Kindred and Other Events: 2019 National Conference

*Note: Registration for the Accreditation Process and Visitor Update Workshops must be completed separate from the conference.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis so be sure to preregister.

Association of Camp Nursing Symposium (ACN)
February 18-20, 2019
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
The Association of Camp Nursing Symposium is intended to provide education and information about camp health.  There will be a variety of sessions around health, wellness, and safety.  Skilled presenters will create an interactive and educational experience for participants on topics of interest to those invested in quality camp health services.  To learn more about ACN and the educational symposium, go to www.campnurse.org

Register through ACN. www.campnurse.org.

For more information, contact Tracey Gaslin, Executive Director, acn@campnurse.org, 502-232-2945, or visit www.campnurse.org.

 

Beyond Bathrooms: Creating Transgender Affirming Community at Camp and Beyond Pre-Conference
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
This workshop is a deep dive into transgender language, pronouns, common assumptions, challenges and much more! Beyond Bathrooms is appropriate both for those who may not know a lot about trans identity/experience and also for folks who are more familiar with trans issues and topics and are ready to create more trans-inclusive practices within their camp community. This workshop is a great opportunity to close the gap between wanting to affirm trans and non-binary members of your community and actually having the skills to make that happen.
Note:  Event is limited to 30 participants.  Seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Presenter: Meg Bolger, The Venture Out Project
Sponsor: The American Camp Association, Inc.

Registration Fee: $75 ACA members, $90 nonmembers

Register through ACA


Boy Scouts of America Kindred Meeting (BSA)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Join members of the Outdoor Programs and Properties team to discuss the latest in outdoor programing and camp related issues.  Scouts BSA in camp will be a primary topic.

To register, or for more information, Rob Kolb, at robert.kolb@scouting.org or 972 580-2407.

 

Camp Owners & Directors Association Pre-Conference (CODACON)
February 17-19, 2019
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Fresh and redesigned for 2019! CODACON is a conference event run by camp professionals from all over the country. The program will offer camp owners, directors and other summer camp pros the opportunity to share and exchange ideas with one another, while also learning from experts in the business world and beyond. Social events will be a major part of CODACON 2019 because we believe that much of the best growth comes from those fun and interactive experiences. We hope to see you there! www.coda.camp

Registration Fee Before 12/15/18:  $425 CODA members, $475 CODA nonmembers
Registration Fee After 12/15/18: $450 CODA members, $500 CODA nonmembers

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Cliff Lissner, cliff@chippewaranchcamp.com, 312-593-0246.

 

Camps on Campus Pre-Conference (COC)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Are you running camp or youth programs on a college, university, or independent campus? Join other professionals who understand the challenges of running programs on a campus setting or an off-campus university property: youth protection, managing the risks of having underage participants on campus, best practices, policies and procedures, and staff training. Experience a half-day of collaboration, connecting with peers, and sharing ideas. You belong: whether you are an administrator, compliance expert, program director, or camp director who oversees one or many programs. Build your network. Bring your questions. Bring your knowledge.

Registration Fee: $75 ACA members, $90 nonmembers
Sponsored by CampDoc.com

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Tim Huchton, thuchton@ACAcamps.org, or 765-349-3539.

 

DECA’s 2019 International Diabetes Camping Conference
February 17-18, 2019
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - Monday, 9:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
“Best Practices” in diabetes care at camp will be the central theme of the conference.  Learn about how the latest diabetes care treatments and technologies can be successfully utilized at camp.  Discuss fun and motivational approaches to teaching children how to thrive with diabetes.   Converse about the opportunities and challenges that diabetes camps face.  Learn about how others effectively manage the operation of their diabetes camping businesses. Enjoy sharing ideas and experiences with our community of diabetes camping professionals.  Monday Lunch provided.

Registration Fee: $225/person

To register and for more information, visit https://www.diabetescamps.org/other-programs/overview.

Questions? Contact Terry Ackley, info@diabetescamps.org or 239-984-3554.

 

EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) Pre-Conference
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Join Travis and Beth Allison for a day full of learning and community building at the EPIC National Pre-Conference. This session will give you new insight into creating lasting impact and further developing positive relationships with staff, campers, parents, and donors.  You’ll leave not only inspired but with concrete ideas to make your next summer your best yet. Learn more about what Travis and Beth do by listening to their podcasts:  CampHacker and Camp Code.

Registration Fee: $50 ACA members, $60 nonmembers
If attending the EPIC event only — a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Ruby Compton, ruby@rubyoutdoors.com, 828-585-7829, or visit www.ACAcamps.org/epic/.

