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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Camp Finances in the Age of COVID-19 (Webinar) 4/8/20 OTHER Via Zoom

This will be a two-part webinar - we encourage all participants to stay for the full duration.

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Rally the Troops: Relationship-Based Leadership Amid the Pandemic (Webinar) 4/10/20 OTHER Via Zoom

In an era of unprecedented humanitarian challenges and social isolation, summer camps can provide children and adults with a community of social support like no other. Effective leadership is most essential during these trying times, as social distancing and stay-at-home orders increase the risk for anxiety and depression among campers and employees.

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Newer Camp Director Round Table Series (Nov. 2019 - May 2020) 4/14/20 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. 

COVID-19 Can’t Cancel Inclusion (Webinar) 4/14/20 OTHER Via Zoom

In a time of great uncertainty, one thing is for certain: no matter your situation we can all use help in what has become our temporary new normal. Inclusion strategies are good for anyone during this time. Be it you, a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who has a disability, or not, we are all experiencing similar feelings of turmoil, rapid change, fear, and isolation which can affect us in many ways.

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Associate Visitor Course 4.15.20 - postponed. New date in May to be announced. 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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Self-Care During Turbulent Times (Webinar) 4/17/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED Via Zoom

Now more than ever, self-care is essential. But, if you struggled with self-care under “normal” circumstances, you might really be wondering how to start now. Camp professionals are traditionally giving, selfless, problem-solvers. Untended though, these same qualities can lead to burnout. Learn the purpose of self-care, shifting your mindset, and practical tips to apply right now to lay the foundation for future habits.

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Shift Happens: 3 Steps to Choosing Courage in Changing Times (Webinar) 4/21/20 OTHER Via Zoom

The world is shifting. A reshaping of the global landscape has prompted conversations about courage among camp professionals as they consider changes to their employment, programs, and priorities. What is courage? What really goes into choosing courage? How do I get more courage? 

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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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Urban Camp Symposium - May 2020 5/13/20 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED NonProfit Center Boston

89 South Street
Boston, MA  02111

Summer is coming and we know you’re all busy planning your programming for this year and beyond. Do you have curriculum or program you’re been using and love?

Nature Instruction Clinic 6/14/20 SPECIALIZED ACTIVITY LEADER|OTHER Camp Pemigewassett

50 Camp Pemigewassett Rd NH Route 25A
Wentworth, New Hampshire 03282

The Nature Instruction Clinic is a unique, national training program that reflects the camping world’s commitment to environmental education. This pre-season, 5½-day-long “Nature Instruction Clinic” focuses on place-based nature education in the outdoors. It is designed for instructors at day camps, resident camps, outdoor education centers, docents and seasonal staff at nature centers and national and state parks. Our goal is to facilitate better programming and instruction in a wide variety of camp and outdoor situations and settings. Each year, the Clinic is designed to meet the specific needs of the participants. Enrollment is limited to 15.

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Wilderness First Responder 6/14/20 OTHER Camp Hi-Rock

162 East Street
Mount Washington, Alabama 01258

Course will run from June 14 - 20. The course will be instructed by Wilderness Medical Associates International. The WFR course is the definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

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Camper Support Specialist Training 6/16/20 CAMPER MANAGEMENT|STAFF MANAGEMENT|SPECIALIZED ACTIVITY LEADER|OTHER Camp Hawkeye

165 Camp Good News Rd.
Charlestown, New Hampshire 03603

This intensive training is designed for individuals who would like to expand their understanding of, and ability to manage, participant behaviors at camp. At the conclusion of this 8-hour training, you will be able to provide extended supports (beyond what is likely covered in orientation/staff training for general staff in your program) for youth who are struggling to participate successfully. Additionally, you will be able to support others on your staff team with strategies and techniques to improve their skills when working with challenging participants. This training is designed to help camps/youth programs implement cost-effective behavioral supports as part of their inclusion/ MESH/ SEL efforts.

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Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification 6/17/20 CAMP ADMINISTRATION|HEALTH/WELLNESS|STAFF MANAGEMENT|OTHER Camp Hawkeye

165 Camp Good News Rd.
Charlestown, New Hampshire 03603

Get Certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid so you can help your staff who may be experiencing signs of mental health challenges or substance use disorder. With a focus on supporting camp/youth program staff, this MHFA training will prepare you to you identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use including panic attacks, self-injury, traumatic event triggers, overdose, and more. Our staff have big jobs taking care of campers - let's make sure we're equipped to take care of our staff, too!

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