ACA, Michigan Fall Gathering


October 9-10, 2024


Camps Leelanau & Kohahna
1653 S Port Oneida Rd.
Maple City, MI 49664
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Please join us for the ACA, Michigan Fall Gathering! Join fellow camp and youth development professionals for top-notch education and networking opportunities at Camps Leelanau & Kohahna in Maple City, MI. The Fall Gathering will feature preconference camp tours, a keynote speaker, educational breakout sessions, and chances to explore programming ideas.

Early Bird registration is available through September 13, 2024

  • Registration for the conference and camp tours includes the full conference program, transportation to each camp on the tour, dinner on October 9th as well as lunch on October 10th.
  • Registration for the conference includes the full conference program and lunch on October 10th. 
  • Affordable group lodging is available at Camps Leelanau& Kohahna. Check the site information tab for additional details.
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Type Early-Bird Regular
October 9 & 10 - Includes Local Camp Tour & Fall Gathering Registration    
Member $95 $115
Non-Member $127 $147
Additional person from same organization - Member $85 $95
Additional person from same organization - Non-Member $103 $118
Seasonal Camp Staff  / Student / Retiree $75 $85
Speaker $75 $85
October 9 - Local Camp Tours Registration (day only)    
Member / Non-Member (fee includes transportation & dinner) $28 $28
October 10 - Fall Gathering Registration (day only)    
Member $70 $90
Non-Member $105 $125
Additional person from same organization - Member $60 $75
Additional person from same organization - Non-Member $85 $100
Seasonal Camp Staff  / Student / Retiree $53 $63
Speaker $53 $63

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check-in for Pre-Conference Camp Tours
  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Camp Tours
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Social Activity

Thursday, October 10, 2024

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration / Social Time
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Welcome & Icebreakers
  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Explore Activities at Camps Leelanau & Kohahna
  • 11:15 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Activity Breakout Debrief
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Educational Breakout Sessions
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote with Heather Shumaker

Heather Shumaker

Heather Shumaker is an author and national speaker. Her renegade parenting books, It's OK not to Share and It's OK to Go Up the Slide, promote play, risk-taking, and emotional and social learning and have been translated into French, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and other languages. Heather Shumaker is also the author of Saving Arcadia, a narrative nonfiction book about Great Lakes land conservation that's been called a "page-turning environmental action thriller." It's won state and national awards including: Michigan Notable Book Award, Eric Hoffer Award finalist, and Next Generation Indie Book - Environment Winner.

Heather holds a BA in sociology/anthropology from Swarthmore College and an MS in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Traverse City with her husband and two children. Her newest book is The Griffins of Castle Cary, an award-winning adventure for kids ages 8-12. She co-hosts BookSmitten, a new podcast focused on children's books. 

Closing Keynote: Giving the Gift of Risk

Childhood is a time of risk, and there's no better place to explore that than at camp. We'll take a look at types of healthy risk, and ways you can welcome more open-ended play and risk-taking at all stripes into your camp program.


Join us on Wednesday, October 9th for a fantastic day of touring camps and the opportunity to connect with others. We will visit three different camps. 

YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha

YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is an all girls YMCA residential camp that offers a dynamic combination of wilderness experiences and traditional on site activities. Located on beautiful Arbutus Lake, with cozy cabins and lodges, operating since 1914. This year they are celebrating their 110th summer. Highlights of the tour include the T. Grace Macdonald Lodge built in 2004, Trailside Lodge built in 1920 as well as the rustic cabins, waterfront area and our transformed trip center.

Lake Ann Camp & Retreat Center

Camp Carvela


The Fall Gathering will be held at Camps Leelanau & Kohahna in Maple City, Michigan set on 220 acres abutting the Lake Michigan shoreline in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This gorgeous location produces a natural outdoor classroom to remember!


Affordable group style lodging is available on Wednesday, October 9. 

  • Participants can choose from rustic, unheated cabins with a bathhouse nearby or heated bunkhouse with ensuite bathrooms. 
  • Participants will need to provide their own linens and towels.
  • Dinner and breakfast will be served for overnight guests. 

Rustic Cabin Lodging - $40

Cabin Lodging - $53

Lodging is limited. When registering, please select which lodging option in step 4.




  • Title Sponsor - $3,000
  • Keynote Sponsor - $2,000
  • Session Sponsor - $1,000
  • Snack/break Sponsor - $500

Sponsors can choose to have a table at the event.  However, there is no unopposed time. This is not an exhibiting event.

Contact Kim Fitzgerald for exhibitor questions and sponsorship packages and details.