ACA, Heart of the South 2019 Fall Gathering

Heart of the South Fall Gathering logo

Please join us at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan for the Heart of the South Fall Gathering! Enjoy a time of education and renewal featuring Ruby Compton. Ruby has worked over ten years in the outdoor industry in summer camp and environmental education. She has special interests in work cultures and staff training, and is one of the hosts of the staff training podcast Camp Code.  Fall Gathering activities include educational sessions, top-notch networking, roundtable discussions and a tour of Camp Widjiwagan.


Attendee Information

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course-October 16, 2019

The "Camp Scenario" based Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is designed to teach individuals how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.  The scenarios used throughout the course are camp based. Registration includes a full day of instruction, course materials, and lunch.

Heart of the South Fall Social-S'mores, Snacks, and Sodas

Join us for the Heart of the South Fall Social on Wednesday, October 16th at 5:30pm. We will meet on the back patio of Clark Baker Lodge at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan for you guessed it--s'mores, snacks, and sodas.  This is a terrific time to network with fellow camp professionals and catch up with friends.


Discounted rooms ($132 a night plus tax) are available at the Hampton Inn Nashville-I-24 Hickory Hollow.  The hotel is approximately 15 minutes from YMCA Camp Widjiwagan.  To receive the discounted rate guests must reserve rooms by midnight on September 24, 2019 and use the ACA booking link.  Rooms reserved after September 24 will be subject to availability.  Discounted rooms are available the nights of October 15, 16, 17, and 18.


Sponsorship Information

Educational Endorsement

The Fall Conference has been endorsed by the American Camp Association. Educational Endorsement means that the program has been reviewed by a qualified panel to verify that the goals, learner outcomes, presenter qualifications, and evaluation requirements are relevant for this educational program. Participants may earn up to 4.0 continuing education credits (CECs) for this endorsed program.


For questions or additional information, contact Betsy Thamert.