Camp Staff Training Day - Los Angeles

Camp Staff Training Day has become the go to resource for quality, locally relevant staff training - all for an incredibly low price!  Join us in our 19th year developing camp counselors and filling their hip pockets with all the best tricks of the trade!  Learn more.

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Date & Location
Call for Session Proposals
What People Are Saying About CSTD
Schedule at a Glance

Date & Location

May 16, 2015
Valley Trails Ranch Camp & Conference Center

30910 S. Sloan Canyon Rd
Castaic, CA 91384
Map & Directions



Before May 6 (Early Bird)

   After May 6

ACA Member Group Rate
(10 participants or more)
$260 / group of 10
$26 each additional
$310 / group of 10
$31 each additional
Non-Member Group Rate
(10 participants or more)
$350 / group of 10
$ 35 each additional
$400 / group of 10
$40 each additional
ACA Member Individual $31 / person $36 / person
Non-Member Individual $40 / person $45 / person

Online Registration for this event is now closed. Still interested in attending? Please contact Katie Johnson at 765-342-8456, ext. 341 or to sign up your group for Saturday, May 16th. Thank you!

Early Bird Deadline: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Price includes lunch and all processing fees.  Register online by using the registration link above.  Please fax or email paper registrations: Attention Nina Pierson at (765) 342-2065 fax or  Trouble registering? Call (800) 428-2267, option 7.

Not a member? Try out ACA membership FREE for one year!


Passes vs. Registrations:  Taking the Guesswork Out of Registration!

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 when
you register (# of passes = # of participants).



Camp Staff Training Day has become the go to resource for quality, locally relevant staff training - 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 19th year developing camp counselors and filling their hip pockets with all the best tricks of the trade!'

Have Knowledge to Share with Camp Staff?

The Camp Staff Training Day - LA planning committee is seeking workshop session presenters with topics that help build the skills, passion and capacity of front-line and management camp staff. Learn more.

Who Should Attend

Front line summer counselor staff and their supervisors.

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!”

Volunteer at CSTD

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 Harmony Jackson.

Topics Include

  • Games – “just for fun” games, teambuilding games, hip pocket activities, ice breakers
  • Songs
  • Leadership / leadership styles
  • Leading large groups
  • Communication
  • Supervising campers
  • Discipline techniques for campers
  • Inclusion and special needs
  • Problem solving with campers / dispute resolution
  • Identifying & responding to relational aggression / bullying
  • Field trips – how to supervise and coordinate
  • Bus supervision and programming
  • Creating “whimsy” at camp
  • Fun programming ideas (i.e. special events, treasure hunts, etc…)
  • Skills / activities: i.e. art, dance, nature, cooking
  • How to incorporate kids’ input into programming
  • Rainy day activities
  • And much more!

PLUS:  Supervisor's Track!
Workshop topics subject to change.

Tentative Schedule 

8:30am - 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome, Announcements, Songs
9:15am - 10:15am Opening Keynote Session
10:30am - 11:30pm Education Sessions
11:30pm - 12:15pm Lunch
12:30pm - 1:30pm Education Sessions
1:45pm - 2:45pm Education Sessions
3:00pm - 3:45pm Closing Session and Goodbyes!

Schedule subject to change.

 We’re Endorsed!  

Camp Staff Training Day Los Angeles has Educational Endorsement! This means that the program has been successfully vetted according to recognized criteria and that YOU can get up to 3 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by participating in the event.  For 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 educationally endorsed, visit:

Registration & Cancellation Policy 

Cancellations before 6pm on the registration deadline will be granted with a cancellation fee, assessed at 15% the total paid.  Cancellations received after the registration deadline will not be refunded. No-shows are not refundable.  Written copy of the cancellation is required and can be faxed or emailed ATTN: Nina Pierson to: (765) 342-2065 fax or  Phone cancellations are not accepted.  If ACA, Southern CA/HI cancels the event for which you have registered, the registration fee paid will be fully refunded. ACA, Southern CA/HI is not responsible for any expenses incurred by you as a result of your registration, whether the event is attended, postponed, or cancelled.  All registration payments must be made by the event date in order for participants to be admitted to the event.