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Join Us... (Special ACA National Conference Overview).

Join Us...

... at the 2003 ACA National Conference in Denver, Colorado. Elevate
your Strategic thinking with over one thousand of your peers in the
Mile-High City. The range of targeted educational sessions, exposition
displays, and networking opportunities available will be as aweinspiring
as the view of the Rockies.

Conference Overview


Wednesday, February 19

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Outdoor Leadership Skills Training
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spring Leadership Training
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Educational Interest Sessions
2 - 3:30 p.m. Council of Delegates
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. First-Timers Orientation
3:45 - 5 p.m. ACA Section Gatherings
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Opening--Great Beginnings of Your "Peak
 Experience"
6:30 - 9 p.m. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception

Thursday, February 20

8:30 - 10 a.m. General Session
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Educational Interest Sessions
12:30 - 2:15 p.m. Presidents/Executives Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch Provided in Exhibit Hall
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Educational Interest Sessions
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Open Hearing
2:30 - 5 p.m. Educational Workshops
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Educational Interest Sessions
Evening "I Believe"--Evening at Denver Museum of
 Nature and Science

Friday, February 21

8 - 9:15 a.m. Educational Interest Sessions
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Educational Interest Sessions
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. General Session
1:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social in Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 2 p.m. Pioneers of Camping Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Open Forum
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Educational Interest Sessions
2:30 - 5 p.m. Educational Workshops
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Educational Interest Sessions
Evening Enjoy Denver On Your Own
Time TBD The Acorn Society Dinner

Saturday, February 22

8 - 9:15 a.m. Educational Interest Sessions
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Educational Interest Sessions
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. General Session


Special Pre-Conference Training Courses.

The ACA professional development courses, Basic Camp Director Course (BCDC) and Camp Director Institute (CDI), will be held prior to the national conference. Both will end in time to allow you to attend the opening of the conference on Wednesday, February 19.

The BCDC and CDI will be held at Estes Park Center, YMCA of the Rockies. For additional information on BCDC or CDI, visit our Web site at www.ACAcamps.org/education/ or contact Marilyn at mallison@ACAcamps.org or 765-342-8456, ext. 328.

Camp Director Institute (CDI)

Thursday, Feb. 13 - 3 p.m.--Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 9:30 a.m.

The CDI gives experienced camp directors the opportunity to examine, refine, and demonstrate consistency between their camp philosophy and operational components. It is tailored for directors with six or more years of responsibility for the operation and management of a camp or conference center or who have completed the BCDC and have at least three years' experience. Registration is $375 for ACA members and $425 for nonmembers. Room and board is $305. Use the ACA Registration Form to register for the CDI.

Basic Camp Director Course (BCDC)

Saturday, Feb. 15 - 3 p.m.--Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 9:30 a.m.

Course objectives--participants will explore the key concepts/terms, general operational practices, and minimum competencies for thirteen of the fourteen core areas of the organized body of knowledge; expand their network of peers and develop a community of professionals in a "camp like" atmosphere; have opportunities to test ideas and receive feedback freely; and discuss self-directed learning and their roles in their own professional development process. Registration is $275 for members and $325 for nonmembers. Room and board is $185. Use the ACA Registration Form to register for the BCDC.

Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) Trainers Course

Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The OLS Trainers Course teaches skills in adult learning and prepares trainers to teach the OLS Instructors Course. This course is designed for ACA members who are OLS Instructors or who have knowledge in all levels of the OLS program. OLS Trainers are responsible for promoting minimum-impact camping and for the administration of the OLS program in their ACA sections. The trainer also works with organizations in providing the OLS course.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register for this course contact Cathy Scheder at 765-342-8456, ext. 320, or cscheder@ACAcamps.org. Registration deadline is January 31, 2003. A one-hour break will be allowed for lunch, which is not included in the course.

Affiliated Organization Events/Meetings

Association of Independent Camps (AIC)

Monday, February 17 * Evening Reception

Tuesday, February 18 * 9 a.m.--5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 * 9a.m.--12 noon

Registration: ACA Registration Form

Contact: Scott Stuart * 970-947-1505 dsstuart@rof.net

Council of Religiously Affiliated Camps (RAC)

Friday, February 21 * 12:30--3:45 p.m. * Lunch and Workshop

Registration: ACA Registration Form

Contact: Mickey Stone * 909-797-1821 mickeystone@earthlink.net

Not-for-Profit Forum (NFPF)

Thursday, February 20 * 12:30--2:15 p.m. * Lunch

Saturday, February 22 * 10-11 a.m. * Meeting

Registration: ACA Registration Form

Contact: Sharon Kosch, 510-562-8470, sharon@sfbgirlscouts.org

ACA Bookstore

As always, the ACA Bookstore will have a great collection of camp-specific titles available for purchase at member prices. The latest titles available will be on display as well as ACA logo merchandise and books from national conference speakers.

Conference Information Online

The latest information about the 2003 ACA National Conference is available on ACA's Web site, www.ACAcamps.org. From the home page click "national conference" or simply type the address, www.ACAcamps.org/conference.

Kindred Meetings

(onsite unless otherwise noted)

American Cancer Society

Wednesday, February 19 * 7:30 a.m.--4:30 p.m.

Registration: American Cancer Society

Contact: Sherrhonda Roach * 404-417-5968 srbach@cancer.org

Association of Camp Nurses

Friday, February 21 * 7--9:15 a.m.--Breakfast and Workshop

Registration: ACA Registration Form

Contact: Linda Ebner Erceg * 218-586-2633 erceg@campnurse.org

Boy Scouts of America

Tuesday, February 18 * 1:30--4 p.m.

