Experienced Camp Director Round Table Series (Oct. 2019 – May 2020)

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.

Who: Camp directors with five or more summers of camp administrator experience (both day and resident camp directors are welcome!). (As space is limited, only one director per camp can be accommodated at this time.)

When: The first session will be on a Wednesday and will be an extended day (10:30 AM – 3 PM) to give members a chance to get to know one another better and develop a better appreciation of each other’s operations. This session will take place at Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA.

The remaining sessions will run on Tuesdays, 10:30 AM– 1:30 PM at the ACA, New England office in Lexington, MA. 

Knowing travel can be challenging during the winter months and some of you came quite a distance, we will also explore the option of holding a one or two sessions via Zoom to alleviate some of those concerns.

The dates for the 2019-2020 season are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 10:30 AM-3 PM This session will take place at Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
    • (note that this is the FIRST Tuesday, to avoid conflict with the Tri-State Conference)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Participants will receive 20 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for their full participation. 

If you have between 1-4 summers of experience, please consider joining our
Newer Director Round Table Series, which will start in November 2019.

 About the Facilitator

Bob Ditter has been teaching, coaching, and learning from camp professionals since he was a counselor at a boys’ sailing camp on Cape Cod in 1974. He is a highly regarded child, adolescent, and family therapist from Boston and an internationally recognized trainer and consultant. Bob has the largest lexicon of published camp titles of anyone in the field, with 5 books, 21 training DVDs, and an article or column in every issue Camping Magazine since 1987. He is currently President of the Board of Boston Explorers, an urban day camp for curious, capable kids in the city who have little access to quality camp programs. Bob is well known to folks in New England having started his own camp career here.

Event Organizer/Sponsor: ACA, New England

When: March 3, 2020 from 10:30AM - 3:00PM (RSVP required)

Where: ACA, New England Office

80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA

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

Cost: $350/ACA, New England Members - $400/Non-members. Registration is for the duration of the series – eight sessions in total.


Registration Information

Registration has closed for this program.

Questions? Reach out to Kerry, ACA New England Director of Education and Professional Development, at kerry@acanewengland.org or 781-541-6080 ext. 104.

Registrations are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another eligible individual prior to the start of the series. Once the series begins, no transfers or substitutions will be permitted.


Kerry Salvo