Quality Programs Level 1


February 21-22, 2024


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$100 member; $200 nonmember




Registration for this training is full, please contact programquality@acacamps.org to be added to the waitlist.

Quality Programs Level 1 teaches participants what safe and supportive staff practices are, how they can promote social-emotional learning for youth, and how these practices can be incorporated into staff trainings.

This training will also prepare participants to effectively use and score the Social Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment for Camp tool.

It is recommended that two individuals from each organization participate in this training. Once you have completed your registration, email  programquality@acacamps.org with the name, and email of the person from your organization who you'd like to register at no additional cost. 

Schedule of Training:

  • February 21, 12:30pm ET- 4:00pm ET
  • February 22, 1pm ET-3:15pm ET

Learner Outcomes: 

  • Describe the four stages of a Continuous Program Quality Improvement cycle,
  • Plan and implement an assessment process using the SEL PQA for Campstool,
  • Discuss examples of safe and supportive staff practices, and
  • Design a 15–30-minute staff training session to introduce safe and supportive staff practices.


Presenter Bios:

Jessie Dickerson, serves as ACA's Manager of Program Quality Systems. In this role, she supports camps in continuously improving the quality of their programs through trainings, coaching, and a community of practice. Ensuring that camp is truly for all kids is what fuels Jessie's work. She's dedicated to supporting camps in striving for equity—for camps to be a safe and supportive space for all youth, which is a critical piece of program quality.

Steph Love, M.S. Experiential Education, is an international trainer, facilitator, coach, and outdoor educator. She has designed and facilitated workshops and programs for diverse children, youth, and adults in 32 states, as well as Canada and South Africa. In 2004, Steph co-founded and directed Positive Energy Outdoors, an outdoor education program that provides access to unique outdoor programming, including dog sledding and driving draft horses, kayaking, rock climbing and Duluth’s first nature-based after school child care program. She has created safe and supportive outdoor experiences for thousands of children and adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Currently, Steph designs and facilitates internationally recognized workshops and certifications on Social Emotional Learning, Equity, and Continuous Quality Improvement for The Forum for Youth Investment’s Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. She lives in Duluth, MN with her teenage son, four sled dogs and a rescue black lab. You can find her outdoors in all seasons--in her kayak, dog sledding, teaching adaptive skiing, running half marathons, and slowly turning her lawn into a pollinator garden.