ACA, Chesapeake Winter Training Event

ACA, Chesapeake will host the Winter Training Event on February 24, 2016. Featuring breakout sessions tailored toward your specific professional development needs, the event will provide you with ideas that you can implement at your camp for the 2016 summer season. The Chesapeake Winter Training Event is held at beautiful YMCA Camp Letts.

ACA, Northern California New Director Orientation (NDO)

New Director Orientation (NDO) is a special seven hour course (7 CECs) for seasonal or new camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, or persons that have been in other administrative positions and are considering directing a camp. The NDO course helps directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program. The course covers five critical areas: camp management leadership, risk management, camper behavior, staff training, and staff supervision. Lunch & snacks provided.

Four Quadrants of Accountability for Camp Staff

Camp directors often share stories of their young staff failing to consider something which would have made a difference prior to a poor decision (i.e., "What were you thinking?").  This is developmentally typical, yet demands our attention. Come learn a highly effective training tool you can take with you that will have your staff considering each of the four populations they serve (campers, parents, staff and directors) in a powerful context.

Through this webinar, participants will learn to:

Developing Your Leadership Potential

Effective leadership is a critical 21st century skill valuable for all young adults.  Are you interested in developing your leadership knowledge and skills?  Get started today!  Through this webinar you’ll learn about core leadership principles shared by a variety of great leaders using Teach For America’s leadership framework.  Learn how you can develop your own effectiveness as a leader and find out about a wide range of resources and tools for leadership development.  ACA and Teach for America are pleased to partner in order to offer this valuable program to ACA members.  This is part tw

Professionalism & Leadership

Serve youth/families/adults in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of the camp profession.

Competency Aspiration

Serve youth/families/adults in a relevant, up-to-date, and ethical manner that demonstrates a strong sense of professionalism through evidenceinformed professional practice.

Nobody Ever Tells Me Anything: Communication at Camp

Growing up, my sister’s catch phrase could have been, “Nobody ever tells me anything!” because she said it so often. More and more, this sentiment is being shared at summer camp, too. Our camp staff feels this same isolation when it comes to the administration communicating information with them. Sometimes staffers feel uncomfortable or are unable to share what they are thinking and feeling with their directors. Furthermore, administrative staff sometimes find themselves frustrated when frontline staff seem to misunderstand or ignore instructions.

Implementing Change: Practical Tips for the Early Camp Director

When I was seventeen, I was hired for the second summer at my beloved home camp by the veteran camp director. She had become my mentor and friend through all my years as a camper, teen leader, and young staff member. I adored her, and I was fiercely loyal — as were all of my counselor friends. We were pumped up to “own” the camp once again and all indications were that it would be another stellar summer.

Practical Leadership: What We Can Learn from Simon Says, Show and Tell, and Sharks

There is so much good information about leadership. There are books about leadership with themes ranging from the military to Mickey Mouse; there are seminars, workshops, retreats, and entire conferences devoted to leadership, defining leadership styles, and even the best practices of other leaders. However, there seems to be a shortage of practical strategies for actually becoming a better leader.