Upstate New York Winter Gathering


December 12, 2024
9:00 am – 3:30 pm ET


Camp Stella Maris
4395 E Lake Rd
Livonia, New York 14487


Registration coming soon!



Please join us for the Upstate New York Fall Camp Conference!  A variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and more will be featured. Enjoy a time of inspiration, first-rate professional development, and fun at Camp Stella Maris in Livonia, NY.

Registration and more information coming soon!

There will also be a Fall Gathering on September 10 at Eagle Island Camp in Saranac Lake, NY.

Early Bird Registration is available through November 11, 2024

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

Type Early-Bird Regular    
Member $115 $125    
Non-Member $150 $185    
Additional Member $105 $115    
Additional Nonmember $155 $175    
Student/Retiree/Speaker $95 $110    


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Dr. Chris Kukenberger has been working in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging space as a leadership consultant and trainer for 15 years providing inclusion training and support to over hundreds of companies, school districts, camp groups, and community organizations. Chris has also served as an art history college professor and academic department chairperson at colleges in the CNY region for over two decades. More recently, Chris joined the camp experience as the 2023 director of Camp Beyond Binary, an LGBTQ+ youth camp powered by Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. With a doctorate in Executive Leadership & Social Justice from St. John Fisher University, Chris is a certified Dialogue Facilitator, Leadership Consultant, Safe Zone Trainer, and DEIB/LGBTQ+ inclusion researcher. Chris has attended a number of ACA conferences and is thrilled to be joining the ACA Upstate Winter Gathering again this December! On their free-time, Chris enjoys quiet mornings on the lake, hiking and traveling with their spouse, and spending time with their growing family of toddlers and furry loved ones!

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. 


Schedule at a Glance Upstate New York 2024 Fall Camp Conference 

Thursday, December 12

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Registration and Check-In  

  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome

  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Opening Keynote 

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Breakout Session

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Luncheon and  Local Council of Leaders Update  

  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Breakout Session

  • 1:45 p.m. -2:45 p.m.  -  Breakout Session

  • 2:45p.m.. – 3:30 p.m. – Closing Session  


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