ACA, Oregon Trail and Evergreen Cascadia Camp Conference


October 18-20, 2022


Stampfer Retreat Center at Camp Solomon Schechter
Olympia, WA
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See pricing details below.



Please join us for the Cascadia Camp Conference!  Highlights include Emily Golinsky’s opening keynote, dynamic and relevant breakout sessions, an exhibit hall, and time to network with fellow camp professionals.  Enjoy a time of inspiration, first-rate professional development, and fun at Stampfer Retreat Center at Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, WA.

Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals for Cascadia is now open.  Lectures, hands-on sessions, and panel discussions are welcome.  Of particular interest are sessions related to DEI, camper and staff mental health, customer service, staff training, cultural appropriation, parent communication, creative program ideas, and Native American history and culture, however all topics are welcome.  Sessions are 75 minutes long.  Submit a Session Proposal

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Early Bird registration is available through September 20, 2022.

  • Registration includes conference program, 2 nights cabin -style lodging (Tuesday and Wednesday), and six meals (Tuesday dinner, Wednesday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Thursday breakfast and lunch). 
  • A limited number of single and double rooms with a shared jack and jill bathroom are available for an additional fee. Rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis. See Stampfer Retreat Center  tab for additional details.
  • Commuter registration is available for those staying offsite and includes conference program and six meals (Tuesday dinner, Wednesday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Thursday breakfast and lunch). 
  • Not an ACA Member? Join today for FREE and get the best rates for this event! 
Type Early-Bird Regular
Individual 1st Person-member $215 $275
Individual 1st Person-nonmember-


Additional person from same camp-member $190 $250
Additional person from same camp-non-member $290 $350
Student/Retiree-member/non-member $155 $215
Commuter-member $145 $205
Commuter-non-member $225 $305
Speaker $150 $150

Opening Keynote Speaker - Emily Golinsky

Emily Golinsky

Emily is a keynote speaker and presenter, leading sessions including most recently: creatively addressing staffing shortages, helping staff advocate appropriately, supporting neurodiverse youth, trauma-informed care, de-escalation of behavioral crisis situations, self-care, and mental health needs for staff, implementing mental health systems at camp, positive behavior management, and restorative justice. She has been published in Camping Magazine and has appeared on the Day Camp Pod and the Project Real Job blog. 

Emily’s sessions are described as “tremendously helpful,” “definitely not the same-old,” “fun and informative” and “not to be missed – a reason to come to the conference.” Emily is the founder of Bright Moose LLC. She provides training, coaching, consultation and professional development to camps, schools, and youth organizations, guided by the motto “Help Others Shine Bright!”

Opening Keynote-Help! My Staff Are Holding Me Hostage!

Today’s staff are certainly not afraid to share their opinions or speak up when they think something is wrong or unjust. But when does well-intentioned advocacy cross the line into unacceptable workplace behavior? How can we encourage staff to share their needs with supervisors constructively, rather than resorting to ultimatums and even outright aggressive interactions? How can we accept the real, meaningful input they are seeking to share, when they don’t have any understanding of how camp operations truly work from a logistics and budgetary standpoint? This session will answer those questions and more, and you’ll leave with concrete strategies to use when staff offer ill-timed, misplaced or simply mis-considered “advice” to leadership.

Closing Keynote Speaker - Yatiel Owens

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Yatiel Owens, MSW, is excited to be presenting at the ACA Cascadia Conference. Yatiel loves camp and has been working in the camp world for over 30 years, starting when she was 15. Yatiel’s time at camp, inspired her to attain a degree in social work to work with children, families, and communities. Yatiel is looking forward to sharing tips to help us move forward into the years to come. During this past year, she has been engaged in conversations regarding hope, love, and resilience for our youth and ourselves — for the generations now and our seven generations to come.




 All Times are Pacific Time

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.--Registration & Check-in
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.--Welcome and Opening Keynote
  • 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.--Educational Session 1
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.--Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. –                   Evening Campfire and Networking

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

  • 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.--Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.--Educational Session 2
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.--Roundtable Discussions
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.--Lunch and Spotlight Award
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.--Camp Tour
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.--Educational Session 3
  • 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.--Social Time and Exhibitor Showcase
  • 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.--Dinner with our Exhibitors
  • 7:30 p.m. –                   Networking

Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.--Breakfast and Check-out
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.--Educational Session 4
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.--Closing Keynote
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.--Lunch and departure

Breakout sessions include: 

Warm Body or Burning Building?

