ACA, Southern California Camp Site Manager Seminar and Tour!

September 24-25, 2019

Big Bear Area

Just added;  Adam Bondeson of Treadstone will give an update on ropes course trends, regulations and ACCT information as part of our evening program September 24. And Rohan Shahani, Director of Training for Challenge Works, will give a special breakfast briefing "OSHA?  OSHA!: Interpreting fall protection requirements and training."

Tour Sites

Tour three camps and go “behind the scenes” to see how they operate. We will visit their updated and state of the art kitchens to learn about the newest equipment and design.  We will hear from each camp’s site manager about the projects they’re most proud of, as well as solutions for tough challenges. Get an in-depth look at how other camps serve youth and share ideas about what works in your camp.  We will have presentations on wildfire recovery, addressing dietary restrictions and plenty of social time for networking and sharing resources.

Camp Whittle will be our base for the first day where we will enjoy a tour, provided dinner, accommodations and the presentation on wildfires. After breakfast at Camp Whittle, we will travel to Dovid Oved Retreat Center where we will enjoy lunch and tour the property to marvel at their amazing capital improvements and the incredible projects they’ve completed. We will also have a facilitated discussion about meeting dietary restrictions and have a unique opportunity to learn about the equipment and processes of a Kosher Kitchen. Finally, we will travel to Pali Adventures, known for their extremely well-developed program areas and housing. Or day finishes after our tour of Pali Adventures.

Please bring your own linens (towels, sheets and blankets or sleeping bag and pillow).  The camp recommends flashlights or headlamps at night.  We will be carpooling from site to site.

Registration Type On or Before September 1 September 1 or After
1st person from your camp/organization $130 / member
$180 / non-member
$150 / member
$200 / non-member
Each additional person from the SAME camp/organization

$110 / member
$150 / non-member

$130 / member
$170 / non-member

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Tour Schedule 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm   

Arrive and Check-In – YMCA Camp Whittle

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Tour of Camp Whittle

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Move into Accommodations

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner at Camp Whittle

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Guest Speakers:  Recovering from Wildfire

9:00 pm

Networking and Community Share


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

7:30 am - 8:15 am


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Travel to Dovid Oved Retreat Center

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Tour Dovid Oved Retreat Center

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch at Dovid Oved Retreat Center

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Travel to Pali Adventures

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tour Pali Adventures

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Snack and wrap up

For more information contact:

Ken Mortensen at

John Beitner at

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