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Newer Camp Director Resource Community (October 2021 – May 2022)

Date & Time: October 14, 2021 | 10:30am - 1:00pm
Organizer: ACA, New England
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For camp professionals with 1-4 or more summers of camp director experience

(Both day and resident camp directors are welcome! As space is limited, we can only accommodate one director per camp at this time.)

We know that building community with colleagues from a variety of camps throughout New England will help you feel supported as you move forward in your camping career (especially after this past summer)!

Join us for a series of monthly facilitated discussions where you’ll have the opportunity to share ideas and resources, get feedback, troubleshoot challenges, and explore opportunities in a safe and professional space.

While topics are flexible based on the group’s needs/interests, discussions in prior years have included (but were not limited to) the following:

  • Building & supporting your team: recruiting, hiring, compensation & benefits, retention, training, evaluation
  • Behind-the-scenes: risk management, budgeting, technology, marketing
  • Being a leader: time management, hard decisions
  • Mental, emotional, and social health (MESH): policies, best practices, resources, self-care
  • Camp culture and tradition: exploring the “why,” innovating
  • Parent engagement: handbooks, communication, recruitment

Each month there will be time for large group discussion, presentations/guest experts, and participant-led small group discussions.

Emily Golinsky, Founder of Bright Moose Training, Consulting & Advocacy, former Executive Director and current Interim 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 encourage participant-led discussions, provide resources, offer observations and insights, all while keeping the conversation and session flow going!


Thursdays – first session October 14, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm; then monthly

For 2021-2022, we will offer a hybrid series with three in-person sessions and five Zoom sessions on the following Thursdays:

  • Thursday, October 14, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, in-person (outdoors; no virtual option) ACA, New England office, 80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA
  • Thursday, November 18, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Zoom
  • Thursday, December 16, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Zoom
  • Thursday, January 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Zoom
  • Thursday, February 10, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, in-person (Zoom hybrid option available) ACA, New England office, 80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA
  • Thursday, March 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Zoom
  • Thursday, April 14, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Zoom
  • Thursday, May 12, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, in-person (outdoors; no virtual option) ACA, New England office, 80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA

Where:            A combination of in-person and Zoom sessions (see above schedule)

How Much:     ACA members: $240; non-members: $290

Registration is for the duration of the series – eight sessions in total and is based on the individual who is signed up.

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

This series is not designed to be a how-to, but more an interactive discussion-based opportunity for directors looking to build their professional network and resource sharing as leaders. If you are looking for more skill-based sessions, please reach out to ACA, New England as they may be able to help you identify other opportunities to meet these needs.

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

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If yes, how many? 15

About the Presenter


Emily Golinsky is the Founder of Bright Moose, LLC, which provides training, coaching, consultation and professional development to camps, organizations and individuals guided by the motto “Help Others Shine Bright!” Her professional background includes over two decades of year-round and summer camp operations in both day and residential environments for children in crisis, special needs youth, and traditional campers, most recently for 14 years as the Executive Director at Camp Starfish. 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 is a Board Member for the Hawkeye Campership Fund and for the NHCamps Association, where she is chair of the annual conference. 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. She is also an education advocate for youth with special needs and a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Emily’s sense of humor and genuine warm connection to individuals comes through in her facilitation style. Fair warning:  she is an avid collector of terribly awesome puns.


October 14, 2021
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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