ACA, Northland & ACA, Wisconsin Winnekota Leadership Summit


March 31 – April 1, 2023


YMCA Camp St. Croix
532 County Road F
Hudson, WI 54016
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Pricing details below

Please join us for the ACA, Northland & ACA, Wisconsin Winnekota Leadership Summit at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin. This action-packed event will be full of engaging, timely, and last-minute tips and tricks as you prepare for 2023.  

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ACA is committed to providing opportunities to engage in the safest and most enjoyable in-person experience possible. Learn more. 

 Early Bird registration is available through March 1, 2023.

  • Registration includes program and lunch on April 1.
  • Not an ACA Member? Join today for FREE and get the best rates for this event!
  • Those needing lodging will find a variety of options nearby in Hudson, WI. Lodging is not available on-site.

Scholarship Opportunity: ACA, Northland is pleased to offer grants to Northland members to cover registration fees. To apply, complete the Northland Professional Development Grant Application

Type Early-Bird Regular
Member $75 $80


Additional person from same Organization





Student / Retiree $55 $65
Speaker $55 $65


Youth Mental Health First Aid - March 31, 2023

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is designed to teach individuals how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Registration includes program, course materials, and lunch. This course is blended, there will be an online portion and in-person training

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Member Cost: $78

Non-Member Cost: $110

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Jack Schott struggles with bureaucracy, loves fun, and secretly stays up late obsessing over businessy stuff. His unique perspective come from his varied background. An engineer, Jack took the first few years post-college to travel the country visiting over 200 camps in 47 states. Building on what he saw, he co-founded Stomping Ground, a non-profit sleepaway camp inspiring radical empathy and co-founded The Summer Camp Society. In 2022, Jack trained more than 2000 camp staff at 20+ camps. 

Opening Keynote - 25 Innovative Program Ideas from Coast to Coast

We are going to move fast, talk fast, and bring the energy. Jack has spent the last 10 years scouring the country looking for incredible (and incredibly inexpensive) ways to develop engaging, impactful, and memorable programs. You will leave with a few small ideas you can try this summer and a handful of larger ideas to ponder. You won't love all these ideas, but you won't be bored. 

Winnekota Leadership Summit Schedule With Session Descriptions

Friday, March 31

  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Registration
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Winnekota Kick-Off Workshop with Jack Schott 

Training Staff to Curate Choice: Decision making is a skill, and we learn this skill by making choices. Building choicefulness into our programs is hard - especially when youth don't often get a voice. Trusting staff to facilitate autonomous environments can be scary- especially when they have not experienced this themselves. We will share training techniques and frames to build safe, impactful, fun, opportunities at camp which will allow youth to feel powerful and in control, while embracing the complexity that comes with that.

  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner on your own
  • 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Social & Networking at Tattersall Distilling in River Falls, WI

Saturday, April 1

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Welcome & Ice Breakers
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Opening Keynote: 25 Innovative Program Ideas from Coast to Coast by Jack Schott
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Educational Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Camp Tour & Networking
  • 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Educational Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Educational Breakout Sessions
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Closing Activity

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Realistic Restorative Justice Implementation In Youth Programming
  • The Future of Camp - How to Meet Campers' Behavior Needs Through Connection
  • Building A Feedback System That Supports Staff Retention
  • Let's Talk About Sex
  • ACA Accreditation Tips
  • Creating Safe(r) Spaces for LGBTQ+ & Gender-Expansive Youth
  • How to Stay Mindful When Everything Is Moving - Including Me
  • Coaching Your Staff Through Conflict, Difficult Conversations and Challenges at Camp - Brene Brown Style
  • Make the Magic Happen: Programming with Values in Mind
  • Day Camp: IYKYK

YMCA Camp St. Croix is situated on 400 acres of woods, prairies, gardens, and pine-covered bluffs that overlook the St. Croix River National Scenic Riverway, making this a perfect place to connect with nature and each other. YMCA Camp St. Croix is located 20 minutes east of the Twin Cities in Hudson, Wisconsin.

  • Those needing lodging will find a variety of options nearby in Hudson, WI. Lodging is not available on-site.

We invite you to join for a social event on Friday, March 31st!

The Winnekota kick-off workshop will end at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be on your own and then we hope you will join for an evening of networking with other camp folks from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Tattersall Distillery in River Falls, WI. 

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