New Director Orientation

The ACA New Director Orientation (NDO) is a one-day course for seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp leadership positions. The course includes an overview of all the aspects of the director's job with the primary focus on the summer operation.

The NDO course materials have been designed to help newer directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program.

Course Overview

NDO is an in-person interactive course that includes activities, lectures, and discussions in a group problem-solving environment designed to address real-life situations at camp. This course covers five critical areas to help directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. The core areas covered include leadership and supervision, camper and staff development and behavior, staff training, risk management, and evaluation and assessment.

In addition to building skills, this curriculum incorporates introspection, perspective shifting, and awareness building. This course has been influenced by years of iteration, internal and external research, and feedback from new directors. NDO is designed to be offered at the local or regional level by interested ACA volunteers. Completion of this one-day training results in seven continuing education credits (CECs) for ACA members.  

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