Thursday, March 28 – Saturday, March 30, 2019


  • 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!
  • Features over 50 speakers and 75 educational sessions on topics including:
    • Health and wellness (including mental health for both staff and campers)
    • Youth development and behavior
    • Business and operations (including risk management, crisis planning and communication, and facilities)
    • Staff training and leadership (including HR/legal topics related to employment)
    • Program design and activities
    • Emerging issues, tools, and technology
  • We have all types of speakers join us, from camp directors to professional trainers and everyone in between. 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 Conference will include two keynote speakers – one on Thursday, March 28 and one on Saturday, March 30. Details to be announced soon!
  • 75 business that sell products and services to summer camps join us at our CampEXPO with some great deals for attendees!
  • Educational endorsement from the American Camp Association and participants will earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

2019 CampEXPO Vendor registration

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

2018 New England Camp Conference and CampEXPO information


Keynote Speakers

Thursday - 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 - 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

(Draft as of 10-23-18)



Pre-conference: New Camp Director, Accreditation Process, Associate Visitor to Visitor, and Visitor Update Workshops (details and timing TBD)


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

1:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Keynote Address with Lynn Lyons, LICSW

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm: CampEXPO Grand Opening! 

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

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

8:00 am – 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

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 

Pre-conference sessions run on Wednesday, March 27 (including New Camp Director Workshop, Standards, Associate Visitor to Visitor, and Visitor Update) 
CampEXPO opens Thursday, March 28 & Friday, March 29

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.