Thursday, March 28 – Saturday, March 30, 2019

Join us at the largest annual gathering of summer camp professionals in New England. Our community of over 800 camp professionals from 250+ camps in all six New England states - large, small, day, resident, independent, and non-profit will come together to meet and network with others in the field while learning and gaining new skills they can bring back to their camps! This conference is perfect for you if you’re a camp director or assistant director, director of operations, program coordinator, specialist, counselor, or youth development professional!


  • Take a look at our schedule at-a-glance. We will have over 50 speakers and 75 educational sessions on topics including: health and wellness, youth development and behavior, business and operations, staff training and leadership, program design and activities, and emerging issues, tools, and technology (speaker and session details to be announced in January).
    • Wednesday will be a pre-conference day including New Camp Director Workshop, Accreditation Process Workshop (formerly the Standards Course), Visitor Update Course, and Associate Visitor to Visitor Course. Pre-registration is required and more information can be found on our Professional Calendar page.
  • The New England Camp Conference has an educational endorsement from the American Camp Association and attendees will earn up to 16.5 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for full participation.

2019 Call for Proposals for educational sessions has closed as of Friday, October 26, 2018. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. We aim to make decisions by mid-December.

2019 CampEXPO Vendor registration

Past conference info: 2018 New England Camp Conference and CampEXPO

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, March 28: Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Managing Anxiety at Camp: How to Interrupt Worry in Campers, Counselors, and Parents

Camp is a time to explore, interact, and grow in environments that challenge in healthy and unexpected ways. Unfortunately, none of this sits well with anxiety’s demands for certainty and comfort. When anxious children arrive at camp, they are often ill-equipped to handle what should be a fun and exciting time. To make matters worse, the things we do intuitively to help and console anxious campers actually make the anxiety stronger.

What skills can we teach campers to handle worry? How do we model an active approach to worry (and emotional management in general) that promotes success at camp, and serves to prevent anxiety and depression in the future? This skill-based presentation describes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns--including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance—and helps change both children and adults’ engrained patterns of thinking and behaving.


Saturday, March 30: Erika Petrelli Bayh

Finding The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary 

In the field of youth work, it’s easy to get burned out and simply stop seeing the extraordinary in the work that you do and the youth you serve. Don’t lose sight of the unique gifts you offer to youth development and how you are exceptionally equipped for the role you have. Re-discover the extraordinary—first within you, and then within the world around you.  

About the speakers:


Lynn Lyons, LICSW 

Erika Petrelli Bayh

Lynn is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and author with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach focuses on teaching families how anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. She is a popular keynote speaker at national conferences and sought-after expert on the subject of anxiety, appearing in the New York Times, NPR, Psychology Today, and Time. Lynn is the author of three books and two DVD programs for parents and children. She maintains a private practice in Concord, N.H. where she sees families when not on the road.

Erika is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika's been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she had the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. She blogs weekly, and wrote an interactive journal, "On Wings & Whimsy," available for sale on Amazon. Erika lives in Indiana.


2019 New England Camp Conference

Schedule At-A-Glance 

(Draft as of 11-29-18)

 WEDNESDAY, March 27 (Pre-Conference Day)

Separate pre-registration is required for all pre-conference sessions

THURSDAY, March 28

  • 9:00 am: Daily Kick-Off
  • 9:30 am – 10:45 am: Educational Breakout Session 1
  • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Educational Breakout Session 2
  • 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch on own (pre-purchased box lunch option will be available during registration)
  • 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Keynote Address with Lynn Lyons, LICSW
  • 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm: CampEXPO Grand Opening with cash bar! 
  • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Networking Event (details TBD)

FRIDAY, March 29

  • 8:30 am: Daily Kick-Off
  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am: Educational Breakout Session 3
  • 9:45 am – CampEXPO opens
  • 10:15 am – 11:00 am: Unopposed CampEXPO time
  • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Educational Breakout Session 4
  • 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch on own/CampEXPO time (pre-purchased box lunch option will be available during registration)
  • 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Educational Breakout Session 5
  • 2:30 pm – CampEXPO closes
  • 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Educational Breakout Session 6
  • 6:30 pm: Celebration Dinner & Annual Meeting

SATURDAY, March 30

  • Prior to 9:00 am: State meetings (exact times TBD)
  • 9:00 am – 10:45 am: Keynote Address with Erika Petrelli Bayh
  • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Educational Breakout Session 7
  • 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch on own (pre-purchased box lunch option will be available during registration)
  • 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Educational Breakout Session 8
  • 2:40 pm – 3:55 pm: Educational Breakout Session 9
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Closing and raffles 

Cancellations and Refunds:
Conference registrations are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another individual from your camp by contacting ACA New England.
ACA New England is not responsible for any expenses incurred by you as a result of your registration, whether the event was attended, postponed, or cancelled. We do not offer refunds for the conference due to weather if the conference starts and we are operating as usual.