Education

Seminars, Certifications, & Classes for Camp Professionals

ACA, New England offers access to a variety of educational programs throughout the year.

Certification Courses, Schools & Training Clinics

These courses are offered primarily in May and June, hosted by individual camps across New England. While camps often send counselors they've already hired to these in order for them to gain additional expertise in a particular area, it's not uncommon for job applicants to attend, too. If you're a job seeker and want to find a course during the fall or winter, visit our page on ACA-Approved training sources for information on tracking down something through the local chapters of various certifying bodies.

Several camps host Certification Schools & Training Clinics that offer basic instruction and licensing/certification in a variety of instructional areas.

Click here for the Training Calendar.


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Annual & Special Educational Opportunities

The following courses and events are held by ACA, New England and take place throughout the year. 

Visit the Professional Calendar for details on upcoming events.


Accreditation Process Workshops

There are two types of Standards courses:

  • The Accreditation Process workshop (formerly the Standards Course) is designed to help prepare camp directors for their camps' upcoming accreditation visits and to serve as an introduction to the Standards program. It is a free program, offered 4-5 times/year, and is open to anyone interested in improving the quality of their camp and camp program.
  • The Visitor Update course is designed for Visitors and experienced directors who have previously taken a Standards course.

Affinity Group Round Table Series'

Organized opportunities to connect with and learn from your peers in the camping field! Held throughout the year, these multi-session round tables invite peer-driven monthly discussions at the AC, New England offices in Lexington, MA facilitated by well-known camp specialists.

Associate Visitors Course

Visitors are the heart and soul of the ACA standards program. Without them we would have no way to implement the accreditation program.  Join the team of New England Visitors by attending a ACA Associate Visitors Course. 

Camp Tours

Each year we offer an exciting opportunity for attendees to visit a selection of our accredited camps in New England! This is a great opportunity to see a variety of camp properties, experience how other organizations run their programs and facilities, re-energize by networking with peers, discuss lessons learned and hot topics from the past summer, and gain new ideas as your year-round season begins.

Fall Seminar

The Fall Seminar is a fun, interactive seminar for camp professionals.

New England Camp Conference

Visit our Conference page for more information on this exciting educational weekend, held every spring. Businesses interested in exhibiting can get information about the CampEXPO and download the vendor application here. Prospective Presenters can submit session/program proposals starting in August

Urban Camps Symposium

Join ACA New England, your colleagues, and licensed clinical social workers for a morning of discussions around key topics relevant to urban camps like yours as you gear up for another awesome summer season!