ACA, Heart of the South Spring Gathering

Please join us at Tate’s Day Camp for a day full of tips and tricks to help with summer planning featuring Kim Aycock.  Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert.  She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences.  Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations.  More information can be found on her website:  

Associate Visitor Course - ACA, Indiana

The ACA Associate Visitor Course provides training to individuals who wish to volunteer to conduct accreditation visits. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of a visitor, including legal implications of visitor actions; develop information-gathering skills; and learn to use resources available to make consistent compliance decisions. Participants will also understand the educational value of the accreditation process and become positive representatives and advocates for ACA. There is no charge for this course.

2016 EPIC Winter Retreat


Register today 

for the most fun you've ever had increasing your job skills and advancing your career!


EPIC Winter Retreat GOALS:

1. Bring people together to form a community and connect to ACA through EPIC.

2. Empower people in their jobs and develop skills to create a sustainable environment.

ACA, Southeastern 2016 EPIC Winter Retreat

Join us at Camp Merrie-Woode for a weekend of professional development and fun that only EPIC can pull off. Including hikes, grilling out, camp tour, games and more! Featuring Travis Allison from CampHacker, and Summer Camp Professionals. The EPIC retreat offers in depth discussion of the camp industry’s most pressing topics in a relaxed and supportive environment.


Registration includes: 2 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners; modern comfortable, but not luxurious lodge, with beds and bunk beds. Lodging for 12/8/16 and 12/9/16, departing on 12/10/16.

Standards Update Course - ACA, Heart of the South and PCCCA/OMA Annual Conference

The Standards Update Course is designed for the camp director or staff member who has been actively involved in the preparation of materials and the on-site visit at an ACA-accredited camp in the recent past. A person completing the ACA Standards Course on behalf of a camp is expected to actively assist the camp in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

ACA Webinar - Camp and the FLSA “White Collar” Exemption


The webinar will be recorded and available for purchase on October 7.

Do you have questions about the new FLSA “White Collar” exemption?  How does the new Final Rule affect your camp?

The American Camp Association is hosting an online webinar on October 6, 2016 at 1 pm EST. The webinar will feature Emmanuel “Manolis” Boulukos, partner in Ice Miller’s Labor and Employment Group.

ACA, Heart of the South Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach individuals how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Heart of the South Fall Gathering-Program in Progress

More session information coming soon!


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           Registration and Hospitality Time
9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.          Welcome/Opening Keynote 


Sponsorship Information - ACA, Heart of the South Fall Gathering 2016

Fall Gathering Date – September 20, 2016

We invite you and your company to join us as a sponsor for the 2016 Tennessee Fall Gathering, hosted by the American Camp Association, Heart of the South. This event provides sponsors with an opportunity to market goods and services help create strong name recognition with 60+ camping professionals representing more than 40+ camps and youth development programs throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama!



ACA, Heart of the South Fall Gathering

Please join us for a top notch day of education, networking and fun featuring Tracey Gaslin, executive director of the Association of Camp Nurses and Jeff Merhige, director of Camp Widjiwagan.  Come prepared to learn about topics ranging from the mental, emotional and social health of campers and staff to creative programming ideas.  Register Today!