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2020 ACA National Conference: Connection / February 11-14 / San Diego, CA.


Join us at the 2020 ACA National Conference in San Diego! Connection is really at the core of what camp provides, and the benefits for campers, counselors, and professional staff are tremendous. Similarly, the goal of this year's conference team is helping to create meaningful connections through networking and learning that will benefit participants long after the conference ends.

An array of educational breakouts, keynote events led by distinguished industry experts, peer-to-peer informal discussion groups, and many other learning opportunities will be offered. Choose from more than 150 unique events that explore these topics:

* Youth Development and behavior

* Staff Training and Leadership

* Business and Operations

* Emerging Issues, Tools, and Technology

* Innovative Programs and Activities

* Medical Camping

* Camp Includes Me

* Camp-School Partnerships, Including Camps on Campus

* Executive Leadership Forum

* Commerce Sessions

* ACA Research Forum

Receive credit for learning. Attendees can typically earn up to 21 continuing education credits (CECs) for full participation (exact number for the 2020 conference TBD).

ACA Welcomes: David Yeager

Opening Keynote Speaker

David Yeager, PhD, is an experimental development psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. His research examines the causes of and solutions to adolescent health problems, including bullying, depression, academic achievement, cheating, trust, and healthy eating. He has co-authored work on grit and grit testing with Angela Duckworth, PhD, and on growth mindset with Carol Dweck, PhD. David's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian.

Explore San Diego

Come early or stay a few days after the conference and experience all San Diego has to offer--sunny weather, cool breezes, beautiful beaches, historic buildings, local attractions, eclectic dining, shopping, entertainment, and more. To learn more, visit

Register Now and Save!

Register by December 16, 2019, to receive the best rate. ACA members enjoy a deep discount on registration rates, so become an ACA member and save even more. Register and find more information at

Town and County San Diego

Less than 10 miles from the San Diego International Airport, the conference hotel is also conveniently located near Old Town San Diego and many of the city's finest attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Fashion Valley Mall, Qualcomm Stadium, and more. Special rates: single, $195; double, $205; triple, $225; and quad, $245; plus taxes.

Register online at

Guest room Internet access is complimentary for ACA conference attendees staying at the Town and Country San Diego.

Sunday, February 9

Afternoon and Evening

ICF Camp Tour

Co-Located Conferences & Kindred Events

Monday, February 10

Morning and Midday

Co-Located Conferences & Kindred Events

ACA Board Meeting

Afternoon and Evening

Registration, Resource Center Open

Pre-Conference Events

New Director Orientation (NDO)

Faith-Based Camps

Pre-Conference Gathering

Co-Located Conferences & Kindred Events

Tuesday, February 11

Morning and Midday

Registration, Resource Center, and Bookstore Open

National Council of Leaders Meeting

Editorial Advisory Committee

Co-Located Conferences & Kindred Events

Accreditation Trainings

Pre-Conference Events

Afternoon and Evening

First-Time Conference Goers Welcome Session

Opening Keynote with David Yeager (sponsored by Markel Insurance Company)

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 1

Field Office and Affiliate Groups

Meetings and Socials

Gathering of Internationals

Wednesday, February 12

Morning and Midday

Informal Discussion Cafes with Bagels and Coffee

Not-for-Profit Council (NFP) Breakfast

Registration, Resource Center, and Bookstore Open

Keynote Lecture (sponsored by Markel Insurance Company)

Exhibitor Setup

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 2

Insurance Roundtable

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 3

Afternoon and Evening

Pioneers in Camping Luncheon

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 4

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 5

Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall with Reception

Social Networking Time

Thursday, February 13

Morning and Midday

Informal Discussion Cafes with Bagels and Coffee

Registration, Resource Center, and Bookstore Open

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 6

Exhibits Open

Unopposed Time in Exhibit Hall with Bagels and Coffee

American Camping Foundation (ACF) Meeting

Research Poster Sessions

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 7

Afternoon and Evening

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall for Attendees & Exhibitors (unopposed time in exhibits)

Commerce Sessions

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 8

Exhibitor Teardown

Acorn Society Dinner

Social Networking Event

Friday, February 14

Morning through Early Afternoon

Registration, Resource Center, and Bookstore Open

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 9

Educational Breakout Sessions, Group 10

Closing Lunch and Keynote Event (sponsored by Markel Insurance Company)

Group Departures

Plan to download ACA National Conference app in January 2020. Sponsored by CAMPBRAIN


The national conference is a great opportunity to network with youth development professionals from across the country. Visit to get a jumpstart on making connections via


Tradeshow Exhibition

Come see the latest products, programs, and services available for camps, educational organizations, and youth development professionals. Many exhibitors offer exclusive show specials.

Schedule at a Glance--Subject to Change

The conference officially begins on Tuesday, February 11, at 1:30 p.m. local time. We'll end the conference by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, with a closing keynote speaker and luncheon. Many groups host meetings and conferences prior to the National Conference official start day and time. Check for the most current schedule.

Conference Sponsors

We want to say a big thank you to our sponsors. Their support allows us to present a great variety of quality programs for your professional development at a value.

Friends of Camp


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