ACA, Southeastern Camp Conference


November 15-17, 2022


Hilton Charlotte University Pl.
Charlotte, NC


See pricing details below



Please join us for the Southeastern Camp Conference! A variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall and more will be featured. Enjoy a time of inspiration, first-rate professional development, and fun at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC.

Call for Proposals
The Conference Program Committees are accepting proposals for innovative and dynamic sessions that help to support the conference mission: create a community of camp professionals to educate, inspire and prepare them to provide a high-quality camp experience for their staff and campers. Deadline to submit is closed.  

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

Full Conference Registration — Includes opening keynote on Tuesday, November 15 through closing keynote on Thursday, November 17, as well as exhibit halls, socials, luncheon, and networking events.

Commuter — Wednesday Only — Includes breakout sessions, exhibit hall, socials, luncheon, and networking on Wednesday.

Scholarships - The "Pop" Hollandsworth Memorial Scholarship is currently accepting applications for those individuals who are seeking financial support to attend our upcoming Fall Camp Conference. Applicants can request funds to cover registration fees and funds for travel expenses, which will be reimbursed. The application deadline is October 7, 2022.

Not an ACA Member? Join today for FREE and get the best rates for this event!

Early Bird Deadline is October 17, 2022.

Type Early-Bird Regular
1st Person Member $265 $310
1st Person Nonmember $315 $360
Each Additional person from SAME camp - Full Conference Member $245 $296
Each Additional person from SAME camp - Full Conference Nonmember $295 $310
Student/ Retiree Member $95 $95
Student/ Retiree Nonmember $145 $145
Commuter - Wednesday ONLY Member $150 $175
Commuter - Wednesday ONLY Nonmember $190 $225

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Roz and Jed Buck

Roz and Jed Buck will open our conference with an opening keynote titled Love What you Do! Increasing Engagement for You and Your Team.  

This highly interactive session defines engagement and focuses on three key factors that increase engagement at work. The presentation includes a mix of thought-provoking discussion as well as dynamic activities to empower individuals to increase their own engagement as well as encourage managers to increase the engagement of the teams they lead.

photo of closing Keynote speaker Trevor Dunlap

Trevor Dunlap will close our conference. During this closing keynote, we will revisit a time where screens didn’t obscure our vision; where human interaction wasn’t mediated through posts and qualified by “likes”; where we sat eye-to-eye, connected over the simplest of tools; where friends were made by simply asking, “Want to play?” Join us as we tap into our intra-kindergartener-consciousness and explore the renewed promise of the first teambuilding activity we ever knew – the power of Play! During this Playnote we will unpack how we can flip our perspective and build upon our conference connections to create lasting networks through purposeful play!

Hilton Charlotte

We are excited to be at the Lakeside Hilton Charlotte University Place. Located just off I-85 and adjacent to UNC Charlotte and the Shoppes at University Place. Work out in the fitness center, have a relaxing swim in the outdoor swimming pool, and recharge after a long summer camp season.

Your room reservation includes:

  • Check-In 3:00 pm and Check-Out Time is 12:00 pm
  • Complimentary Self Parking
  • Complimentary Wireless

ACA Rooms Rates:

  • $139/Night - Single/Double plus applicable sale and room tax

Reserve Your Room Today

Reserve your room by Monday, October 23, 2022!

Monday, November 14 – Preconference Sessions

  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — New Director Orientation- First half        
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — EPIC Workshop with Jim Cain
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Youth Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday, November 15

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Jim Cain’s Adventure Trail Workshop
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — New Director Orientation – Second half 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Youth Mental Health First Aid 
  • 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - New Comer's Orientation
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Opening Keynote Session with Roz & Jed Buck
  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - State Meetings
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Network and Conference Social/Reception

Wednesday, November 16

  • 9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m. - Educational Breakout Session ( 5 sessions)
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Exhibit Hall & Coffee Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Educational Breakout Session ( 5 sessions)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Exhibit Hall
  • 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Educational Breakout Session ( 5 sessions)
  • 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Exhibit Hall & Snack Break
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Educational Breakout Session ( 5 sessions)

Thursday, November 17

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.- Educational Breakout Session ( 4 sessions)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Educational Breakout Session ( 5 sessions)
  • 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m. - Closing Keynote with Trevor Dunlop

To view full session descriptions, see Full Conference Schedule



EPIC Workshop with Jim Cain

Join teambuilding guru Dr. Jim Cain for an active afternoon filled with activities and ideas for helping your community! Learn how to engage the unengaged, and best of all, connect with other professionals in the camping world.

Monday, November 14 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Member $49; Nonmember $79

Jim Cain's Adventure Trail Workshop

Join teambuilding Guru Dr. Jim Cain for a brand new, cost effective approach to team development that is literally as easy as a walk in the park.

Tuesday, November 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Member $49; Nonmember $79 

Lunch is not provided for this event.

New Director Orientation (NDO) 

The course if full- please reach out to 

NDO is an interactive course that includes activities, lectures, and discussions in a group problem-solving environment designed to address real-life situations at camp. This course covers five critical areas to help directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. The core areas covered include:

  1. leadership and supervision
  2. camper and staff development and behavior
  3. staff training
  4. risk management
  5. evaluation and assessment

Monday, November 14 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Member $110; Nonmember $145 

Lunch is not provided either day, but there will be breaks and participants are welcome to bring snacks and lunch with them.

Youth Mental Health First Aid 

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. This course is catered to camp professionals and offers camp specific scenarios.

This course is blended, there will be an online portion and in-person. Lunch is not provided either day, but there will be breaks and participants are welcome to bring snacks and lunch with them.

Monday: 1:00p.m.-5p.m. & Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:30p.m.

Member $80; Nonmember $150

Register for a Pre-Conference Today!

The exhibit hall date is November 16.

Exhibitors can begin setup at 8am and take down is 4pm.

For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Bruno.

 Tuesday, November 15-Thursday, November 17 Conference Schedule

Full Conference Schedule with Session Descriptions 

Additional information and breakout session information coming soon!

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