Pre-Gathering Opportunities - ACA, Michigan 2019 Fall Gathering

These events take place on October 9. There is separate registration for these events except for the camp tours/pontoon cruise, which is an add-on to the full Fall Gathering registration.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

The 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.

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EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) Workshop

Join us for an EPIC workshop designed to help you become a better leader. Any Emerging Professional in Camping is welcome! We will focus on staff recruitment, training, and retention. Learn new ways to incorporate feedback into your summer systems. Share your favorite summer programs and all-camp games. This jam-packed event will include presentations and group sharing - so come prepared with your best ideas! In the afternoon we will tour area camps, then return to Camp Newaygo for dinner and a pontoon cruise.

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ACA Accreditation Process Workshop

This workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits in 2020 and beyond. It is also a pre-requisite for those who plan to become visitors in the future. The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past.

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Camp Tours, Pontoon Cruise and Dinner

Pre-workshop camp tours, a networking pontoon cruise and dinner are available on October 9 for $35. To sign up, select this in the options section when registering for the Fall Gathering.