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Professional Development Calendar.


ACA Michigan Section Fall Gathering

Date November 1, 2002

Location Leelanua Outdoor Center

Camps Leelanau & Kohohna Maple City, MI

Contact Renee Deroche


Features Jeffery Leiken speaking on "The Next Generation of Camping, Camping Outside the Box," and a celebration luncheon for longtime supporter Bill Shipp who is retiring as camp program manager for licensing in Michigan.

Search Institute Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth 2002


Date November 7-9, 2002

Location Minneapolis Hilton & Convention Center

Minneapolis, MN

Contact Liz Brekke


Learn skills, ideas, stories, and new research that can strengthen asset-building and community-building efforts; connect with and learn from hundreds of youth and adult asset builders from diverse communities, backgrounds, and aspects of community life; renew your vision and commitment to asset and community building; and find the tools, ideas, and connections you need to strengthen, expand, and transform your asset-building efforts.

Bag of Tricks with Adam Walsh

Date November 10, 2002

Location Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Contact Bill Quinn


Add activities to your bag of tricks--for the beginning facilitator and also activities for the veteran (e.g., adventure games and activities, processing techniques, and ideas to utilize these techniques in a variety of settings).

Annual Great Rivers Conference

Date November 12-14, 2002

Location Camp Carol Joy Holling Ashland, NE

Contact ACA Section Office


Keynote speaker and presenter, Sam Sikes, will use experience-based training techniques to teach corporate teambuilding, leadership, total quality management, and statistics.

Indiana Section Winter Conference

Date November 20-21, 2002

Location Camp Tecumseh

West Lafayette, IN

Contact Babs Beck


A lively combination of professional development and networking opportunities for camps and camp professionals. Faith Evans, Tom Turpin, and Willis Bright are keynote speakers.

Midwest Environmental Education Conference

Date November 21-24, 2002

Location Andersen Center for Professional Education St. Charles, IL


Features concurrent sessions, halt- and full-day workshops, a keynote speaker, field trips, networking opportunities, exhibits, and vendors. The conference is organized around five strands: Leadership Development, Creativity and Innovation, Building Partnerships, Environmental Issues and Actions, and Professional Development for Teachers.

YMCA/ACA Southwest Camping Conference

Date January 15-17, 2003

Location Camp Carter YMCA Ft. Worth, TX

Contact ACA Section Office


Conference theme is Shaping Our Summer. Special guests are Bob Ditter and Michael Brandwein.

14th Annual T.E.A.M. Conference

Date February 21-22, 2003

Location Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Contact Dan Creely


Areas of concentration and individual seminars include: Adventure/Experiential Learning, Education, Outdoor/Wilderness Skills, Earth-Based Cultural Awareness, Personal Growth, and Peace/Non-Violence.


6th International Camping Congress

Date January 5-10, 2003

Location La Trobe University Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia

Contact Linda Pulliam


Sponsored by the International Camping Fellowship, the camping Association of Victoria, and the Australian Camping Association. Camp professionals from around the world will gather to explore the value of camping, networking, sharing of camp standards and programs, and exploration of the Australian environment and outdoor programs. See the Congress Web site for updates.


New England Fall Professional Seminar Camp Culture and Behavior

Date November 1, 2002

Location Crowns Plaza Natick, MA

Contact Diane Chaisson


Bob Ditter's symposium has been transformed into this one-day conference for camp professionals and their allies. Features Deborah Meier, Michael Thompson, and Bob Ditter. Discussion topics will range from "Best Friends/Worst Enemies"--social interactions between children, friendships, scapegoats, cliques, etc., and "Behavior Management With Campers" to "The Role of Trust in Building a True Culture at Camp." Bob will close with "What Can You Take Back to Camp?"--a nuts-and-bolts offering for staff training.

7th Annual Keystone Regional Camping Conference

Date November 10-11,2002

Location Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA

Contact Marc Grivna


Two jam-packed days of great learning and networking opportunities for all camps and camp staff. A full complement of exhibitors allows an early start on next season's purchasing with specials unique to this show.

Professional Improvement Meeting--New Jersey Section

Date November, 18, 2002

Location Ramada Inn Somerset, NJ

Contact Judy Trigg


Merge Scanlin, ACA executive officer of research and intellectual resources, will present "Designing Your Camp to Change Kids' Lives" and Maria Coleman, ACA national president, will discuss ACA's new endeavors from a national perspective.

Morry Stein Fall Management Conference

Date November 20, 2002

Location Crowne Plaza Hotel White Plains, NY

Contact Ilisha Stier


Addresses critical business issues facing the camp community. Camp directors will greatly benefit from learning the "best lessons" that the business world outside of camp has to offer. Using these lessons, camp owners could improve profitability and further their own businesses.

Professional Improvement Meeting New Jersey Section

Date January 23, 2003

Location Ramada Inn Somerset, NJ

Contact Judy Trigg


Chris Thurber will make a presentation on "Situational Leadership: Tailoring Your Approach to the Demands of the Situation."

Tri-State Camping Conference

Date: March 13-15, 2003

Location: Hilton New York

New York, NY

Contact: Ilisha Stier


Offering over 200 cutting-edge educational sessions for all types of camps and an exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors. On-line registration is available at


IACCA Fall Conference

Date: November 5-10, 2002

Location: Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska, NC

Contact: Al Meyer


Are your actions today insuring tomorrow's success? Strengthen your leadership skills, discover how to turn followers into leaders, and learn ways to bring your board into a shared vision. Keynote speakers, workshops, and crackerbarrels.


Oregon Trail Section Fall Meeting

Date: November 7, 2002

Location: Wittenberg Inn

Keizer, OR

Contact: Jerry Corradi


Peg Smith, ACA executive director, will be speaking on "Security and Safety in the Camp Environment." In addition, a panel of specialists in insurance and risk management issues will discuss the implications for camp operations.

Western Association of Independent Camps 2002 Conference

Date: November 7-10, 2002

Location: Pasadena Hilton

Pasadena, CA

Contact: Robin Sprague

WAIC is an organization of independent camps in the western U.S. who meet annually to share and learn together. Peg Smith, executive director of the American Camping Association, is the featured speaker.

Rocky Mountain Section Fall Conference

Date: November 13-14, 2002

Location: La Foret Conference & Retreat Center

Colorado Springs, CO

Contact: Angela Langhus


Peg Smith, ACA executive director, and Linda Ebner Erceg, Association of Camp Nurses, will deliver keynote speeches. Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service will be on hand to discuss permitting and other related land use issues. Other session topics include helping your summer staff deal with stress, employment issues, and legislative updates.

ACA Northern California Section Winter Conference

Date: January 16, 2003

Location: TBD

Concord, CA

Contact: Tina Myers

800-362-2236, ext. 03

Includes a lunch keynote by Maria Coleman, ACA national president. Conference includes workshops focused on professional development for camp administrators. Topics on marketing, PR, staff recruitment, and roundtable discussions for experienced and first-time supervisors.

ACA Camp Director Institute

Date: February 13-19, 2003

Location: YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, CO

Contact: Marilyn Allison

765-342-8456, ext. 328

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 of experience.

Basic Camp Director Course

Date: February 15-19, 2003

Location: YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, CO

Contact: Marilyn Allison

765-342-8456, ext. 328

A 4 1/2 day course for camp directors with less than five years experience. The course is designed to present specific content in thirteen core management areas--Participant Development & Behavior, Risk Management, Health & Wellness, and more. The expertise, knowledge, and diversity of the participants are integrated into highly interactive learning sessions that focus on real situations, problems, and solutions.
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