It’s almost time for the 2022 ACA National Conference! Here are some final details to help with your trip and your experience in Portland: 
 

Safety Requirements

ACA is committed to providing opportunities to engage in the safest and most enjoyable in-person experience possible. To achieve this, we are focused on a multilayered approach to mitigating COVID-19 at all ACA in-person events. This approach may vary by location, resources available, and local guidance. With consideration to the requirements for the State of Oregon, City of Portland, and the Oregon Convention Center, precautions have been established out of an abundance of caution for the health, safety, and comfort of all conference attendees. ACA will continue to follow federal, state, and local health official guidance for all events and will make any adjustments as necessary. These requirements align with best practices that promote the safety of our participants and staff as our guiding principle. 

Please review the most up-to-date health and safety measures planned for the national conference. Onsite testing information is now available!


Download the National Conference Mobile App

We are pleased to again be able to offer a mobile app to enhance your experience during the 2022 ACA National Conference. We encourage all attendees, exhibiting personnel, and speakers to download the new app.  

Your mobile app will give you instant access to key features, like:

  • Full event schedule
  • Exhibitors, including locations on floor plan
  • Attendee contact info* (see note)
  • Twitter and Facebook links

Major, timely announcements, will be forwarded via “push notifications.” We suggest you “allow” this feature when setting up your preferences. 

*Note: Creating a conference app account allows you to take notes, plan your schedule, bookmark items, and share information with other attendees.
(App sponsored by CampBrain) 
 

Digital Program Book — New This Year!

In support of the conservation and environmental efforts of the Oregon Convention Center, 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.

 

Connect Online!

Join the conference Facebook group to begin your conference experience early. 
 

Social Media

For all your social media posts, use the hashtag #ACANat22 during conference. Also, make sure to follow @acanatconf for conference updates. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Assistance

An extensive conference FAQ document is available on the main conference page.
 

Don't Forget to Bring Your Favorite Water Bottle

The convention center has water bottle fill stations at their water fountains.
 

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 Portland. 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 C124. 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 in Pre-Function A. You'll find friendly faces, an abundance of information about how to make the most of your time in Portland, and ways to connect with other camp professionals at the conference. 
 

On-site Registration Services

Conference registration will be in Pre-Function A. 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.
 

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 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.
 

Local Office & Affiliate Gatherings

Connect with your local ACA leaders and fellow camp pros from your area on Tuesday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check out the locations for each of the local ACA gatherings.
 

ACA National Conference Community Service Project

As you pack your bags for Portland, don’t forget to include donation items for the 2022 National Conference service project. The Conference Planning Team has chosen to collect items for New Avenues for Youth 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 Hall

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 the hall often to reciprocate that support! 

Exhibit Hall Schedule 
Wednesday, February 9

  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall with Reception (sponsored by Chaco) — Ticket Required

Thursday, February 10

  • 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 
     

Conference Location

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
503-235-7575
 

Conference Hotels

ACA secured room blocks in two lovely hotels that are right next door to each other and across the street from the convention center, Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center and Hotel Eastlund.
 

Volunteer Opportunities

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 Atlas Foyer. 
 

Dress and Weather 

Our conference dress is casual to business casual. The average temperatures for Portland in February are: High: 54°F, Low: 40°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 2022 Sponsors! 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous premier conference sponsors, Markel Insurance, UltraCamp, CampBrain, The Redwoods Group, Ship Camps, Quest Diagnostics, Chaco, and Trinity/HPSI. Thanks as well to our many Friends of Camp who you will find in the program book and mobile app.

We wish you safe travels to Portland. 
See you soon, 
ACA 2022 National Conference Team