Conference Happenings

Converge with Us in Atlanta!

Enjoy opportunities for professional development, sharing, learning, fun, and fellowship with other religious camp leaders. Benefit from relevant educational sessions from leaders in the RAC community:

  • The Summer Camp Experience Doesn’t Stop with the Closing Program (Joel Winchip)
  • Faith Forming Through Metaphor (Paul Humphreys)
  • Day Camp: Leadership Development & Congregational Partnerships (Russell Davis)
  • Leadership Development Training Track (Elise Bates Russell)

Wednesday Luncheon with Richard Louv    

“The Impact of Nature on the Spiritual Development of Children (and Adults)”
12:45 p.m. Sponsored by Church Mutual Insurance. Pre-registration & separate ticket required—call ACA (765-342-8456) to add this special Wednesday event to your registration. Bring a friend—you don’t have to be a “RAC” to attend!

Informational Gathering at Convergence, Atlanta

Thursday, February 23
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meet with members of the RAC Council, Peg Smith and Grechen Throop of ACA, and interested colleagues from the religious camps community. Bring your questions, concerns, challenges, and inspirations to share over coffee and conversation. Meet at 2:00 p.m. in the Hyatt lobby & we’ll walk together to the Corner Bakery.

ACA Mid States Conference

March 8–10, St. Charles, IL

Unity in Diversity, Case Study: Muslim American Youth                 
Iyad Alnachef, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 
Friday, 8:45 a.m., Session II
Muslim American youth are American youth who practice Islam or who come from families that are part of that heritage. This session sheds light on the reality of this rapidly growing segment of the American population so that we as youth-serving professionals can better serve them in our programs.

Spirituality in Practice 
Maggie Braun and Kathy Stauble
Engaging campers in spiritual exploration and growth is often a part of the camp experience. This session is designed to share practical and effective spiritual activities based on values, religious themes, and camp traditions.

Interfaith Panel Discussion
Friday, 10:15 a.m., Session III
Camp leaders from different faiths will respond to a series of questions about their beliefs, practices, and programs in an effort to build interfaith understanding and respect, and share resources to enhance spirituality and inclusivity in the camp setting.

Fellowship Gathering         
Friday, 9:00 p.m.
Bring your questions, concerns, joys, and inspirations to this casual fellowship gathering with colleagues from the Religiously Affiliated Camps community. Find common ground with other faith traditions, and let us know how RAC could serve you more meaningfully. All are welcome (you need not be a RAC member).

ACA Tri-State Conference 

March 13–16, Atlantic City, NJ

Pre-Conference Event Sustainable Pathways: Marketing to Expand Our Missions
Sustainable Pathways, a programmatic partnership of the National United Methodist Camp and Retreat Committee and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, will offer faith-based learning prior to the Tri-State CAMP Conference.

Camp and conference professionals from all denominations are invited to come together for a day of learning on March 13th that includes networking and the development of meaningful strategies to improve our marketing. The Tuesday pre-conference will focus on marketing for faith-based camp and retreat ministries. The experience will include first-rate speakers and educators, relevant content, social time to meet and get to know your colleagues, and space set aside for worship with peers. The Sustainable Pathways pre-conference is only $35.00 per person and will take place right before the Tri-State CAMP Conference.

Registration Brochure

Questions? Contact the Tri-State office (212) 391-5208.

Faith-Based Sessions at TriState

RAC Fellowship Gathering Thursday 11:15 a.m.
Bring your lunch AND your questions, concerns, joys, and ideas to this casual fellowship gathering with colleagues from the Religiously Affiliated Camps community. Discuss your learnings and inspirations of the past year, find common ground with other faith traditions, and let us know how RAC could serve you more meaningfully. All are welcome (you need not be a RAC member). Questions? Contact Jen Burch

  • Interfaith Panel Discussion (sponsored by RAC)
    12:30 p.m., immediately following Fellowship in Rm 321
  • The Art of the Post-Retreat Relationship (Jaynie Schultz)
    Wed. 1:00 p.m.
  • Improve Your Online Presence (James Davis)
    Thurs. 12:30 p.m.

Interested in presenting a RAC-relevant educational session at one of next year’s ACA conferences? Have a topic you’d like to see covered? Please email your suggestions to Jen Burch at RAC:

RAC Council 

September 19–21, 2012

RAC Fall Council Meeting will be held at Waycross Episcopal Center in Morgantown, Indiana. Contact Jen Burch ( to learn more about the Council or nominate a representative from your tradition. All voices and perspectives are needed at the table.