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Fall Seminar – All About Staffing

Date & Time: October 30, 2019 | 10:00am - 3:30pm
Organizer: ACA, New England

Join ACA, New England, Kim Aycock, Volunteer Co-Chair of ACA’s Project Real Job and owner of Camp 2 Campus Learning Solutions, and researcher Daniel Shore for a day designed to dive deep into topics related to staffing! Our program will help you understand current trends and strategies in staffing , explore staffing challenges and successes at camp with your colleagues, and think about internships at camp.

Thank you
to our seminar sponsor

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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 Daniel Shore & Kim Aycock: Meet Staff Where They Are Rather than Where You Wish They Were – Unanswered emails. Requests (demands) for time-off. Over-involved parents. What’s the matter with young people today? Most likely nothing! We have more in common with this cohort of staff than one might think; their needs are just expressed differently. We have an opportunity to communicate that we are in touch with the times and yet have a handle on timeless wisdom. Thus, we have to demonstrate that we understand the perspectives of those we hope to recruit, hire, and retain without compromising important vision, values, and views. Throughout this keynote session, data and feedback gathered directly from staff will guide us to meeting them where they are rather than where we wish they were.
  • Attendee-driven interactive think tank on key staffing-related topics that matter to camps led by Kim Aycock.
  • 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

Please note that as of 10/18/19 there has been an update to the content and speakers for our morning keynote. We apologize for the change, but are excited about this great new session we are offering!


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

About the Presenters

Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience developing young people with skills robots are unable to do. While blending the talents of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert, Kim ignites the learning for varying levels of campers and staff worldwide. She has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations. Kim speaks professionally at regional and national conferences, presents webinars, contributes regularly to Camping Magazine and ACA blogs, and serves as Co-Chair of ACA’s Project Real Job Committee. More information can be found at:

Daniel Shore is a researcher and consultant with an M.A. (and soon his PhD) in Workplace Psychology. He conducts research across numerous settings, from cybersecurity teams to summer camps, and turns data into action by (1) facilitating training experiences, (2) conducting feedback focus groups and surveys, and (3) creating professional development and training curricula. In the camp world, Daniel combines his ten summers of experience that spanned from staff member to unit supervisor to director of staff and leadership development with his research expertise to help camps strategically train staff to enhance the camp staff experience. Daniel enjoys working with camp leaders who believe what he believes: to have a great camp with happy campers, you need happy counselors, too.

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

Registration for this event has reached capacity. Thank you for your support!

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


October 30, 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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