OctoberWest Program


What Makes OctoberWest Different?

You'll have many opportunities this season to sit in on informational presentations and lectures. But OctoberWest may be your only chance to be an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT - where YOU guide the conversations and YOU dictate the topics, ensuring that you leave with the tools you need to be successful in your position and you are inspired to start working toward an even better summer next year!  How You'll Learn.

Who Should Attend

OctoberWest is designed specifically for camp directors - those individuals who are responsible for designing, planning, managing and supervising camp programs and staff.  Remember - it takes a village to run a camp!  This is your chance to build yourself into a community that can support you, your camp and the youth that you serve.  

Get an Idea of What to Expect 

2014 Program Schedule

2014 Education Sessions

2014 Brainstroming Sessions

Sustainability Track

Pre-Conference CA Native Plant  Event

Call for Proposals!

OctoberWest is a new apporach to professional development and education for camp professionals, designed to provide peer-based learning and discovery using various learning methods.  The American Camp Association, Southern California / Hawaii is seeking Education Session Presenters and Brainstorm Session Facilitators to support this learning.

Call for Brainstorm Session Facilitators Click Here

What People Are Saying About OctoberWest

"It was great to bring my challenges to a group of my peers and learn not just from a professional in a particular area, but from the experiences and ideas that camp professionals have implemented." 
~ Danny Sudman, Catalina Island Camps

"I enjoyed and definitely benefited from the intimate discussion based forums.  I was able to walk away with a deeper understanding of many topics and I have a reference to go back to in the people I met at the conference.  Thanks for a wonderful experience." 
~ Natalie Chudacoff, Camp Mountain Chai

"This was a wonderful conference.  I got a lot out of it and enjoyed the benefits of being around other camp professionals, both personally and professionally!" 
~ Sloan Hamilton, Loch Leven Christian Camp & Conference Center

We're Endorsed!

OctoberWest has Educational Endorsement! This means that the program has been successfully vetted according to recognized criteria and that YOU can get up to 8.5 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: www.ACAcamps.org/pdc/educational-endorsement-program.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, October 19, 2014 (Pre-Conference)

PRE-CONFERENCE CHECK-IN:  come and enjoy another night at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center at no extra charge!

5:00pm-6:00pm         Pre-Conference Check-In
6:00pm-9:00pm Tour and dinner at  the Outdoor Education Center!

Monday, October 20, 2014

8:00am-9:00am Registration & Check-in                                           
9:00am-9:30am Welcome, Introductions, Networking
9:45am-11:00am Breakout Sessions 1*
11:15am - 12:30pm Breakout Sessions 2*
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-2:45pm Breakout Sessions 3*
3:00pm-4:15pm Breakout Sessions 4*
4:30pm Materials Share
5:30pm-9:30pm Mardi Gras Style Dinner & Social

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast                                                                
9:00am-10:00am Breakout Sessions 5*
10:15am-11:15am Networking Sessions
11:30am Open Air Session
12:30pm Lunch & Closing

*Breakout Sessions include a mix of Educational Learning Sessions, Brainstorming Sessions and Discussion Topics.  Find out more about each type of learning session.