ACA, Northern California Sights on Sites

Registration is now closed.  Please contact John Beitner with any questions.


October 23-24, 2019 

What is Included?

Registration includes accommodations and three meals at Mt. Cross and lunch at Camp Campbell and all of the first-rate content.

Where Are The Tours? 


Site, Facility and Food Service Managers, don’t miss the Sights on Sites tours on October 23-24.  In this unique two-day event, participants will tour two camps in the Santa Cruz area while networking with camp colleagues as we go behind the scenes to see what makes these facilities run.  Separate program tracks for facilities and food service management will be offered.  Guest speakers will share their expertise on related topics from forest management and building and maintain organic gardens, to training seasonal food service staff and accommodating special diets at camp.

Registration & Fees

***Register by October 15 and get the best rates!***


Registration Type On or Before October 15 October 16 or After
1st person from your camp/organization $130 / member
$180 / non-member
$160 / member
$210 / non-member
Each additional person from the SAME camp/organization

$110 / member
$131 / non-member

$150 / member
$200 / non-member

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


Session Information

Train Your Seasonal Food Service Staff with Vicky Flaig, MED, RD
A fun approach to an otherwise dry subject!  This session will provide a comprehensive overview of important aspects of food service that every seasonal food service worker should know.  Topics covered will include: sanitation, proper food handling, foodborne illness, and safety.  Learn fun ways to train your summer staff on the basics of working in a kitchen.

Accommodating Special Diets & Life Styles At Our Camp with Vicky Flaig, MED, RD
This interactive session will feature cooking demonstrations, recipes and resources to help normalize special diets in your camp setting.  Learn how easy and delicious vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, soy free and nut free diets can be in your food service program.  But wait there is more!  Tour the kitchen of year-round conference and retreat center, exchange best practices for cooking on a budget with your peers and share minimizing food waste practices.

Building and Maintaining an Organic Garden in Camp
Hear from a panel of experienced gardeners and facility personnel on the ins and outs of developing and maintaining a garden in camp.  Experts from Life Lab Garden Classroom educational center in Santa Cruz will provide perspective on educating and engaging young people in garden programs.  Camp professionals from Camp Harmon will share information and experiences incorporating a garden element in their camps.

Forest Management Planning and Practices with Rich Samson, Cal Fire Division Cheif
From timber management planning to forest sustainability, this informative presentation will be rich with resources for working with camp forest lands.  Important regulatory information, as well as Cal Fire and other state resources, will be shared.  Participants will also learn more about the Cal Fire Demonstration State forests program.



About Vicky
Vicky Flaig, MEd, RDN  is the Director of Operations for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Northern California – overseeing the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House and Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake, a residential summer camp serving campers with special health care needs.  She is the director of an undergraduate food service internship that pulls students from all over the United States.  Prior to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Vicky was a special education teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer.  She is not your conventional RD, but a passionate mentor, teacher and advocate for the importance of health and nutrition for all abilities and in all aspects of life.  She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis, her dietetic internship at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati Ohio and her Master’s in Nutrition Education at the University of Cincinnati.

About Rich

Rich Sampson has been the Unit Forester for the San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit of CAL FIRE since 2004. During his 17 years of service with CAL FIRE he also held positions as Program Manager for Vegetation Management Program, Forest Practice, Fire Prevention and as the acting Manager of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest.  Prior to joining CAL FIRE, Rich worked in private Forestry Consulting.  Rich received his BS in Forest Production Management from Humboldt State University, Arcata in 1983 and became a Registered Professional Forester in 1991. Rich also has over 25 years of experience working with and in organized youth camps in California.

About Life Lab - Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.  Drawing on over thirty-five years of work with young people in gardens, Life Lab, is a national leader in the garden-based learning movement. Through workshops and consultations, we have provided tens of thousands of educators across the country with the inspiration and information necessary to engage young people in gardens and on farms. Our workshops and award-winning publications are the go-to resource for educators and families interested in engaging young people in gardens. At the Life Lab Garden Classroom educational center in Santa Cruz and the Blooming Classroom garden in Watsonville, we promote experiential learning for people of all ages through field trips,children's camps, and teacher workshops.


Participant Information


Day One

12:00p.m. Registration and check-in at Mount Cross

12:30p.m. – 1:00p.m. Lunch and Welcome

1:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.

                Site Track- Facility Tour of Mount Cross

                Food Service Track- Tour of Mount Cross Kitchen and Roundtable Discussions of Best Practices

3:45p.m. – 5:15p.m.

                Site Track- Forest Management Planning

                Food Service Track- Training Your Food Service Staff

5:30p.m. – 6:00p.m. Dinner followed by evening social time and networking


Day Two

8:00a.m. – 8:30a.m. Breakfast at Mount Cross

9:00a.m. – 9:30a.m. Travel to YMCA Camp Campbell

9:30a.m. – 11:50a.m.

                Site Track- Facility Tour of YMCA Camp Campbell

                Food Service Track- Accommodating Special Diets and Lifestyles

12:00p.m. – 12:45p.m. Lunch

1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m. Organic Gardening

2:30p.m. – 2:45p.m. Closing and Depart

For more information contact:

John Beitner 765-349-3525 or

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