 

Girl Scout Camp Professionals Kindred Session (GS)
Monday, February 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
During our time together, we will share best practices on staff recruitment and retention, managing risk, providing leadership through high adventure, and on staff training,  We’ll share with you all that’s new at GSUSA, including a sneak peak of new badges coming your way next summer and changes to Safety Activity Checkpoints. 

Registration Fee: $75/person
If attending the Girl Scout Kindred only — a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Sharon Baade at sbaade@girlscouts.org or 802-598-7903. 

 

International Camping Fellowship Pre-Conference Camp Tour (ICF)
February 17-19, 2019
Offsite
This tour of Nashville-area youth programs and camps is open to everyone and will include, in addition to sightseeing, facilitated discussions of camp and youth programs in the US and around the world.  Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods.  Fee of $200 includes transportation, program fees, snacks, and four meals, but does not include hotel.  The tour will be based at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and the Best Western Plus, Nashville Airport, with transportation from both locations to scheduled sites each day.  For information about reservations for rooms at reduced rates at either site, email lgpulliam@gmail.com. On Feb. 19, participants will be transported to the conference hotel for the ACA Conference.  Contact Linda Pulliam, lgpulliam@gmail.com for additional information. Itinerary will be posted in late fall. 

Registration Fee: $200
If attending the ICF Kindred only — a $15 processing fee will be added to the registration cost.

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Linda Pulliam lgpulliam@gmail.com, 919-603-0317, or visit www.campingfellowship.org.

 

ACA New Director Orientation Training (NDO)
Monday, February 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
The ACA New Director Orientation (NDO) is a one-day course for seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp positions. The course includes an overview of all the aspects of the director's job with the primary focus on the summer operation.  (Lunch is not included.)  Limited to 30 participants.  Registration available on a first come, first served basis.

Registration Fee: $109 ACA members, $139 nonmembers
Register through ACA

For more information, contact Brandon Mitchell, bmitchell@ACAcamps.org, or 765-342-1341.

 

Not for Profit Council Program and Breakfast (NFP)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Join other professionals from not-for-profit camps for a breakfast to celebrate the work of the Council. Hear more about ACA’s ongoing research, how that research benefits nonprofit camps, and the importance of supporting ACA research. This breakfast is a perfect place to network with old and meet new friends, hear important updates, and learn about new opportunities.  This is a ticketed event.

Registration Fee: $25/person

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Grechen Throop at gthroop@ACAcamps.org, or 765-349-3517.

 

Religiously Affiliated Camps Cafe (RAC)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Join other professionals from faith-based camps for coffee and bagels, plus conversation and community building. This is a perfect place to network with old and meet new friends, hear important updates, and learn about new opportunities.

For more information, contact Grechen Throop at gthroop@ACAcamps.org or 765-349-3517.

 

Special Needs Kindred Meeting
February 17-19, 2019
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.
The Center for Courageous Kids (located just one hour north of Nashville, TN)
1501 Burnley Rd.
Scottsville, KY 42164
Before heading to the ACA National Conference, join camp professionals of all levels from around the country for an engaging and energizing time focused on camps that serve children and adults with special needs, medical needs, or disabilities. We will discuss current trends in programming, fundraising, staffing, camper recruitment, and more. Of course, there will be plenty of fun, hands on sessions as well as networking opportunities!

For information on how to register and more information, contact Emily Cosby, Emily@courageouskids.org or 270.618.2900  (ext. 233). 

 

The Salvation Army Camping and Outdoor Ministries Kindred Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A gathering of Salvation Army camping colleagues to share ideas that inspire and challenge.  To celebrate community and discuss opportunities present and on the horizon to keep our ministry moving forward.  We’ll pray together and share a meal as well.

To register and for more information, contact Ed Covert, ed.covert@usw.salvationarmy.org, or 831-461-2005. 

 

YMCA Camping Pre-Conference Kindred Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37013
YMCA will provide round trip bus transportation from Gaylord Opryland.

Participate in an outstanding Y camping network gathering and be inspired by one of the Ys excellent overnight and day camp facilities at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center, a part of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.   Enjoy a tour of the camp and hear an update on Y camping advancement, youth development and Camp Cabinet strategic priorities.  Round trip bus will depart Gaylord Opryland at 8:30 am and return by 1:00pm.  Lunch will be included in the kindred event. 

Registration Fee: $0

Register through ACA

For more information, contact Jeff Merhige, jmerhige@ymcamidtn.org or 615-360-2267.