ACA, Rocky Mountain 2020 EPIC Winter Retreat

January 31 - Feb 1, 2020

YMCA Camp Shady Brook
8716 South Y Camp Road
Deckers, CO 80135

Registration is now closed. 

Please contact John Beitner or Jami Foster with any questions.

Meet Our Featured Speaker - Ruby Compton! 

Ruby Compton

Ruby Compton is passionate about teaching others how to teach and has spent over fifteen years facilitating and leading in the outdoor industry in summer camp, environmental education, and management roles. During her time as a director, Ruby worked alongside and coached hundreds of staff members on best practices for building lesson plans as well as collected a variety of best practices for effective and enjoyable teaching practices. Ruby plays a key role in the development of the speaker mentorship program for the Women in Camp Summit where during this past year, she assisted twenty women in improving their presentation skills as they prepared to lead their first-ever conference workshops. As a member of the ACA Southeastern Conference planning committee, Ruby coaches up-and-coming speakers to deliver a ten-minute mini-keynote speech at the fall regional event. She shares her expertise presenting at conferences across the world (including Mongolia!) and podcasting with the staff training podcast, Camp Code. She is an active volunteer for the American Camp Association in many roles and she particularly enjoys her time as a Standards Instructor. 





3:30 - 4:15

Check In

4:20 - 4:45

Welcome to Shady Brook, logistics, yay

4:45 - 5:45

Communication Basics (focus on building openness) 

6:00 - 6:45


7:00 - 8:00

Evening Session (something skills related/ or Song Session)

8:00 - 9:30

Night ice skating or Music Studio recording



7:30 - 8:30 


9:00 - 10:00

Communicating Up

10:15 - 11:00

Show me the Door: A lesson on communicating boundaries

11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:15

Shut Up, Ride the Wave: Learning How to Intentionally Create Unintentional Moments

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:30

Camp Tour/ Rest Hour/ Tomahawks/ Sledding

2:45 - 3:30

Delegation Can Be Learned

3:30 - 4:30

Closing and Debrief*

Our Host - YMCA Camp Shady Brook

YMCA Camp Shady Brook is located 70 minutes northwest of Colorado Springs and 90 minutes southwest of Denver at 8716 South Y Camp Road, Deckers CO, 80135. 

Continuing Education Credits

Participants may earn up to 4 continuing education credits (CECs) for this educational program. Participants completing this program and requesting CECs must petition the appropriate certifying body regarding acceptance of these CECs.

Questions & More Information

Questions about this event? Please contact Krista White, Rocky Mountain EPIC Chair 

Questions about Registration? Please contact Jami Foster, Membership Manager - Western Region