Education

Seminars, Certifications, & Classes for Camp Professionals

ACA New England offers access to a variety of educational programs throughout the year. To see what's coming up, check out our Professional Calendar. To submit an educational event for the Camp Professional community, click here.

ACA New England-Sponsored 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.


Cape Cod Camp Tours

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (10 am - 5 pm)

Looking for a reason to visit beautiful Cape Cod that you can also call work? Or, looking to get ideas or inspiration from other camps? If so, this day of touring three varied properties on Cape Cod: Camp Burgess & Hayward, Camp Wingate*Kirkland, and Cape Cod Sea Camps with ACA, New England and your camp colleagues might be just the thing for you! 

Meet us Camp Burgess & Hayward to start the day at 10 am. Next, we will travel to Camp Wingate*Kirkland where you will enjoy a tour and fantastic lunch prepared by the camp chef. Finally, we will end the day with a tour of Cape Cod Sea Camps and some hors d'oeuvres and social time on the camp property.

This one-day tour price includes snacks, lunch, and afternoon hors d'oeuvres! Attendees are responsible for transporting themselves to each of the camps. Register here!

A minimum of 20 participants required for this event to run.

$60/member; $85/non-member

While our programming is only a day, we know some of you may want to spend some extra time on Cape Cod before and/or after the tours. There are many hotels in the area at various price points to consider (just search online), but two options near Cape Cod Sea Camps include:

Sea Meadow Inn, Brewster, MA, (508) 896-2223 (owned by Cape Cod Sea Camps)

Skaket Beach Motel, Orleans, MA, (508) 255-1020 (starting around $110+tax/night)


Camp Director Round Table Series

October 9, 2018 – May 14, 2019 (2nd Tuesday of each month, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Come to the table with other seasoned camp directors (6+ years of camp administrative experience required) and well-known camp consultant and advocate Bob Ditter for monthly peer driven discussions on issues of common concern such as parent, staffing, camper, and marketing issues. As facilitator, Bob’s role will be to guide the discussion, provide observations, and offer additional resources to participants. The group will meet monthly at the ACA, New England offices in Lexington, MA. A minimum of 15 participants is required for the series to be offered. Click here for more details. Space is limited, so register today!

$325/member; $375/non-member. 


 Fall Seminar – Marketing Deep Dive 

Friday, October 26, 2018 (Cedar Hill Day Camp, Waltham, MA, 10 am - 3:30 pm) 

Building experiences that connect consumers to stories, products and movements that resonate, building reverence, and inspiring action. Join Kelley Freridge, Marketing Director at the Gluten Free Bar (GFB) (and formerly with Chaco and Patagonia), and American Camp Association Board member, for a HIGHLY INTERACTIVE day of learning, discussing, and diving deep into your camp brand and marketing strategies to help take your camp to the next level.  

During the one-day seminar, you will:

  • Establish your camp brand positioning language and voice. 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of your audience and target consumer.
  • Gain insight into progressive communication approaches and planning.
  • Develop a baseline for healthy community engagement. 
  • Explore challenges individual attendees face with problem solving for the real world.
  • Set goals for growing your tribe while building reverence for the social emotional learning unique to your program.
  • Learn to leverage your network through Affirming Sincere Informative and Specific communication.  
  • Discuss the digital revolution and establish realistic goals for programs that celebrate the analog life.

Kelley really wants to tailor this workshop to your needs. So, following registration, be on the lookout for a survey – your answers really will inform the day’s content and discussion!

Lunch will be provided and you will earn 5 CECs for your participation in the seminar.

$85/member; $115/non-member. 

Register here.


About the Facilitator

Kelley Freridge is the Marketing Director for the Gluten Free Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With 10 years of senior leadership roles in the outdoor industry at Eastern Mountain Sports, Patagonia and Chaco, she brings consumer insight and digital savvy to her role on the National Board of the American Camp Association. Active in the Outdoor Industry Woman’s Coalition, Kelley has been a vocal advocate for women in the workplace. She points to her childhood experiences growing up at Van Buren Youth Camp as the compass she leverages in every business decision. As a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and Mother, Kelley recognizes the essential value of outdoor experience in developing tomorrow’s leaders and is passionate about passing down this cornerstone to the next generation.


ACA 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

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. Check out the professional calendar to see upcoming courses! 

Standards Courses

There are two types of Standards courses:

  • 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 Standards Update course is designed for Visitors and experienced directors who have previously taken a Standards course.

Check for the latest scheduled Standards Courses and Standards Update Courses in the Professional Calendar.

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.