ACA, Western Camps Virtual Conference


December 6-7, 2022


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Join us for the ACA, Western Camps Virtual Conference on December 6-7, 2022.  This two-day online conference is an affordable and convenient way to connect with other camp professionals and learn about the timeliest information around the challenges impacting the camp industry.  Highlights include keynotes and breakout sessions related to camp business operations and youth development. Through lectures, facilitated discussions, lightning talks, and panel presentations, our robust slate of speakers and presentations will share practical solutions and lessons learned from last summer to help you prepare for next summer.  Registered attendees will have access to all the recorded sessions for a full month following the conference.   

Early Bird registration is available through November 8, 2022.

  • Registration includes virtual program and recordings of sessions which will be available for 30 days following the event. 
  • Registration also covers complimentary registration to the Wildfire Symposium on December 8.  To take advantage of this offer, contact Betsy Thamert once you have registered for the Western Camps Virtual Conference.
  • Not an ACA Member? Join today for FREE and get the best rates for this event! 


Type Early-Bird Regular
Individual 1st person-member $85 $105
Individual 1st person-non-member $170 $210
Emerging professionals and students-member/non-member $30 $30


Opening Keynote—Dave Schramm

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Known as “Dr. Dave” on campus and across the country, Dave Schramm is an associate professor and family life extension specialist at Utah State University in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. From British Columbia to Beijing, China, and from St. Louis to San Diego, Dr. Dave has given over 500 presentations, classes, and workshops to a variety of audiences, including the United Nations and a TEDx talk in Florida. He married his high school sweetheart Jamie, they have four children, he loves peanut M&Ms, and lives in North Logan, Utah.

Happy Hacks for Becoming Better After the Bitter

Since 2020 our lives have been bombarded with negativity, stress, and countless threats to our emotional well-being, work, and closest relationships. Unfortunately, this negativity sticks in our brain like velcro and easily seeps into both our personal and professional lives. Perhaps there are lessons we can learn as we look back and then move forward in positive ways. Starting with the three needs as a foundation, Dr. Dave uses stories and humor as he provides four principles for becoming better after experiencing the bitter, including some simple science-backed “happy hacks” to boost both our positivity and productivity as well as our mood and attitude at home and at work—starting today.

All times are Pacific Time

December 6, 2022

  • 9:30 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.--Tuesday General Session and Morning Keynote
  • 11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.--Breakout Session 1 (3 breakouts including Lightning Round 1)
  • 1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.--Breakout Session 2 (3 breakouts including Lightning Round 2)
  • 3:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.--Tuesday Afternoon Keynote

December 7, 2022

  • 9:30 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.--Wednesday General Session and Keynote                       
  • 11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.--Breakout Session 3 (3 breakouts)
  • 1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.--Breakout Session 4 (3 breakouts)  
  • 2:05 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.--Closing Remarks
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.--Affinity Group Conversations

Submission deadline is October 3, 2022. 

Please submit your session proposal here.

Lectures, interactive sessions, and panel discussions are welcome.  Of particular interest are presentations related to camp business operations and youth development.

Breakout sessions are one hour long.  Presenters also have the option to share content in a "lightning round" session which is 20 minutes long.  For questions or additional information, contact Betsy Thamert (, 765-342-1349).



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