Business of Camp 2024-Virtual


February 27-29, 2024


Business of Camp


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Join us for the second annual Business of Camp virtual event! This 3 day event will be held on Tuesday, February 27- Thursday, February 29 2024 from 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm eastern each day.

Come join us and extend invitations to your team for either a single day or all three! Day one will spotlight site and facilities, day two will center around executive leadership, and day three will culminate with a focus on food service.

Registration is open!

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

Early Bird Registration ends January 25, 2024!


Early Bird


Member-FULL 3 Day $65 $80
Nonmember-Full 3 Day $120 $135
Member/Nonmember-SINGLE DAY-Cooks/Facilities $30 $30
Member/Nonmember-SINGLE Day- Executive  $50 $50

Information & more details coming soon!

* All Times are in EST

Tuesday: Site & Facilities

Full Detailed Schedule- Site and Facilities Day

  • 12:00-1:00: General Session with Jackie Kaminsky
  • 1:10-2:00: Educational Session 1
  • 2:15-2:30: Micro Session 
  • 2:40-3:30: Educational Session 2
  • 3:30-4:30: Collaboration Hubs

Wednesday: Executive 

Full Detailed Schedule-Executive Leadership Day

  • 12:00-1:00: General Session with Melanie Herman
  • 1:10-2:00: Educational Session 1
  • 2:10-3:00: Educational Session 2
  • 3:10-4:00: Educational Session 3
  • 4:05-4:30: Collaboration Hub

Thursday: Food Service

Full Detailed Schedule- Food Service Day

  • 12:00-1:00: General Session with John Cal 
  • 1:10-2:00: Educational Session 1
  • 2:15-2:30: Micro Session 1
  • 2:40-3:30: Educational Session 2
  • 3:30-4:30: Collaboration Hubs


Conference Highlights include:

  • Tracey Gaslin: The Business of Camp Health Services: Foundational Activities for Safe and Supported Care
  • Isaac Mamaysky: Legal Questions Answered
  • Emily Golinsky: What Does My Board Want From Me?
  • Laurie Ehrlich: Marketing Magnetism vs. Communications Charisma
  • Danny Sudman: Funding Camp Sustainability
  • John Cal: Creating Culture and Connecting People through Food Service
  • Rachel Fendell Satinsky: Creating Safe Camp Environments: Harassment Prevention, Policy, Training, and Investigations
  • Jackie Kaminsky: Camp Master Planning
  • Lincoln McLain: Camp Software Panel- Pros/Cons from Camp Professionals
  • Raina Baker: Building A Road Map: DIY Strategic Planning
  • Melanie Herman: Ch-Ch-Changes: Why Changing Everything Is Hard and May be Necessary
  • Dr. Kelly Jones: Creating Positive Organizational Culture Through Intentional HR Practices
  • Nick Teich: Renting Your Camp For Weddings: The Skeptics Among Us
  • Dave Sherry: Property Planning Starts with an Inventory

Tuesday February 27: Keynote — Site & Facilities

Jackie Kaminsky

Jackie, with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., is an invaluable senior project manager, with over 15 years of experience in Camp & Retreat Center design. She actively encourages others to be involved in the planning process and helps clients see new opportunities they may not have thought of. Ms. Kaminsky is passionate about designing outdoor spaces that create a sense of community. She is a deeply respected collaborator with key camp staff professionals, stakeholders and consultants. Her responsibilities include Master Planning, Camp Design, Landscape Architecture, Graphics, Business Development and Project Management.

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Wednesday, February 28: Keynote — Executive

Melanie Herman

Melanie Lockwood Herman, Esq. has served as Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center since 1996 and has held senior management positions in the nonprofit sector since 1987. Melanie is the principal author of more than 20 books on various risk management topics; Melanie’s most recent book is World-Class Risk Management for Nonprofits. She is a fifteen-time member of The NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50.” In one NPT announcement Melanie was described as “One of the most prolific writers and lecturers on the topic of nonprofit risk,” and “the architect of the risk plans of some of the nation’s largest’ nonprofits.” Melanie earned a BA in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC), and a JD from George Mason University School of Law (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and currently serves on two national nonprofit boards (American Foundation for the Blind, and the National Human Services Assembly). She is the co-chair of the AFB Board. Her prior board service includes four years on the ACA Board and a two-year term on the board of a local summer theater camp.

Melanie Herman


Thursday, February 29: Keynote — Food Service

John Cal

John Cal has more than a decade of experience in the camping industry — working as a baker, Head Cook, Head Chef, Food Service Director, and Guest Services Director in both seasonal and year round capacities. A “John of All Trades” he has also dabbled as a Dance Aerobics Instructor, Professional Ukuleleist, and has owned his own catering company. These days he works as a writer, speaker, and serves as the Chef in Residence for The Rabbit Room, an arts nonprofit based in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he studied Speech and Writing at Union College in Lincoln Nebraska, and has since called the Pacific Northwest home for nearly 20 years. A bowtie, postcard, and travel enthusiast, John is currently working on a collection of essays about the year he spent traveling the country with his Clumber Spaniel Lucy in a vintage 13’ Scamp Trailer. 

John Cal

  • Title Sponsor - $3,000
  • Keynote Sponsor - $2,000
  • Session Sponsor - $1,000

Sponsors get up to two minutes to address the participants.  

Contact Kim Fitzgerald for exhibitor questions and sponsorship packages and details.


Volunteer Registration

Thank-you for your interest in volunteering for the 2024 virtual Business of Camp Event. We couldn't make this event possible without wonderful volunteers like you! 

Volunteers who sign-up for a minimum of two volunteer sessions, will be given a complimentary registration to the Business of Camp.

There are three volunteer roles to choose from. Please select the role that best suits your needs, interests and abilities on the registration form. Additional information about the volunteer roles and expectations can be found on the registration form.

Thanks to our sponsors!

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