ACA Winnekota Leadership Summit


March 22-23, 2024


University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University Center
River Falls, WI 54022
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Please join us for the ACA, Northland and ACA, Wisconsin Winnekota Leadership Summit at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. Bring yourself, your full-time teams, and your seasonal leaders to this can't miss leadership summit. It promises to get you fired up for summer 2024 with engaging and timely breakout sessions and last-minute tips.

Early Bird registration is available through February 22, 2024

  • Conference registration includes the afternoon workshop and evening social on Friday, March 22 through the closing activity on Saturday, March 23. Lunch is provided for conference attendees on Saturday.
  • The Saturday commuter rates includes all conference programming on Saturday March 23, as well as lunch that day.
  • Not an ACA member? Join today for FREE and get the best rates for this event!
Type Early-Bird Regular
Member $120 $150


Additional person from same Organization - Member



Additional person from same Organization - Non-Member $115 $135
Student / Retiree $80 $110
Speaker $80 $110
Commuter Rate (Saturday only) - Member $90 $100
Commuter Rate (Saturday only) - Non-Member $100 $130


Trevor Dunlap Profile Pic

Trevor Dunlap, Executive Director of Nuhop and Co-Founder of Switchback Designs is passionate about experiential learning and loves fostering creative environments where people can succeed through self-discovery and teamwork. His high energy and zeal creates a contagious atmosphere of transforming fun where people can develop a new appreciation of themselves and their peers.

Trevor is the co-author of Team Building from the Toyaisle and Crowdwords: Doing a Lot with a Little, as well as the designer of CrowdCubes, Pathfinder, and Performance Cubed, experiential tools used across the globe.

Trevor and his wife Sarah enjoy taking their three children on adventures, and can often be found trail running/hiking, skiing, and working the soil in their family garden.

Saturday Playnote

Let's put an exclamation point on the 2024 Winnekota Leadership Summit. During this 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 simple 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! Participants will walk away feeling renewed, excited to engage, and equipped with interactive activities they can use right away!

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Friday, March 22

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Optional Camp Tour of Camp St. Croix

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own

  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Welcome to Winnekota!

  • 2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshop

Teambuilding from the Toy Aisle with Trevor Dunlap: It's time to open grandma's game closet and re-see some of the many toy and game classics (and new to you crowd favorites) in a new light. Using elements of game design and experiential theories, we will deconstruct a wide range of existing mass-market games and re-envision them for use and purposeful, engaging tools for team building and staff development applications.

This workshop will include a variety of activities that will include Icebreakers, Energizers, Problem-solving activities, Diversity and Inclusion Games, and Debriefing tools. Come prepared to laugh and learn, and go home with multiple new activities that are sure to reinvigorate your programs.

  • 5:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Evening Social & Networking


Saturday, March 23

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome 

  • 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Opening Playnote with Trevor Dunlap

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Educational Breakout Sessions

  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Networking Activity

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Educational Breakout Sessions

  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Educational Breakout Sessions

  • 3:50 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Closing Activity

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • CampWell Through The Year
  • Crystal Clear Communications Through Story
  • Creating a Culture of Belonging: Implementing a (DEI-centered) Staff Mentor Program
  • Elevate Your Camp Experience: Secrets of Staff Retention & Leadership Power!
  • Cracking Your Can of Calm: A step by step guide to managing emergencies and evacuations in the field
  • The ABC's of Behavior Management
  • Keeping Your Waterfront Safe and Fun: Implications on the National Water Safety Action Plan on ACA Camps
  • From Surviving to Thriving: A Coaching Model for Camp Staff Success
  • The Intersection of Nature, Play, and Belonging
  • Leading With Hope: The Science of Hope at Camp
  • Hot Topics Roundtables
  • ACA Accreditation Conversation
  • Building a Leadership Development Program

Full Schedule with Session Descriptions

UWRF University Center

 This year's Winnekota Leadership Summit will be held at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in the University Center. The University Center is in the heart of campus and is a vibrant and welcoming gathering place where meaningful connections and lasting memories are made.

Hotel Information

Lodging arrangements will need to be made on your own. There are many hotel options that you can check out between River Falls, Wisconsin and Hudson, Wisconsin. 

We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate at the Radisson Hotel River Falls. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 715-425-1045 and let them know you are with Winnekota.

To take advantage of the discounted Radisson Hotel River Falls rate please register by February 22, 2024. Reservations after this date will be accepted based on room availability at the best available rate. 

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