Newer Camp Director Round Table Series (Nov. 2019 - May 2020)

Registration for this event has reached capacity. 

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. Topics will include:

  • Building Your Team 
    • (How do we hire strategically? What about dismissals? Who is invited back or promoted? How do we mentor, engage, support and grow our staff team?)
  • Director Hacks
    • (How do we efficiently tackle the never-ending task list? What tips and tricks make or break the summer? What are our best practices, stretch goals, and fallback plans?)
  • People to People
    • (Who should be recognized as part of our camp orbit? How do we work successfully with campers, parents/guardians, agencies, donors, neighbors, and interested parties?)

Emily Golinsky, Executive Director at Camp Starfish and a member of ACA, New England’s New Camp Director Workshop faculty, will facilitate the sessions. Her role will be to provide resources to participants prior to and following discussions (books, articles, video clips, etc.), guide the discussion, and provide observations and insights, all while keeping the conversation and flow of information going!

Who: Camp directors with between 1-4 years of camp administrator experience (both day and resident camp directors are welcome!) or current assistant directors who will be stepping into the director role next summer. (As space is limited, only one representative per camp can be accommodated at this time.)

When: Most sessions will be on a Wednesday from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Knowing travel can be challenging during the winter months and some of you came quite a distance, we will also explore the option of allowing attendees to join via Zoom if needed.

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

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM 
    • (Please note this is a Tuesday and an afternoon time-frame.)
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Please bring your own brown bagged lunch to enjoy during the program.

Participants will receive 15 Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
for their full participation.

If you have 5 or more summers of experience, please consider joining our
Experienced Director Round Table Series, which will start in October 2019.

About the Facilitator

Emily Golinsky’s professional background includes almost two decades of strategic organizational development, nonprofit management, and developing/running year-round and summer programs in both day and residential environments for children in crisis, special needs youth, and traditional campers. Emily is a regular presenter at conferences and is active in ACA, New England, where she is a Lead Visitor, sits on the Fund Development and Conference Planning Committees, and is a member of the Faculty for the New Camp Directors Workshop. Emily holds Director roles on three Boards: the NH Camps Association (where she is chair of the annual conference and sits on the state licensing committee), the Hawkeye Campership Fund, and the MLPOA, which focuses its attention on preserving lake ecosystems for future generations. She holds a BS in Health Psychology from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and a Master of Science in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University Nevada. Emily has been the Executive Director at Camp Starfish since 2006, when she succeeded the organization’s Founder. 

Event Organizer/Sponsor: ACA New England

When: April 14, 2020 from 10:30AM - 1:30PM (RSVP required)

Where: ACA, New England Office

80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA

Cost: $200/ACA, New England Members; $250/Non-Members. Registration is for the duration of the series - six sessions in total.

Registration Information

Registration for this event has reached capacity. 

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 series. Once the series begins, no transfers or substitutions will be permitted.


Kerry Salvo