2022 ACA Staffing Summit


October 24-26, 2022




See pricing details below.

ACA Inc., ACA, New York and New Jersey, and ACA, New England are proud to present the 2022 Staffing Summit.

The 2022 Staffing Summit will feature critical learning, speaker panels, roundtables and engaging sessions spanning three days.  The virtual delivery of the conference increases the benefits of convenience and value while preserving the great networking and timely information which are hallmarks of ACA conferences.  We will share practical solutions around addressing the staffing shortage, innovative ways to recruit staff and best practices for staff retention. 

The 2022 Staffing Summit will offer 45 sessions on out of the box ways to connect with staff, virtual job fairs and interviewing, recruiting specialized staff, and so much more.  Session recordings will be available to attendees. Each day will have featured speakers, keynote presentations from industry thought leaders and networking opportunities to share resources and ideas.  Don’t miss one of the most important events of the season!

Early-bird deadline ends September 26, 2022. Registration fee includes access to recorded sessions for 30 days following the conference.

Type Early-Bird Regular
Member $50 $175
Nonmember $100 $150
Student/EPIC Member $25 $60
Student/EPIC Nonmember $45 $80

Keynote speakers Sarah Sladek (Monday), Jason Jones, Ph.D. (Tuesday) and Simone Gamble (Wednesday) will address working with the current generation of entry level workers, the brain science of engagement and expanding the camp workforce with a DEI lens.

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Generations at Camp: Solving the Generational Tug-of-War in Your WorkforceThe times they are a changin'. Here and now, many camps have found themselves at a crossroads.  Staff turnover and retirement waves make it difficult to manage teams and maintain stability.  And how do you keep the peace when the expectations of young staff threaten to dismantle the traditions cherished by older staff?  More than ever, generational differences are challenging camps, but finding and keeping talent doesn't have to feel like an endless game of tug of war.  Sarah Sladek is a renowned generational and employee engagement researcher who has worked with organizations worldwide.  She brings to the stage an entertaining, solution-oriented approach to increase employee engagement ad foster multi-generational team building.

Photo of Jason Jones

Dr. Jason Jones equips leaders to energize, engage, and activate the best in themselves and their people.  He is an organizational psychologist, keynote speaker, two-time best selling author, and executive coach.  He has been featured by Inc. magazine, CBS, ABC, FOX, and PBS.  His client list includes some of the world's most recognized brands, including American Airlines, Porsche, Boeing, AT&T, McKesson, Seagate Technology, and Ericsson to name just a few.


Simone Gamble

Simone Gamble is the founder of OAAARS (Organizer.Activist.Artist.Advcate.Referral.System), a people of color-led consultancy that provides social justice-centered education and training to create safer and inclusive workplaces while cultivating change agents in the workplace and beyond.  Simone has been active in the camping world since she was as child of 10 at day camp.  At 18, she was hired as a camp counselor at a camp in Upstate New York where she spent over 10 years of her camping career ranging in roles from counselor to Assistant Camp Director.  She has consulted with over 25 camps across the nation to support them in their push to be more aligned with their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice goals.

All events in Eastern Time

Monday, October 24, 2022

Collaboration Hub 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Keynote: Sarah Sladek 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Educational Sessions 1:10PM - 4:20PM

Collaboration Hub 4:30PM - 5:00PM

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Collaboration Hub 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Keynote: Jason Jones 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Educational Sessions 1:10PM - 4:20PM

Collaboration Hub 4:30PM - 5:00PM

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Collaboration Hub 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Educational Sessions 12:00PM - 3:10PM

Keynote: Simone Gamble 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Submission deadline September 14, 2022 

Please submit your session proposal here.
Choose your name and use the conference title "2022 ACA Staffing Summit"

The 2022 ACA Staffing Summit is an online/virtual conference, October 24 -26, 2022, that will include breakout sessions related to summer camp staffing issues and challenges. Lectures, facilitated discussions, and panel presentations are welcome.  Sessions are 50 minutes.

The Program Review Committee is accepting proposals for sessions that identify successes and best practices in summer camp staff recruiting, hiring, and retention. Of particular interest are presentations related to:

  • Recruitment/development of diverse staff, specialized staff, international staff, and male staff
  • Cutting edge recruiting tools, processes, and methods (including virtual platforms)
  • The hiring process – communicating with potential staff, screening and interviewing techniques
  • Staff micro-evaluations, motivation, and retention
  • Value-added elements of staffing (trainings, certifications, lifelong skill development)
  • General issues related to staffing (J-1 visas, COVID-related restrictions, staff pay and remuneration)
  • Staffing needs related supervisory level or mid-management camp professionals
  • Supporting the emotional and mental health needs of staff

Prior to completing the proposal, please review the intended outcomes below. All presentations should relate to one or more of the outcomes; selection of presentation proposals will be made based on this relationship. 

Intended Outcomes

As a result of participating in the 2022 ACA Staffing Summit, camping professionals will:

  • Gain cutting edge information about recruiting high performing staff;
  • Learn valuable skills for keeping staff motivated;
  • Brainstorm solutions with peers from around the country;
  • Add valuable resources to hiring practices;
  • Acquire techniques to increase staff retention;
  • Learn strategies for meeting the mental health needs of staff.

Speaker Policy. The primary purpose of a keynote, plenary session, general session, workshop, or breakout session at an ACA conference is education. Conference speakers may be professional educators and consultants who work with camps, corporations, schools, and other organizations. Speakers may include a brief description of their professional work as part of their introduction but may not distribute any promotional materials or promote their business as part of or an entire session. This policy is designed to facilitate the educational needs of ACA, its conference participants, and speakers.  Speakers will receive complimentary registration for the conference.

Please send questions to John Beitner jbeitner@acacamps.org 

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring an ACA event will extend your brand identity and marketing capabilities. For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Bruno.

What our sponsors are saying: "This is a premier event for both of my companies with perfect timing in the annual cycle of staffing and an impressive registration!"

Thanks to our sponsors!

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