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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Visitor Update Course 2/27/19 2/27/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED Coventry Housing Authority

4 Manchester Circle
Coventry, Rhode Island

Participants re-commit to fulfilling the volunteer role of a visitor and leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to provide appropriate support to their assigned camp in preparing for its visit based on the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition or to participate in review of the 2019 Annual Accreditation Report. Visitors will also 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.

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Visitor Update 3.20.19 3/20/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED Winding Trails


Farmington, Connecticut

Participants re-commit to fulfilling the volunteer role of a visitor and leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to provide appropriate support to their assigned camp in preparing for its visit based on the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition or to participate in review of the 2019 Annual Accreditation Report. Visitors will also 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.

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Associate Visitor to Visitor 3/27/19 3/27/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

This course is for any lead visitor who would like a review or any Associate Visitor who has recently been promoted to Lead Visitor. The course has been developed to serve as a “stepping stone” between being an Associate Visitor and Visitor. The goals are:

  • Develop a better understanding of the role of a Visitor
  • Build confidence as a Visitor
  • Understand where and how to find Visitor resources
  • Review important information from the Associate Visitor Training Course
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Visitor Update Course 3/27/19 3/27/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED ACA New England Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown hotel

700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

Participants re-commit to fulfilling the volunteer role of a visitor and leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to provide appropriate support to their assigned camp in preparing for its visit based on the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition or to participate in review of the 2019 Annual Accreditation Report. Visitors will also 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. This course also includes an additional 1-hour online segment.

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Accreditation Process Workshop 3/27/19 (formerly called the Standards Course) 3/27/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED ACA New England Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel

700 Elm St
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.

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New Camp Director Workshop Manchester 3/27/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

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.

This workshop takes place the day prior to the New England Camp Conference. It is strongly recommended that this course is taken in conjunction with attendance at the ACA New England Conference. More information on the full 2019 New England Camp Conference can be found here.

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Independent Schools Auxiliary & Summer Programs workshop 3/27/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

The focus of this workshop is to give Aux/Summer directors an opportunity to network, learn, and share in a more focused and tailored environment. This year’s program will include: a business session, an Auxiliary Program Safety & Security session, a panel discussing best practices about construction on campus, fun style Aux networking; and round table discussions.

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2019 New England Camp Conference 3/28/19 ACA NEW ENGLAND SPONSORED DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

Join us for the largest annual gathering of summer camp professionals in New England. Our community of over 800 camp professionals from 250+ camps in all six New England states - large, small, day, resident, independent, and non-profit will come together to meet and network with others in the field while learning and gaining new skills they can bring back to their camps! We also have a two-day CampEXPO as part of the New England Camp Conference where you can explore vendors who sell products and services to camps like yours!

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NE Associate Visitor Course 4.12.19 4/12/19 OTHER Merriamck Parks and Recreation


Merrimack, New Hampshire

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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Ropes Course Student Certification Weekend 4/26/19 OTHER Take Flight Adventures

506 US Route 1
Kittery, Maine 03904

Are you or some of your staff interested in working as part of the challenge course industry? For those who are outdoor education students, we are offering a weekend of skills verification followed by an ACCT Level I Certification Exam. Gaining certification indicates that you have demonstrated a set of skills and met certain criteria.

For employers looking to assess an applicant’s skills, this certification is great verification from the challenge course industry. Over a day and a half, we will review, practice, and expand upon the pertinent hard and soft skills necessary for the Level I exam. Because the certification is not site specific it is transferable to different courses. For the exam, there is both a practical and written portion.

We are excited to offer this opportunity to the next generation of industry professionals as you build your skills and hone your passion. Schedule: 5:00 PM-8:30PM Friday, April 26th & 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday, April 27th Level I Exam: Sunday, April 28th

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Ropes Course Staff Training & Certification 5/28/19 OTHER Take Flight Adventures

506 US Route 1
Kittery, Maine 03904

Get your ropes course staff ready for the season with our Challenge Course Basics program! This Level I introductory training covers the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) 40-hour curriculum that teaches the basic skills required to operate both low and high challenge course programs.

Focus is placed on risk-management, technical skills, and team-building. This training will be operated by WingSpeed Adventures, an ACCT Professional Vendor Member, at it's sister location, Take Flight Adventures, in Kittery, ME. This is a great opportunity to develop your challenge course manager or lead challenge course staff's skill set so they are more confident operating your challenge course this season. Challenge Course Basic training is scheduled for 4 days with an optional certification exam (additional fee) on the 5th day.

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