Sessions and Schedule - ACA, Michigan 2017 Fall Gathering

Breakout Sessions Include:

Secrets of a Camp Director
Joe Richards
After 20 years of being a camp director, Joe has some secrets to share. This session will cover a wide range of topics including leadership, training, games, ideas, things to do, and things not to do. This session is for camp directors, board members, volunteers, and more experienced camp counselors. Learn Joe’s secrets so you can use them to your advantage.

All-Camp Games
Joe Richards
Large group games can make or break the summer camp experience. Knowing how to play amazing large group games is half the battle. Learn about how to plan for large groups, adjusting to the needs of the group, and turning regular games into “yes” games.

When You Can’t “Just Get Over It”: Impact of childhood trauma on development and mental health
Rochelle Manor, Ph.D. Neuropsychologist, Carrie Zinser, MSW, LMSW Early Childhood Specialist
How does a traumatic event, abuse, or grief affect children? Both physical reactions to stress and emotional coping can hinder brain development and emotional maturity. An overview of stress reaction and brain development will highlight the neurological and psychological systems affected by trauma. This presentation will review several ways that trauma in childhood can impact brain development, personality, and behaviors later in life. Strategies to build health coping, emotion management, and communities of support will be included.

Camp MarCom
Sam Hirt, ACA Communications Data Specialist
As renown marketer Philip Kotler once said, “Marketing takes a day to learn. Unfortunately, it takes a lifetime to master.” If you are looking to learn more about marketing and receive tips, ideas, and resources to help promote your camp programming to your target audience, spend some time at Camp MarCom. ACA’s Marketing team shares insights on marketing, media relations and social media, as well as tips and resources ACA offers to support a camp’s marketing efforts.

Camp Licensing “What’s New?                                                                                         
LARA Camp Licensing Staff
Meet and greet with LARA Camp Licensing leadership team during this interactive question and answer session.
Camps in Crisis --Trends & Lessons Learned from Another Year with the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline         
Betsy Thamert, ACA Professional Development Specialist
For thirty years, ACA has provided real-time support to camps nationwide through our Camp Crisis Hotline. In this session, we will review the trends and lessons learned from the previous year with the Hotline. Attendees will also participate in case studies in order to translate the lessons to their own camp experiences next season!

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, October 11 Program/Event
12:30 -5:30 p.m. ACA Basic Standards Course
Thursday, October 12 Program/Event

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Registration/Social Time
10:00-11:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Keynote with Joe Richards
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch/Updates/Networking
12:45-1:45 p.m. Breakout Session 1 (3 breakouts)
2:00-3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2 (3 breakouts)
3:15 p.m. Optional Tour of Camp Roger
4:00 p.m. Departure / Thank You for Attending!