Medical Camping Track

Through the generosity of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, ACA is able to offer a track for camp professionals working with medical camp programs.  These camp programs serve children and families living with serious and chronic illness.  Nine educational breakouts will be offered throughout the conference. Although these sessions are targeted to those working with medical camp programs, all attendees are welcome.


Who Should Attend? ALL are Welcome!

Sessions are being designed with the following camp professionals in mind:

2020 National Conference App

We are pleased to be able to offer a mobile app to enhance your experience during the 2020 ACA National Conference. 

Schedule at a Glance: 2020 National Conference

As of 1/21/2020.  Subject to Change

ACA reserves the right to make any and all adjustments to the program.

NOTE: Many events listed require pre-registration and some have limited space.  For more information on kindred and pre-conference events, please visit the Kindred and Other Events page.


Program Preview: 2020 National Conference

NOTE: The Program Preview - Session Grid shows the educational sessions that are offered. For a full listing of other conference events, view the Schedule at a Glance.

2021 Exhibitor Schedule Snapshot

The conference schedule has been designed to "showcase" exhibits! 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Tech checks offered for exhibitors.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Final Tech Check for Exhibitors
12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  No Compete time in Exhibit Hall
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.    No Compete time in Exhibit Hall
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.    No Compete time in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, February 4, 2021

2021 National Conference: Premier Sponsors

A heartfelt thank you to this year’s Sponsors. Their support makes our events extra special for attendees. We appreciate their interest in ACA’s vision and are grateful for their support. We encourage all ACA conference participants to personally thank your sponsors when the opportunity presents itself. Their support is invaluable in helping ACA be a force for positive change in the lives of so many children.



Sponsorship Opportunities at the 2021 National Conference

CExtend your brand identity and marketing capabilities with a strong visible presence at the ACA national conference. Let ACA customize a unique sponsorship package for you. Take advantage of the opportunity to tie your brand not only to ACA but to the educational aspects of this conference. Your sponsorship might be tax-deductible. Check with your tax advisor.

Available Opportunities:

Call for Session Proposals at the 2021 National Conference

The CFP site is now closed.  Thank you to all who submitted! 

2020 is definitely presenting new challenges for everyone involved in camping.  If you are new to ACA and the National Conference, thank you for considering becoming part of our learning community.  If you are a past speaker, thank you for your contributions and your interest in sharing your expertise in New Orleans.

2020 National Conference Teams

2020 ACA NC Planning Team

Dave Thoensen
Conference Chair
Tamarak Day Camp

Jane Sanborn
Program Chair
Sanborn Western Camps

Chelsey Ayers
YMCA Camp Surf

Joshua Bowen
SeaWorld Adventure Camps

Josh Cagliani
Camp Twin Lakes at Rutledge

Tiffany Cote
UCLA Recreation Youth & Instructional Programs

Ian Garner
Markel Insurance Company