ACA, Southeastern EPIC Winter Retreat

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Camp Tekoa
211 Thomas Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28739


The EPIC Winter Retreat is a not to be missed event!

Join us for a full day of earning, networking and gaining new insights from each other and our industry expert and neighbor, Ruby Compton of Ruby Outdoors and Camp Code fame. Ruby will join us to both instruct on the most current issues for camp professionals and participate in thoughtful discussions about the camping industry and our careers in youth development. All are welcome!  We will gather together to teach each other, socialize, share our favorite camp activities, forge new friendships and strengthen existing bonds. Come prepared to share your big ideas as we have deep conversations and lots of lateral learning.


Registration & Rates

Early-Bird - Register by December 2 for the best rates!

  • Members $75 / Non-Members $105

December 3 and After

  • Members $85 / Non-Members $115


Featured Speaker - Ruby Compton

Ruby Compton has worked for over ten years in the outdoor industry in summer camp and environmental education. She has special interests in work cultures, staff training and development, productivity, and systems and processes. Ruby presents at conferences around the world and is one of the hosts of the staff training podcast Camp Code.



There is also the option to stay overnight and participate in an outdoor adventure on Saturday morning for a $10 additional fee.



Friday, December 6, 2019

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Arrival, Check-In & Coffee Talk

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Communication Exploration - ​Explore concepts related to communication through a series of small and large group activities.

  • Communication Basics
  • Communicating Up

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

EPIC Session 1

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Delegation Can Be Learned - ​Who taught you how to delegate? It’s a skill that can be learned and yet it certainly wasn’t offered as a course in college. In this 45-minute session, learn exactly what to say, what to ask, and what routines to establish to set your team up for success as you delegate the to-do list.

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Show me the Door: A lesson on communicating boundaries​ -
Establishing boundaries is a critical life skill. During this session, we dive deep into how to establish boundaries and communicate them to those around us with firm compassion.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm


3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

EPIC Session 2

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

So you wanna be a speaker? - ​Ever been to a conference and thought, “it’d be cool to present.” Think you may have something to say? Newsflash: YOU DO.  Ruby shares insights about conference speaking.

6:00 pm

*EPIC Social & Dinner (On One's Own)

*Optional - Saturday, December 7, 2019

8:00 am

*Breakfast on Own

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Outdoor Adventures - Ruby

*Camp Tour & Hike

12:30 pm