Standards Courses at the ACA National Conference - 2016 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Each camp/program wishing to go through the ACA accreditation process in 2016 must have at least one person from their camp/program who will be actively involved with the preparation of materials, on site a significant amount of time during the season, and on-site the day of the visit attend a Standards Course (new camps/new directors) or a Standards Update Course (director/staff from currently accredited camp who has helped with the preparation of materials and been actively involved in the on-site visit). 

New in 2016 — Medically Focused Camp Programs Track

ACA is excited to share information about a brand-new track in development for this year’s National Conference in Atlanta.  Through the generosity of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, camp professionals working with children and families experiencing serious and chronic illness can select from many sessions central to providing great, impactful camp experiences.  These educational breakout sessions will be offered throughout the conference, Tuesday through Friday, February 9-12.

National Conference App

We are pleased to be able to offer a mobile app to enhance your experience during the 2016 ACA National Conference.  

Please note: while the app itself can be dowloaded at any time, the 2016 ACA National Conference event content will be available mid-January.

PhoneYour Mobile App will give you instant access to key features, like:

2016 National Conference Discounts

2016 ACA-Sponsored Coupons for Lodging at the Hilton Atlanta!

ACA is pleased to once again be able to offer lodging coupons for the 2016 ACA National Conference.

Camps registering four or more attendees may be eligible to earn ACA-sponsored $100 off coupons for lodging at the Hilton Atlanta. The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and higher attendees may each earn a $100 off coupon to apply toward lodging at the Hilton Atlanta. Restrictions apply — see below for important requirements. To ensure you receive your benefit, please pre-register your attendees.

ACA National Conference Community Service Project

ACA Operation Camp T-shirt
New Orleans 2015

Giving back to our host city has become an annual tradition for ACA National Conference attendees and exhibitors.

The very popular Operation T-shirt is back!   Demonstrate your commitment to children and community service by donating Camp T-shirts for use by local children’s hospitals. As you pack your bags for New Orleans, don’t forget to include a camp shirt or two for a local child. 

Whether you bring a single shirt or a bunch, your contribution will make an impact.


Schedule at a Glance: 2016 National Conference


Sunday, February 7

8:00 a.m. ICF Sponsored Offsite Camp Tour Begins
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CODA Board Meeting
2:00 p.m. Campers with Special Needs Kindred Meeting Begins - Offsite

Monday, February 8

7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CODA Kindred Event
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Program Preview - Session Grid: 2016 National Conference

NOTE: The Program Preview - Session Grid shows the educational sessions that are offered. For a full listing of other conference events, view the Schedule at a Glance.

Download 2016 Program Preview - Session Grid (Sessions Listed by Date & Time) 

Hotel Reservation Scam

ACA 2016 National Conference and Exhibits

Exhibitor FAQ

When can I set up my booth?  Wed. Feb.10th at 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. is exhibitor set up.  No one will be allowed to set up any earlier, no exceptions. 

What are the exhibit hall hours? Exhibits will open Wed. Feb. 10th at 5:30 p.m.  Complete schedule

When is my booth balance due?  Booth balances are due by Dec. 15, 2015.  You will receive an email from ACA if you have a balance owed.  No one will be permitted to set up their booth until paid-in-full.

2016 Exhibitor Schedule Snapshot

The conference schedule has been designed to "showcase" exhibits! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration open
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Exhibitor set up
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall with reception

Thursday, February 11, 2016