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.

Fall Seminar

October 2, 2014 at Brooks School in N. Andover, MA, Child therapists Bob Ditter, M. ED., LCSW & Ethan Schafer, Ph. D will be presenting sessions on current issues for boys and girls and how they relate to summer camp. 

The ACA New England Annual Conference

 Visit our Conference page for more information on this exciting educational weekend, held every spring. Businesses interested in exhibiting can get information about CampEXPO 2014 and download the vendor application here

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.