Camp Kindness Day 2018

On July 24 2018, the camp community will be able to participate in Camp Kindness Day – a new social event that will highlight the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps year-round. 

We want to demonstrate to the world the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.

More information will be available soon about this event and how your camp can participate.

Michael Brandwein Behavior Management Training

“WHY DON’T YOU BEHAVE?”—How to Handle Negative Behavior in Young People & Replace It with Good Choices

Michael Brandwein, educator, author, camp staff trainer

CANCELLED: Basic Standards Course - ACA, Indiana

This course has been cancelled due to insufficient registration. For additional standards training options, please contact Amanda Zoellner, Central Region Standards Manager, at

Breakout Interest Sessions - Indiana Winter Gathering 2017

Breakout Session #1

How to INCLUDE your staff on Inclusion Camping

Lisa Elder, Director of Recreation Therapy at Bradford Woods
isa will discuss techniques to train your staff on inclusion camping that will meet the needs of ALL of your campers. These training tools are not only for camps who specifically work with campers with disabilities, but can be used to teach your staff how to show empathy towards ALL of their campers.

Location & Lodging - ACA, Indiana Winter Gathering 2017


Group lodging is available at Bradford woods the night of December 12, 2017.  Lodging will be in Ryan Cottage which has semi-private rooms (2-3 people per room with shared bath).  Participants need to provide their own linens and towels.  The cost is $30 per person.  A minimum of 6 individuals are needed for Bradford Woods to open Ryan Cottage for our group. 

Register for the 2017 ACA, Indiana Winter Gathering

Register Today!

  • Registration includes a full day of program and lunch. 
  • Attend at the Member Rate! The free member program is available to any first-time member of ACA. Learn more and to join for free.
  • Early-Bird Rates — available through November 28, 2017

Preliminary Schedule - ACA, Indiana Winter Gathering 2017

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Arrival/Registration and Social Time
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Welcome by Shay Dawson, Bradford Woods, Director & Ice Breakers
9:50 a.m.  - 10:50 a.m.    Opening Keynote - Gary Forster
10:50 a.m.  - 11:00 a.m.  Break
11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. Round Table Discussions (Attend 2 Discussions - Details below)
12:00 p.m.  - 12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 p.m.  - 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker - ACA, Indiana Winter Gathering 2017

Gary ForsterBlame Hoosier Hospitality for Gary Forster's career in camping!  While getting his degree in Architecture from Kent State University, Gary worked 5 summers at the Indianapolis YMCA’s Flat Rock River Camp This was followed by serving as the summer program and facilities director at Camp Tecumseh.  Gary’s career then took him to Camp Jewell in Connecticut. 

Basic Standards Course - ACA, Indiana

The ACA Basic Standards Course prepares people who are NEW to the accreditation process for their accreditation visits and serves as an introduction to the accreditation process for people interested in becoming accreditation visitors. A person completing the course on behalf of a camp must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

CANCELLED! Standards Update Course - ACA, Indiana

CANCELLED! This course has been cancelled due to low enrollment. The Basic Standards Course scheduled for the same day will still be offered. If you would like to complete the Standards Update Course online, please contact Amanda Zoellner,