It's Still On! - 2018 New England Camp Conference


**While snow is in the forecast for early Thursday, the 2018 New England Camp Conference is STILL ON, March 8 - 10, 2018! Check-in/registration will be open all day, so travel safely and we will see you in Manchester!**

We will accept walk-in registrations all three days of the conference. To save time in the morning, feel free to print and fill out this on-site registration form and bring it with you!

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2018 Camp Conference registration is open!


ACA New England Camp Conference registration is open! 

It's here! Time to spring forward and reserve your spot at the ACA New England Spring Conference, Thursday, March 8 - Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH! 

Register between now and February 1, 2018 to receive the Early Bird rate.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to cut down on costs and ensure your place at the 2018 Annual Spring ConferenceWe look forward to seeing you there!

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Submit Your Conference Session Proposal!


We are now taking conference session proposals!

ACA New England is currently accepting proposals from speakers for our 97th Annual Conference on March 8-10, 2018 in Manchester, NH.

Conference attendees are camp professionals and staff who come together to network, gain new skills and share best practices. Submit your proposal today!


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Thank you to all who attended the Fall Seminar!


Thank you to all who attended the Fall Seminar! 

We had a great representation of the New England camp community at the Fall Seminar. Niambi engaged the group in an active session discussing real world solutions while pushing boundaries and challenging us to really think about how are we inviting campers to join our programs.  

If you missed out on the event, or would like to learn more, join Maine Summer Camps on January 23, 2018 to further this important conversation with Niambi Jaha-Echols. 

If you took pictures at the Fall Seminar, please send them our way. We'd love to have a couple from the day to share. 

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2017 Halsey Gulick Award


Congratulations Ron Hall on receiving the 2017 Halsey Gulick Award!

For more than two decades, this year's Halsey Gulick Award winner has brought to youth camping a creative, consistent, and exemplary commitment to children and the camp organizations that serve them. From his ten years at Camp O-AT-KA, to his current position as Maine Summer Camps Executive Director, Ron Hall has built on his long-time tenure as an educator in continuing to create positive camp experiences for youngsters from all backgrounds. At Waynflete School one administrator says his impact was "immeasurable." The same is true of his current role. 

Ron sees youth camping with a broad and effective lens. At Camp O-AT-KA he created a program that met the needs of all boys with all interests. Ron was the force behind the creation of an arts facility that included photography, stained glass, and pottery studios, not to mention rocketry, fly tying and rod building. Ron's impact ensured that all boys could pursue or discover a passion. They learned the wonder of developing their own film in a state-of-the-art darkroom, soldering stained glass, or creating their own pen on a woodshop lathe. At the same time, he expanded the camp's trips and Junior Maine Guide programs. All the while, Ron demonstrated the skills that those in the Maine youth camping community know so well: a sense of humor, endless energy, unassailable collaboration and communication skills, and an enthusiastic persistence that sees a solution to every challenge. 

ACA New England has also been the beneficiary of Ron's talent. He has served as board Vice-President, Public Relations and Camp Information Task Force chairs, and was the recipient of an award for meritorious service. He is as generous as he is able. 

Ron has brought all these abilities to his leadership of Maine Summer Camps. Since assuming the role of Executive Director more than three years agom Ron has worked tirelessly to support Maine camps. He has done so with that same full-spectrum perspective that was so effective at Camp O-AT-KA. 

He has secured grant funding that has created capacity with camp alumni and demonstrated to business members the value of their donations. Maine Timberland Charitable Trust grants have funded expansion of the Junior Maine Guide Program and have enabled deserving campers from Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Camp Natarswi to train for and attend JMG Test Camp.

Ron has also reached beyond the camping community to raise awareness of Maine camps and their impact on the State of Maine. By connecting with the Maine Tourism Association and Maine chambers of commerce he has generated increased exposed for Maine camps. Similarly, he has utilized a weekly blog post and social media to heighten awareness of the camping community. And whether or not a camp is an MSC member, Ron is willing to answer questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. He is a true advocate. Furthermore, in looking outward to promote Maine camps, Ron has increased the number of Maine Summer Camps business members. Among the benefits of those additional members is their sponsorship of educational programs benefiting camp personnel and, in turn, the children they host each summer.  

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2017 Economic Impact Study


This past winter, ACA New England, ACA New York New Jersey and ACA National once again partnered to conduct an updated 2017 Economic Impact Study of ACA and non-ACA camps in the Northeastern US.     

This study, in compelling fashion, continues to tell the very important story of what camps add to the economics of each of the states involved, from Pennsylvania all the way up to Maine.

The results would not have been possible without the support you provided to this research by completing the surveys we sent you. Thank you.

Earlier today, we sent a press release out on PR Newswire to the Northeast Media sharing the results. In addition, regional media releases are going out to each state where data was collected.

It is exciting for us to reveal that summer camps have a direct impact on the Northeast of $3.2 billion. The economic impact comes from three major sources:             

View the Release                              View the Executive Summary

Thank you again for supporting this exciting research initiative. Should you hear from any media please refer them to our office.

Remember, if you need any assistance please contact our office at (781) 541-6080.

I hope you have a terrific camp season!

Bette Bussel
Executive Director
ACA New England

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Recap of our 96th Annual Conference!


96th Annual ACA New England Conference

We had such a fantastic time in Manchester, NH!
 ACA New England welcomed well over 800 Camp Professionals from March 30th to April 1st. 

To check out our Conference Award Winners click here!

To view photos from the week click here and here!

To see our all of the wonderful businesses in our Expo Hall, click here.
To see more information about our vendors, visit our virtual Camp Expo.

Thanks again everyone for making this year's conference the best yet!
We wish you all the best of luck for your summer camp season!

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Conference Registration is OPEN!


The Annual Conference is a chance for New England camp professionals to share knowledge and experience that ensures the quality of camp programs. Featuring over 35 speakers, 80 educational sessions and hosting 800+ attendees, our conference is a perfect way to network & plan for summer!  

96th Annual Conference Dates:  
Wednesday, March 29 - Saturday, April 1, 2017


*If you have any issues registering, please contact our office at (781) 541-6080.*

Michael Brandwein
2017 Keynote Speaker

Michael Brandwein ( has presented in all fifty states and on six continents. He’s the number one bestselling author in the camp field: Training Terrific Staff (Volumes 1 & 2), Super Staff SuperVision, Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Training Programs at Camp, and Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say. Michael has presented three Emmy® award-winning TV programs on working with children. A frequent national keynoter and staff trainer for individual camps, schools, and organizations, he is a former ACA national board member and has won two national awards from ACA. He’s also received the Peter Kerns Award for Advancement of Professional Development in Camps. Michael’s Juris Doctor Degree is from the University of Chicago. He and his wife Donna have two sons, Dave and Ben.

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