Registration: Boy Scouts of America

Contact: Ed Woodlock * 972-580-2447 ewoodloc@netbas.org

Camp Fire USA

Saturday, February 15--Tuesday, February 18 * Time TBD

Location: Estes Park Center, YMCA of the Rockies

Registration: Camp Fire USA

Contact: Carol Johnson * 425-258-5437 cjohnson@campfireusasnohomish.org

4-H, A Peak Experience for Campers

Tuesday, February 18 * 7--9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 * 8--11:30 a.m.

Registration: ACA Registration Form

Contact: Bonnie Dunn * 301-390-7259 bonniedunn@erols.com

Girl Scouts of the USA

Tuesday, February 18 * 2--5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 * 9 a.m.--12 noon

Registration: Girl Scouts of the USA

Contact: Kathleen Cullinan * 212-852-8553 kcullinan@girlscouts.org

Salvation Army

Thursday * February 20 * Time TBD

Dinner with Salvation Army delegates

Contact: Rev. Ray Purvis * 570-488-6142 raypurvis@hotmail.com

Special Populations

Thursday, February 20 * 1--2:30 p.m.

Contact & Registration: Larry Melnick * 404-231-9887 larry@camptwinlakes.org

Woodmen of the World

Monday, February 17 * 8 a.m.--5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18 * 8 a.m.--5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 * 8 a.m.--12 noon

Registration: Woodmen of the World

Contact: John Manna, 402-449-7744 jmanna@woodmen.com

YMCA of the USA

Wednesday, February 19 * 7:30 a.m.--4 p.m.

Registration: YMCA of the USA

Contact: Gary Forster * 800-872-9622, ext. 2985, gary.forster@ymca.net

Educational/Professional Opportunities

This years theme of "Character" helps us examine the elements of character as part of creating a supportive camp community. While the conference program includes a wide range of important topics, the overall purpose of what we do focuses on what we want our campers to take away from the camp experience. By creating an intentional experience, campers learn to take responsibility for their actions, gain skills in relating to others, develop character, and become better prepared to live their lives with integrity and purpose.

As the knowledge center for the camping industry, the American Camping Association has designed its national conference to position camp professionals for the future through inspiring presentations and challenging discussion of emerging trends, vital issues, and visionary thinking.

Opening--Great Beginnings of Your "Peak Experience"

U.S. Congressman Mark Udall (invited)

ACA is proud to present U.S. Congressman Mark Udall as the keynote speaker for the Opening General Session. Congressman Udall will kick off our "Peak Experience" by welcoming us to Denver, and by giving us an overview of federal issues that have the possibility of impacting camp operations in the months and years to come.

Congressman Udall represents Colorado's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. A member of the House Resources Committee, he sits on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands and the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health.

Mark developed a long and successful career with the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS), as a course director and educator from 1975-85 and as the organization's executive director from 1985-95. Taking the challenges of his career into his own life, Mark is an avid mountain climber and has climbed or attempted some of the world's most challenging peaks, including Mt. Everest.

Keynote Address: Camping and Community--How Camps Can Build Character and Citizenship

Brenda Light Bredemeler, Ph.D., Co-Director & Co-Founder--Mendelson Center for Sports, Character & Community, University of Notre Dame

Our contemporary understanding of character emphasizes individual virtue to the neglect of the virtues of citizenship. Camps can play an important role, in the revitalization of public life. Youth who participate in camps are in that life stage between "life in the home" and "life in society." No longer limited to the home, but not. yet fully ready for the world of adult responsibility, youth at this stage are in need of transitional communities where they are known, needed, and cared about. Camps can be a major influence on how youth eventually relate to the broader society. If the camp becomes a community where one feels known, needed, and cared about--and where one is given real responsibility for the shaping of the community life--then the camp can function as a transitional community paving the way for active participation in the broader society.

Keynote Address: The Five Phases of Character Development at Camp

Ron Kinnamon, Chair--Character Counts! Coalition

We develop character in camp by teaching and demonstrating core values to our campers, but we have not been as intentional as we could be in conveying these core values. Kids today did not suddenly develop a lack of respect, responsibility, or other values. They are living by the values that we have passed on to them. We don't have a youth problem--we have an adult problem. Ron Kinnamon, Chair of the Character Counts! Coalition, will address these issues by speaking about the five phases of character development, which can be directly implemented at your camp and community:

* Teaching Six Core Values to Children and Youth

* Mobilizing Others to Teach These Values

* Using Character Development as an Organizational Development Tool for Your Camp

* Understanding the Impact of These Values on Our Personal Lives

* The Use of Fun in Teaching Values at Camp

Keynote Address: Character Education--Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Values and Kids

Alphie Kohn, Noted Author and Speaker

Camping is about having fun and developing skills, but it can also offer an opportunity to help children become good people. Apart from disagreement about which virtues to emphasize--obedience or skepticism? patriotism or compassion?--there may be deeper problems with the idea of rewarding children when they comply with our expectations, and with the idea of instilling virtues in campers as though they were empty containers, In his keynote address, Kohn explores the alternative: an approach in which children actively participate in constructing moral meaning. To develop a deep commitment to being good--rather than merely doing what they are told--children must have a role in making decisions and solving problems. They need opportunities to reflect together about the nature of fairness, the rationale for honesty, and what to do when two virtues seem to pull in opposite directions. In short, they must be helped to figure out for themselves (and with one another) what kind of person one ought to be.

Educational Sessions

Select from 165 hours of specialized education.

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