ACA, Rocky Mountain Fall Conference


November 9-11, 2022


The Nature Place
Florissant, CO
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See pricing details below.



Please join us for the Rocky Mountain Fall Conference!  Highlights include Dr. Jennifer Kling’s opening keynote, a variety dynamic and relevant breakout sessions, John Hamilton’s closing keynote, an exhibit hall, and time to network with fellow camp professionals.  Enjoy a time of inspiration, first-rate professional development, and fun at The Nature Place in Florissant, CO.

Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals for the Fall Conference is now open.  Lectures, hands-on sessions, and panel discussions are welcome.  Sessions are 75 minutes long.  Submit a Session Proposal  

Safe and Healthy Meetings 
ACA is committed to providing opportunities to engage in the safest and most enjoyable in-person experience possible. Learn more. 

Early Bird registration is available through October 12, 2022.

  • Registration includes conference program, 2 nights lodging (Wednesday and Thursday), and six meals (Wednesday dinner, Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch). 
  • Commuter registration is available for those staying offsite and includes conference program and six meals (Wednesday dinner, Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch).  It does not include overnight lodging. 
  • Camping registration includes conference program, tent or camper space, and six meals (Wednesday dinner, Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch). 
  • Lodging will be in double or triple rooms. 
  • Single rooms are not guaranteed.  Contact Betsy Thamert (, 765-342-1349) to learn about single room rates and availability.
  • Not an ACA Member? Join today for FREE and get the best rates for this event! 


Type Early-Bird Regular
Individual 1st Person-member $375 $400
Individual 1st Person-non-member $475 $495
Additional person from same camp-member $350 $380
Additional person from same camp-non-member $450 $480
Student/Retiree-member/non-member $300 $325
Commuter Full Conference-member $250 $270
Commuter Full Conference-non-member $305 $340
Commuter Day Rate-member $150 $170
Commuter Day Rate-non-member $210 $230
Two Day Rate-member $290 $320
Two Day Rate-non-member $390 $410
Speaker-member/non-member $180 $180
Camping-member/non-member $200 $220


Opening Keynote-Dr. Jennifer Kling

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Dr. Jennifer Kling is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Legal Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her research focuses on social and political philosophy, particularly issues in war and peace, self- and other-defense, international relations, protest, feminism, and philosophy of race. She started going to camp at age 7, and has been a counselor-in-training, a counselor, a program director, a waterfront director, and most recently, a village director for Camp Granite Lake in Colorado. This past summer, her daughter went to sleep-away camp for the first time and absolutely loved it.

I’m Here to Talk to You About the JEDI Initiative

Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. This is an idea…to bring together a group of remarkable people and make camp an even better place. It’s easy to claim to be a JEDI, but hard to work together to make it happen. Join Dr. Jen Kling for a discussion about how to bring JEDI to life at camp during both the on-season and the off-season, and why doing so is critical for the present and future of camp. We’ll focus on JEDI policies, practices, and behaviors that you can implement in your day-to-day camp life, that will help make camp an inclusive, equitable, and awesome place for the current (and next!) generation of JEDI heroes.


Closing Keynote-John Hamilton

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John Hamilton leads the largest camping and mentoring program for children and teens impacted by trauma in the United States. John has an MA in Leadership and Cultural Justice, serves on the board of the Alliance for Camp Health as the Board President, has been named ACA’s Subject Matter Expert on Trauma-Informed Care at camp, and collaborates with Clinicians, Social Workers, Child Psychologists, and is a former Executive Director of a camp near Lake Tahoe. With two decades of out-of-school time learning experience, John’s voice and perspective will help restore belief in the future of our work and guide us to discover the possibilities ahead.

A Hope-Filled Perspective: Traversing the Path Forward

Each day offers changes that seem unimaginable until they occur. Over the last few years, we have found ourselves traversing the layers of loss and grief, cynicism and uncertainty, and the proverbial earth shifting beneath our feet. Somewhere in the midst of it all, we've struggled to maintain a desire to explore what’s possible. We try to maintain a posture to learn and adapt and our nervous systems become flooded. In a world of human inquiry, where camps integrate the natural world, science, and social connection, may we be reminded of our need to discover hope for a common future and perspective for the path forward.

All Events in Mountain Time

Wednesday, November 9

  • 1:00 p.m.--2:00 p.m.--Registration Open
  • 2:00 p.m.--3:30 p.m.-- Opening Keynote
  • 3:45 p.m.--5:15 p.m.--Open Space Planning
  • 5:15 p.m.--6:30 p.m.--Social and Networking
  • 6:30 p.m.--Dinner
  • 7:45 p.m.--Coffee House Social, Dessert, and Thunderball

Thursday, November 10

  • 7:30 a.m.--8:30 a.m.--Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.--10:15 a.m.--Breakout 1
  • 10:30 a.m.--11:45 a.m.--Breakout 2
  • 11:45 a.m.--1:15 p.m.--Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 1:30 p.m.--2:45 p.m.--Breakout 3
  • 3:00 p.m.--4:15 p.m.--Breakout 4
  • 4:30 p.m.--Exhibit Hall and Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m.--9:00 p.m.--Fall Conference Fun

Friday, November 11

  • 7:30 a.m.--8:30 a.m.--Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.--10:15 a.m.--Breakout 5
  • 10:30 a.m.--12:00 p.m.--Closing Keynote
  • 12:15 p.m.--Lunch & Departure

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The Nature Place is a year-round conference facility and educational center located one hour west of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It offers a unique combination of modern facilities amid the splendor of pine and aspen forests. Housing will be in studio apartments, each with a fireplace, sitting area, work station with wireless internet, and full bath. 

The exhibit hall date is Thursday November 10, 2022, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Social time and Exhibit Hall with host bar and snacks followed by dinner with exhibitors.

Exhibitors can begin setup at 3:30 p.m. and tear down is 7:30 p.m.

For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Bruno.

Thanks to our sponsors!

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