ACA, Upstate New York Fall Camp Conference


December 8, 2022
9:00 am – 3:30 pm


Camp Stella Maris
4395 E Lake Rd
Livonia, New York 14487
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See pricing details below

Save the dates!

Please join us for the Upstate New York Fall Camp Conference!  A variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and more will be featured. We will kick off the full conference on Thursday, December 8 with our keynote speaker Jack Schott, of the Summer Camp Society.

Enjoy a time of inspiration, first-rate professional development, and fun at Camp Stella Maris in Livonia, NY. 

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Early Bird Registration is available through November 7, 2022. 

  • Registration includes full day of professional development, networking, and luncheon
Type Early-Bird Regular




Non-Member $110 $130
Additional person from same organization





Retiree / Student $45 $45



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Bringing the Best to Upstate New York- Innovative Ideas From Coast to Coast 

Jack Schott is a co-founder of The Summer Camp Society and Camp Stomping Ground. Jack and Laura Kriegel spent three years traveling the country visiting and researching summer camps before founding Stomping Ground. They visited more than 200 camps and 47 states collecting the best ideas in youth development and re-imagining what is possible in an intentional community. During Jack’s keynote, he will be sharing some of the most impactful ideas that he has learned throughout his travels, and how we can incorporate these same forward-thinking ideas at our own camps back home in Upstate New York.


Our event will be held at Camp Stella Maris in Livonia, NY. For 96 years Camp Stella Maris has been a home away from home for campers to try new and exciting things, meet new friends, and challenge themselves. Located just 30 minutes south of Rochester on the shores of Conesus Lake.


Camp Stella Maris can provide lodging for those participating in pre-conference events or who wish to arrive the night before the conference. Folks can directly reach out to the camp at to reserve a space. 

The cost is $25 for the night and there is no food provided but the camp has a kitchen and fridge for guests to use.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

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. 

10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Member $65; Nonmember $100

New Director Orientation

New Director Orientation (NDO) 

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

In addition to building skills, this curriculum incorporates introspection, perspective-shifting, and awareness building. This course has been influenced by years of iteration, internal and external research, and feedback from new directors. NDO is designed to be offered at the local or regional level by interested ACA volunteers. Completion of this training results in seven continuing education credits (CECs) for ACA members. 

9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Member $100; Nonmember $145

Register Today!

Schedule at a Glance Upstate New York 2022 Fall Camp Conference 

Wednesday, December 7 – Preconference 

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – New Director Orientation 

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Youth Mental Health First Aid 

Thursday, December 8  

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Check-In  

  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions: Icebreakers 

  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Opening Keynote with Jack Schott: Restorative Justice 

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Keynote Debrief & Discussion

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Luncheon and Tabletop Discussions  

  • 1:00p.m. -1:15p.m. - Local Council Of Leaders Update

  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Tabletop Discussion Share

  • 2:00p.m. -2:45p.m.  -MESH ( Mental, Emotional, Social, Health) session 

  • 2:45p.m.. – 3:00 p.m. – Closing Session  

Detailed Conference Schedule-  more information coming soon!

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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