Join ACA, New England, Mason Gates, Recruitment Evangelist at, and Kim Aycock, Volunteer Co-Chair of ACA's Project Real Job and owner of Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions for a day designed to dive deep into topics related to staffing. Our program is designed to help you understand current trends in staffing, examine job descriptions and recruitment strategies – what is working and what can we improve?, explore staffing challenges and successes at your camp, and think about internships at camp. Whether your camp is struggling with staffing or has been lucky in this area and wants to stay that way, this day is for you! There will be time for learning, information sharing, and networking. The agenda will include:

  • Keynote by Mason Gates: Redefining Work to Meet Today’s Employment Needs - How changing an employment mindset can benefit Candidates and Employers in any job, even short-term Camp Positions! 

    Employment is being re-defined daily across all strata of work. The workforce of tomorrow is also changing by the year, not the generation. Simultaneously, data is allowing a better understanding of effective employment and hiring practices. To succeed it’s becoming apparent that all organizations need to adopt a continued learning process for all parties involved. Everyone needs to be prepared for employment that’s incremental and more project-focused. Mason will bring his knowledge of the career services world and share his data, stories, and anecdotes of how tomorrow’s workplace would benefit if everyone simply changed their approach to work definitions. By embracing and applying a new mindset to your positions, your people and your careers, everyone can succeed together. 

  • Attendee-driven interactive think tank on key staffing-related topics that matter to camps led by Kim Aycock and Mason Gates

  • Session and panel facilitated by Kim Aycock: Bringing interns to your camp  - What's the difference between internships, practicums, and independent studies for students/camp staff and how do you think about integrating this into your camp's planning. 

Who: Camp professionals involved in any aspect of staff recruitment, hiring, and retention – from directors to HR professionals and everyone in between!

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Participants will receive 5 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for their full participation.

About the Presenters 

Kim Aycock has 30+ years of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert. She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences. Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations. A regular contributor to Camping Magazine, Kim also shares her ideas and expertise on various webinars, podcasts, blogs and other platforms around staff culture, development and training. She currently serves as the Chair for the Southeastern Field Office and co-leads ACA's Project Real Job Task Force whose goal is to provide resources to camps to help recruit, hire and retain staff. More information can be found on her website:

Mason Gates is an award-winning entrepreneur with more than 25 years’ experience in idea validation, entrepreneurial growth processes, strategic marketing, sales, business development, customer identification, and talent cultivation. He has been a founder/developer at such visionary entrepreneurial businesses as Campus Voice,,, and GradLeaders. He currently works with Indeed as a Recruitment Evangelist with Indeed’s Idea Center. A frequent writer, presenter, and speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurism, workforce development, and experiential education, Gates is also certified by the Kaufmann Institute to teach its FastTrac NewVentures courses for entrepreneurs. He has held numerous board and consultative positions throughout the country. He holds a B.B.A. from Radford University where he was awarded the University’s Outstanding Service Award for helping to integrate entrepreneurial studies into its College of Business and Economics as part of the President’s Advisory Council. Additional awards and recognitions include the prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Arts MUSE award for creativity in business in 2007.


Event Organizer/Sponsor: ACA, New England

When: October 30, 2019 from 10:00AM - 3:30PM (RSVP required)

Where: Camp Cedar Hill

265 Beaver St, Waltham, MA 02452

Cost: $90/Members; $120/Non-Members


Registration Information


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

Registrations are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another eligible individual prior to the start of the event.


Kerry Salvo