Emily Golinsky, Bright Moose Training

Often our staff get sorted into categories – “rock star,” “getting it done,” “warm body,” etc. But when is enough, enough? When do staff go beyond being tolerable (with much effort), and instead has become a drain on resources and morale? And once we identify potentially “toxic” staff who are affecting others’ experiences, what do we do about it? How much energy do we put into coaching/propping up staff who are setting (theoretical) fires all over the place for the sake of ratios? This session will address the reality that many of us find ourselves in during a hiring shortage: making the best of not-the-best staff (it’s really ok!), and having to deal with decision-making for those that, in hindsight, might not have been the best.Hire.EVER!

Cultural Appropriation & the 5Fs

Leilani Nussman, The Northwest School

What is Cultural Appropriation really? What is the difference between appropriation and appreciation? Through a concrete example of her identity, Leilani will share a variety of ways to understand other cultures and why some of them are problematic. We will also discuss your own examples, think about how your own identity shapes your worldview.

Considerations for Implementing Mental Health & Behavioral Supports

Emily Golinsky, Bright Moose Training

Considering adding Inclusion/Intervention/Behavioral staff to your team? Don’t know what, exactly, you need, but you DO know that something needs to change? Where do you begin? Each camp has vastly different needs in this emerging, complex area. This session will help you determine the logistical, ethical, financial and other concerns involved as you evaluate the best way to address the rising needs amongst your campers and staff for behavioral, mental and emotional health supports. We’ll talk about identifying/addressing your camp’s needs, determination of internal strengths and evaluation of complicating factors, plus logistics such as costs, structure, and intended outcomes. Most importantly, we’ll answer the question “where do I start?”

Evaluating and Invigorating Your Camp’s Mission, Vision, and Values

Amanda Palmer, University of Idaho - Moscow, ID

Prompted by Debra Jordan and Kim Aycock’s July 2022 call to action in Camping Magazine, this interactive workshop will provide camp professionals an opportunity to zero in on their camp’s mission, vision, and values statements. The purpose of this workshop will be to help camp leaders integrate their stated goals and values into all aspects of marketing, training, and program development. Participants will engage in idea-sharing, program evaluation, and active planning for improvement.

Why Can’t You All Just Get Along?

Emily Golinsky, Bright Moose Training

Some kids are social butterflies – and others might be better described as social awkward tacos. For youth struggling with lagging social skills, navigating the camp experience can be stressful, tiring and ostracizing (in other words, exactly the opposite of what the brochure told Mom it would be!) You don’t have the staff ratio to hold each child’s hand – literally – and get them through camp, but you do need them to start “thinking inside the group.” Come learn the basics of setting up children for social success, including several techniques staff can use to encourage friendship building, scaffold camper interactions, and help “those kids” get out of their own way and make friends at camp!

JEDI Includes Me: Inclusion for Staff with Disabilities

Kirsten French, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes

This session will explore best practices for fully including staff with disabilities into all camp programs. Presenters will specifically focus on small but impactful methods camps can implement. In this session, participants will also have the opportunity to brainstorm simple ways they can adapt their practices to support inclusion. Methods shared in this presentation will focus on small but incredibly impactful practices that will engage JEDI practices through the lens of disability.

Additional sessions and program information coming soon!

Stampfer Retreat Center at Camp Solomon Schechter

The Stampfer Retreat Center is a 175-acre camp venue that provides groups with the relaxation and recreation opportunities that have been available to campers at Camp Solomon Schechter for the past 65 years.  The Retreat Center features a private lake, miles of hiking trails, and newly renovated cabins.

Registration includes 2 nights cabin -style lodging (Tuesday and Wednesday), and six meals (Tuesday dinner, Wednesday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Thursday breakfast and lunch). 

A limited number of single and double rooms with a shared jack and jill bathroom are available for an additional fee.  Rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis.  When registering online, please select this option in step 4.      

  • Single lodging (2 nights) with shared jack and jill bathroom-$100
  • Double lodging (2 nights) with shared jack and jill bathroom-$75 

We have access to all the cabins at Camp Solomon Schechter and there is good opportunity to spread out in terms of housing.  Contact Betsy Thamert, 765-342-1349 if you would like to be in a cabin with a smaller group of people or by yourself.

Commuter registration is available for those who prefer to stay in a motel.  There are several affordable motels nearby. 


The Exhibit Hall will be Wednesday October 19, 2022, 4:15 PM - 7:15 p.m.

Social time and Exhibitor Showcase with host bar and snacks followed by dinner with exhibitors.

Exhibitors can begin setup at 3:30 p.m. and tear down at 7:30 p.m.

For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Bruno.

Thanks to our sponsors!

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