Professional Calendar

The events, meetings and educational opportunities included in our Professional Calendar are geared towards people working in the summer camp field. The American Camp Association, New England provides this listing as resource information only and disclaims any responsibility or liability. Course content is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization or company. Listings are submitted by providers and sponsors.

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Newer Camp Director Round Table Series (Nov. 2019 - May 2020) 2/26/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED ACA, New England Office

80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA

For camp professionals with 1-4 years of camp director experience. Join a group of your peers for monthly facilitated discussions at the ACA, New England offices in Lexington, MA. This round table series will provide camp professionals who have between 1-4 summers as a director under their belt (or current assistant directors who will be stepping into the director role next summer) with a safe and professional place to discuss issues of common concern and a way to build their professional network. 

Avoid the Panic Hire: Take a Deep Breath Before Employing the Next Warm Body (web-based session) 2/28/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED Virtual, via Zoom

Summer is near...the pressure to fill remaining positions heightens. It is easy to convince yourself the next warm body is good enough - a decision you may regret later. Stop. Take a deep breath and reflect on the intentional framework designed to build your staff team.

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Experienced Camp Director Round Table Series (Oct. 2019 – May 2020) 3/3/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED ACA, New England Office

80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA

The first session on October 23 will take place at Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA.

For camp professionals with 5 or more years of camp director experience.

This is an opportunity for camp directors with five or more summers of director experience to come together monthly for eight sessions from October 2019 to May 2020. The monthly gatherings will be facilitated by Bob Ditter and will provide attendees with time for general discussion, an optional brown bag lunch, and breakout time for smaller or deeper discussions. While topics of discussion will be peer-driven, Bob will help set the schedule of discussions and supporting articles and resources in advance of the sessions.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid USA (Camp Focus) - FULL 3/4/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED Camp Maude Eaton

141 Abbot Street
Andover, MA 01810

This is an 8-hour education program (plus breaks & lunch) which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid uses group activity, role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

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Accreditation Process Workshop 3.25.20 3/25/20 OTHER ACA New England Conference

DoubleTree Manchester Hotel
Manchester, New Hampshire

Formerly the Standards Course, this workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits in 2019 and beyond. The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past. Every camp being visited must have at least one person who completes the workshop on behalf of the camp; that person must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

NE Visitor Update 3.25.20 3/25/20 OTHER ACA New England Confernce

DoubleTree Manchester Hotel
Manchester, New Hampshire

If you are currently an ACA visitor, and DID NOT attend an update in 2019, this is the training for you. Participants will review ACA resources and updated technology and will gain familiarity with the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition, as well as recommended communication practices for success in managing the visit or completion of Annual Accreditation Report.

New Camp Director Workshop 3.25.20 3/25/20 OTHER ACA New England Confrence


Manchester, New Hampshire

Are you a new director, or someone planning a camp career?  
In a small, supportive atmosphere, this course will provide an overview of the many tools needed for running a successful day or resident camp.  Learn from seasoned directors about many topics such as staff hiring, working with parents, managing youth of all ages, and handling everyday situations that are an inevitable part of your life at camp.  

This course will give you an introduction to many different topics.  We will provide resources, as well as opportunities to connect virtually to spend more time on several of the topics.   

A team of experienced directors and consultants will lead workshops and provide invaluable materials and hands-on training scenarios.

Independent Schools Auxiliary & Summer Programs Workshop – Exploring Behavioral Challenges 3/25/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED DoubleTree by Hilton

700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

We have been hearing that auxiliary and summer programs have seen increases in behavioral challenges of campers and mental, social, and emotional health of campers and staff in recent years. Join us for a day designed to explore multiple strategies, processes, and approaches to this work: from programs and systems to legal considerations.

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Associate Visitor Course 4.15.20 4/15/20 OTHER Camp Brookwoods

34 Camp Brookwoods Rd
Alton, New Hampshire 03809

ACA New England needs YOU as a visitor! Join us for our next Associate Visitor Course. This course is a blended learning course with the first portion completed online followed by a one day intensive hands on training.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid USA (Camp Focus) 4/27/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED Camp Maude Eaton

141 Abbot Street
Andover, MA 01810

This is an 8-hour education program (plus breaks & lunch) which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid uses group activity, role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

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New Camp Director Workshop 5.7.20 5/7/20 OTHER Camp Cedar Hill


Waltham, Massachusetts

This is "Boot Camp" for new camp directors or those planning a camp career. In a small, supportive atmosphere, we will discuss the many tools you’ll need for running a successful day or resident camp. Learn from the pros about everything from staff hiring and training to working with parents, from dealing with children to handling the everyday situations and issues that are an inevitable part of your life at camp. A team of experienced directors and consultants will lead workshops and provide invaluable materials and hands-on training scenarios.

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