ACA, New England Newer Camp Director Round Table Series

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - 10:00am to Saturday, 1 May 2021 - 1:00pm

All times local unless stated differently below.

For camp professionals with 1-4 summers of camp administrator experience (Both day and resident camp directors are welcome! Registration is for the duration of the series and space is limited.)

First session is Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ET. For a list of the remaining session dates for the series, visit here.

Having a network of colleagues to share ideas with, to get feedback from, and to lean on for resources and supports can be so important in the camping industry. It helps us stay connected, broaden our perspectives, think innovatively, and strengthen our community. Last year’s attendees shared: “as a participant, I most valued:

  • Building connections and relationships with other camp professionals
  • Expanding my network, as I work alone
  • Support – especially through the pandemic
  • Lively conversations, open discussion, and time to share practices and ideas.”

This year, we are taking our round table series virtual! Join a group of your peers for monthly facilitated discussions in a safe and professional place where you can discuss issues of common concern and a way to build your professional network. Topics will include (subject to change based upon needs/interests of participants):

  • Building Your Team: How do we hire strategically? What about dismissals? Who is invited back or promoted? How do we mentor, engage, support and grow our staff team?
  • Tough Realities of the Role: Are our risk management plans safe and effective? What is the balance of tradition and change? How do we make hard decisions and have difficult conversations? How do we manage money and budgets?
  • People to People: Who should be recognized as part of our camp orbit? How do we work successfully with campers, parents/guardians, agencies, donors, neighbors, and interested parties?

Each month, there will be time for large group discussion, presentations/guest topic experts, and small group discussion.

Emily Golinsky, Founder of Bright Moose Training, Consulting & Advocacy, former Executive Director at Camp Starfish and a member of ACA, New England’s New Camp Director Workshop faculty, will facilitate the sessions. Her role will be to provide resources to participants prior to and following discussions, guide the discussion, and provide observations and insights, all while keeping the conversation and flow of information going!