Breakout Interest Sessions - Indiana Winter Gathering 2017

Breakout Session #1


How to INCLUDE your staff on Inclusion Camping

Lisa Elder, Director of Recreation Therapy at Bradford Woods
isa will discuss techniques to train your staff on inclusion camping that will meet the needs of ALL of your campers. These training tools are not only for camps who specifically work with campers with disabilities, but can be used to teach your staff how to show empathy towards ALL of their campers.


MESH (Mental, Emotional, and Social Health)

Tracey Gaslin, Executive Director, Association of Camp Nurses
6% of calls to the ACA hotline in 2017 were MESH related. Learn what your camp can do about this growing trend.


SPARK Training

Cara Scott, Senior Involvement Director, Indy YMCA
The Indy YMCA uses this inclusive, cooperative physical activity curriculum to train their staff.


How Research and Evaluation can benefit your Camp

Mary Rogers, Sherwood Forest Camp Director for over 20 years & ACA CARE Committee Member
Mary will discuss what ACA is doing with research and how we can use this research to benefit our camps.

Breakout Session #2


Q&A with the CEO

Tom Rosenberg, CEO, ACA
ACA is in the midst of numerous initiatives including research, government advocacy, as well as updating standards. Learn what ACA has in store for the camping industry and ask Tom ANYTHING!


Media & Communications for Camps

Deidre Pettinga & Sam Hirt, ACA National Staff
Deidre and Sam will discuss public relations, social media, and marketing your camp


The Ten Reasons Camps Don't Fill

Gary Forster
Learn why some camps have empty summer camp beds or day camp spaces. Gary will show you how to have the best chance yet of filling your camp and solving your financial problems.