It’s almost time for the 2023 ACA National Conference! Here are some final details to help with your trip and your experience in Orlando.
Download the National Conference Mobile App
We are pleased to again be able to offer a mobile app to enhance your experience during the 2023 ACA National Conference. We encourage all attendees, exhibiting personnel, and speakers to download the new app.
Get the App
(App sponsored by CampBrain)
Digital Program Book
In support of conservation and environmental efforts, the national conference program book will be offered electronically this year and will not be printed. A copy can be saved to the electronic device you will be using at conference. The file is printer-friendly, so if you prefer a printed copy, you may print one and bring it with you. This will be in addition to the mobile app, sponsored by CampBrain.
- View Digital Program Book
- Download PDF of Program Book (printer-friendly)
Join the conference Facebook group to begin your conference experience early.
For all your social media posts, use the hashtag #ACANat23 during conference. Also, make sure to follow @acanatconf for conference updates.
Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Assistance
An extensive conference FAQ document is available for your reference.
Media and Filming Policy
Filming, photography, audio recording, and live streaming are strictly prohibited in common, shared, open areas and during all sessions without prior written approval from the American Camp Association.
Special Note for First-Time Attendees
First, welcome! We're glad you'll be joining us in Orlando. On Tuesday, prior to the Opening General Session, we will host a gathering of first-time attendees from 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Salon 1. You will have an opportunity to meet other first-timers, learn more about the educational and social networking opportunities, and learn how to make the very most of your first-time experience at the national conference. (Sponsored by Cliq)
Hospitality — Welcome!
Once you arrive on site and get settled in your room, plan to stop by the Hospitality – Connection Center by ACA registration. You'll find friendly faces, an abundance of information about how to make the most of your time in Orlando, and ways to connect with other camp professionals at the conference.
Onsite Registration Services
Conference registration will be in the Level 1 Prefunction space. You'll pick up your name badge, tickets, and other materials in this area. Attendees who wish to purchase additional meal tickets for family members and guests are encouraged to do so upon arrival, as any extra tickets are only available based on space and seating capacities. Exhibitor check-in will also be at this location.
ACA Registration Services Hours
- Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Camp Includes Me Track
The goal of the Camp Includes Me track is to create a space where we can increase our competence around issues of inclusion, fusion, and cross-cultural agility. Join the conversation as we move beyond representational diversity and integrate true inclusion and excellence by bringing together various world views, research, experiences, and subject matter experts. Fusion takes place as we exchange our ideas, adding and contributing to one another. There is also a Camp Includes Me discussion café on Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be offered, along with lively discussions. All are welcome to breakouts and the discussion café.
Medical and Disability Camping Track
Offered for the last several years, we are continuing to build programming for the medical and disability camping community. Camping programs serve children and families experiencing serious and chronic illness. Multiple breakout sessions will be offered throughout the conference. Although these sessions are targeted to those working with medical and disability camping programs, all attendees are encouraged and welcome to participate. There is also a Medical & Disability Camping discussion café on Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be offered, along with lively discussions. All are welcome to breakouts and the discussion café.
Local Office & Affiliate Meetings
Connect with your local ACA leaders and fellow camp pros from your area on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check out the locations for each of the local ACA meetings.
ACA National Conference Community Service Project
As you pack your bags for Orlando, don’t forget to include donation items for the 2023 National Conference service project. The Conference Planning Team has chosen to collect items for Army of Angels as the service project for this year's conference. Visit the service project webpage to see how you can help. We will collect donated items at the hospitality desk and will have a QR code that can be used to donate directly to the organization.
Make the Very Most of the Exhibit Halls
Come see the latest products, programs, and services available for camps, educational organizations, and youth development professionals. There are many new vendors this year. Don’t forget, many exhibitors offer exclusive show specials! Along with offering great resources for camp professionals, our fantastic exhibitors play a large role in keeping conference registration costs down. Visit both halls often to reciprocate that support!
Exhibit Hall Schedule
Wednesday, February 22
- 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall with Reception (sponsored by Chaco) — Ticket Required
Thursday, February 23
- 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Exhibits Open
- 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. • Unopposed Time in Exhibit Hall, Complimentary Bagels and Coffee Available
- 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Lunch in Exhibit Hall — Ticket Required
- 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Unopposed Time in Exhibit Hall, Afternoon Coffee and Dessert Available
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819
Each year, our great volunteers help make the ACA National Conference an amazing event! Stop by Speaker Services at the ACA Registration Counters and the Hospitality Desk to see what opportunities are available.
Job Board and Resume Posting
For job seekers and those with jobs to fill — come by the Resource Center and post your information. A one-stop shop for ACA membership and program information, the Resource Center is located in the Level 1 Prefunction space.
Dress and Weather
Our conference dress is casual to business casual. The average temperatures for Orlando in February are: High: 74°F, Low: 53°F, but we suggest you check the local forecast before you leave. Meeting rooms can feel chilly. We encourage you to bring layers.
Special Thanks to Our 2023 Sponsors!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous premier conference sponsors, Markel Insurance, UltraCamp, CampBrain, The Redwoods Group, Chaco, iCampPro, & Dunkin'. Thanks as well to our many Friends of Camp sponsors who you will find in the program book and mobile app.
We wish you safe travels to Orlando.
See you soon,
ACA 2023 National Conference Team