'Save the Dates' for our 2018 Fall Professional Development Series

Posted  | by Jonathon House |

Our upcoming events take place on September 13, October 09, and October 26.

To learn more, check out Education and Professional Development.  The Camp Director Round Table Series, designed for Camp Directors with more than 6 years experience, can sign up here.  

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Salvo


Save the date for ACA New England’s Fall 2018 Events!

*NEW* Cape Cod Camp Tours – Thurs., September 13

Pricing TBD. Registration opens in July. A minimum of 20 participants required for tour to run.

Looking for a reason to visit beautiful Cape Cod that you can also call work? Or, looking to get ideas or inspiration from other camps? If so, this day of touring three varied properties on Cape Cod: Camp Burgess & Hayward, Camp Wingate*Kirkland, and Cape Cod Sea Camps with ACA, New England and your camp colleagues might be just the thing for you!


Marketing Deep Dive – Fall Seminar – Fri., October 26

Location, pricing and exact timing TBD. Registration opens in July.

Building experiences that connect consumers to stories, products and movements that resonate, building reverence, and inspiring action.

Join Kelley Freridge, Marketing Director at the Gluten Free Bar (GFB) and American Camp Association Board member, for a day of learning, discussing, and diving deep into your camp brand and marketing strategies to help take your camp to the next level. The seminar takes place on October 26.


Camp Director Round Table Series – Monthly, Tues., October 9 – May 14, 2019

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 2nd Tues. of the month, Lexington, MA. $325/member; $375/non-member. A minimum of 15 participants is required for the series to be offered.

Come to the table with other seasoned camp directors (6+ years of camp administrative experience required) and well-known camp consultant and advocate Bob Ditter for monthly peer driven discussions on issues of common concern such as parent, staffing, camper, and marketing issues. As facilitator, Bob’s role will be to guide the discussion, provide observations, and offer additional resources to participants. The group will meet monthly at the ACA, New England offices in Lexington, MA, starting on October 9. Space is limited, so register today!

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2018 Summer Airport Parking Information for Accredited Camps


Yesterday, ACA New England sent out an e-mail with updated information about airport parking  on pickup and drop off days for Boston, Portland, and Manchester in 2018. If you have misplaced your e-mail or have questions, please contact

Thank you everything you do in camping. We wish you all the best this summer. And as always, should you have questions, information, requests, etc. regarding airport parking or anything at all, please know we're here for you. 

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"Here in Hanover" profile of Posie Taylor

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The front page of Posie Taylor's profile, featured in "Here in Hanover" for the Summer 2018 issue.

Starting from the shore of Lake Fairlee and finishing as a camp icon, New England-area magazine "Here in Hanover" examined the life of a camp legend Posie Taylor in a recent profile. An American Camp Association New England Presidential Honor award recipient, she spent several stints on the ACA New England Board of Directors and served as the Aloha Foundation's Executive Director for 17 years. 

The article covers her lifetime of service, career with the Aloha Foundation, and philosophy toward the camp experience—which she summed up as "Camp is a time and place for social learning and self-discovery." 

Bette Bussel, ACA New England's Executive Director, said in the article that "her work for the benefit of camps and ACA New England has had a profound impact on the camping movement." The article was written by Pam Podger and can be found on page 56. 

“Camp is a time and place for social learning and self-discovery.”

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The Countdown is On to #CampKindnessDay


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Camp Kindness Day — July 24, 2018

On July 24 2018, the camp community will be able to participate in Camp Kindness Day – a new event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps.  This is our opportunity to demonstrate to the world the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.

ACA is working in cooperation with KindnessEvolution to take a stand for a positive shift in our nation. Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will help showcase the commitment of the camp community to fostering the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity and care and integrating those values more fully into every aspect of our society.  These values are already part of the fabric of the camp experience.  We share the mission for our youth to be nurtured, taught, supported and inspired to grow into our new generation of kind, compassionate, socially-minded, community-oriented citizens.  

Camp Kindness Day will allow camps to incorporate into their July 24 programming fun theme-based activities and cooperative games, cool projects and memorable moments which will celebrate the value and impact of kindness.

For more information and resources to help you get your camp involved: #CampKindnessDay page.

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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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