Presenter Michelle Cummings! Learn more.
Date & Location
June 1, 2013, 8:30am-4:30pm
University Student Union, California State Northridge (map) 
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Before May 3
After May 3
|Group Rate (10 participants or more)||$25||$30|
|ACA Member Individual||$30||$35|
Registration deadline: May 24, 2013
This year, we’re taking registrations for Camp Staff Training Day a little differently. Instead of registering specific staff, you will buy “passes” for the event – this way, you only need to know the number of passes – not the names of who is coming (# of passes = # of participants). Registration price includes lunch. To register, click the link above or call (800) 428-2267.
REFUND POLICY: No refunds for cancellations unless written request is postmarked by
May 10, 2013; 50% of registration fee will be retained for processing. All payments must be received by the event date.
Camp Staff Training Day has become the go to resource for quality, locally relevant staff development - all for an incredibly low price! Get your staff ready for the summer with education designed to equip counselors with the skills they'll need to experience success working with kids - like behavior management and communication - balanced with fun stuff to keep kids engaged -like arts & crafts and games. Join us for our 17th year developing camp counselors and filling their hip pockets with all the best tricks of the trade!'
Who Should Attend
Front line summer counselor staff and their supervisors.
Michelle Cummings is the Big Wheel and creator of her business, Training Wheels Inc. Training Wheels is a known leader in the portable, adventure equipment industry and prides itself on creating quality, affordable activities, books and trainings for those seeking experiential resources. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing and reviewing activities that have collectively changed the way experiential educators and trainers do their work.
Michelle has facilitated for a range of programs from therapeutic populations, corporate and school groups to train the trainer programs for professionals. She has authored three books:
A Teachable Moment: A Facilitator's Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing and Reflection; Bouldering Games for Kids: An Educational Guide for Traverse Walls; and Playing With a Full Deck: 52 Team Activities Using a Deck of Cards. Michelle grew up on a farm in Norton, Kansas and currently lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband Paul and two sons Dawson and Dylan.
Join us during lunch for a fast-paced, exciting and silly campfire competition - bringing together the favorite songs & skits of every camp at the event. Work with your camp team ahead of time to choose your favorite song or skit to perform and take center stage at lunch in all your camp's glory! Then, hear what other camps come up with and walk away with tons of new ideas that you can bring back to your camp program!
Volunteers are the heart of ACA - which means we need your help to make sure Camp Staff Training Day goes off without a hitch! We're looking for room hosts, registration & hospitality volunteers, help with set up and much more! To volunteer, contact Joanna Vance .
What People Are Saying About Camp Staff Training Day - Los Angeles
“The information gained was extremely valuable and rewarding.” • “There was a lot of information, great instructors, fun activities and great food!” • “I’ve learned new techniques for dealing with kids and new games to keep them occupied.” • “Very fun and educational.” • “I feel like I have more to offer the kids now.” • “I learned many new games that I want to teach my campers.” • “Good information – it opened my eyes to new ways of working with kids.” • “I have learned so much!”
- Being a role model
- Camper discipline
- Communication & working with people
- Learning styles
- Today's camper & parent issues
- Working with special needs youth
- Effective decision making
- Problem solving
- Group planning
- Developing structure for unstructured activity times
- Managing burn out
- Skills - leading arts & crafts, aquatics, orienteering and nature activities
- Teambuilding activities & hip pocket games
- And much more!
- PLUS: Supervisor's Track!
Workshop topics subject to change.
This means that Camp Staff Training Day has been successfully vetted according to recognized criteria and that YOU can get up to 6 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by participating in the program. For more information about how to get documentation of the CECs that you've earned, go to: Manage My CECs .
For more information about Educational Endorsement or to attend more events/online trainings that are endorsed, visit www.ACAcamps.org/pdc/educational-endorsement-program .
ACA, Southern California/Hawaii is seeking workshops for Camp Staff Training Day – Los Angeles that help to build the skills, passion and capacity of front-line and management staff to facilitate and support the development of fun, safe and high quality programs. The target audience of the event is front line camp staff with a small selection of workshops available for supervisors. To submit a proposal or for topic suggestions, click the link below.
Camp Staff Training Day - LA Call for Proposals 
Submission deadline: March 22, 2013.
|8:30am-8:45am||General Session: Opening & Welcome|
|12:15pm-1:15pm||Lunch and Camp Songs/Skits Competition|
|1:15pm-2:45pm||Keynote Presentation, Michelle Cummings|
Schedule subject to change.