ACA, Virginias 2018 Fall Training

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

All times local unless stated differently below.

Online registration is now closed.  Please direct any questions to John Beitner

ACA, Virginias will host a combined networking and professional development event with a focus on the power of connection. Featured Speaker and camp consultant “Professor” Dave Malter, will lead a workshop on how to manifest the power of human connection at camp. Camp provides an environment uniquely suited to growing the feeling of connectedness and together we will explore how to maximize this potential.

The Power of Connection
For years, we’ve seen an increase in anxiety with our campers and staff. The answer has increasingly been medication and intervention which hasn’t solved the root cause of the issue. What if camp provided the missing link to alleviate the increased stress in our campers and lack of resilience in our staff?

The answer lies in the Power of Human Connection and the innate ability the camp environment possesses to help our campers and staff be members of a supportive, healthy community. This session will uncover the numbers associated with the increase in diagnosis and medication and provide evidence of the power of social interaction, friendship and human connection.

Come prepared to learn and discuss strategies to integrate a more intentional community of connection at your Summer program.


Dave Malter, MA, is the Director of the Touro University Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership, a frequent speaker at camp conferences and a consultant focused on providing solutions for youth development organizations. Dave has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator and consultant.

Dave grew up at Camp Discovery in New York where he spent eight summers as a camper and seven summers working with special needs campers. He went on to become the “Director of Fun” at Meadowbrook Country Day Camp and after several years joined the American Camp Association’s New York professional office working on educational initiatives. When he graduated from his Tri-State position, Dave joined Pine Grove Day Camp in New Jersey as the Assistant Director.

In addition to his work with camps, Dave is a professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. His passions are deeply rooted in providing innovative educational content and opportunities for youth leaders at all levels.

We will have a provided lunch and the chance to debrief summer successes and challenges. This will be a great day for Camp Directors and Camp Administrative staff alike.


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