ACA, Southeastern Fall Camp Conference

Changing Lives, Building Community - One Camp at a Time

September 21-24, 2014
Hilton DeSoto
Savannah, GA

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Keynote Speakers

Lori A. Hoffner
Presenting "The Johnny Appleseeds of Our Time; Planting the Seeds of Support"

We all plant seeds; seeds of creativity, inspiration, leadership and support. Sometimes we receive the perfect conditions for our seeds to grow, other times there is just too much fertilizer, and things burn up. Whether or not we get to stick around and enjoy the 'fruit' of our labor or move on to sow seeds elsewhere, it's important that our work is recognized. Join Lori in this humorous and insightful approach as we look at the reasons we "do what we do."

Lori A. Hoffner has been offering training for positive youth development, community networking and relationship building since 1997 and has spoken nationally regarding youth development, employment and staff engagement as well as multiple community issues. As a former elected official, Lori understands the nuances of an invested community. Learn more about Lori.

Dr. Gwynn Powell Ph.D.
Presenting "New Ways to Think About the Camp Community; A Journey Through Camp and Its Power"

For many, camp is a place of fun and recreation that leads to powerful personal outcomes of leadership, friendship skills, and more. In many parts of the world, camp seeks to directly impact serious challenges facing society such as corruption, HIV, poverty, hunger, and inferior education for girls. The idea that camp provides an intentional community to empower and combat societal ills is not new, but entrepreneurial models of camp from around the world can spark new ideas.  In Nigeria, corruption and hunger are attacked with a camp that has a working farm as its financial base with job skills and food as additional outcomes.  In Russia, camp happens every day of the year through partnerships with schools. In South Africa, the focus in HIV prevention and in the Middle East, English language instruction. These programs tackle serious societal issues through youth programming. Join a journey to these camps through photos and narrative as we pose questions to prompt thinking about partnerships that might expand our reach within our own community.

Gwynn Powell, Ph.D., is part of the Park, Recreation, Tourism Management faculty at Clemson University.  She has been an active volunteer with ACA at the local and national level with two decades of experience with day and residential camp, as well as recent experience with camps in Russia, South Africa and Turkey. She serves as an Ambassador for the International Camping Fellowship.

Service Project

Greenbriar is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote services which promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. 

We will be collecting:

self-care hygiene products
body wash (preferred over bar soap)  
white large bath towels
white wash cloths

Please no razors.

Take a Private Trolley Tour of Savannah!

Join us for a preconference day of FUN as we get a private trolley tour with Old Town Trolley through the Historic, Victorian and Colonial Districts of Savannah!
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Opening Entertainment Confirmed!
Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts Choir




Exhibit Hall Entertainment Confirmed!
James Lee Smith
Singer, Songwriter, Performer

James Lee Smith is one of the most sought after guitar players in the southeast, he has become well known for playing and performing in several music settings. Well versed in Blues, Jazz Fusion , Country, Rock and R&B, his versatility allows him to transcend genres.
He has performed with some of the best acts in the region. The Permanent Tourist, VooDoo Soup, Savannah Ave, Whitley Deputy & The B-Town Project, The Big Band Trio,and  A Nickle Bag of Funk, just to name a few.
He plays a grand role in the local and national music scene.

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