95th ACA New England Conference Highlights


When you meet us in Manchester this year for our annual Conference, expect these FABULOUS Speakers,and many many, more:

Jeff Perrotti - In our Opening Keynote on Thursday afternoon, If She Can Be a Boy, Why Can't I? you can count on Jeff to provide terminology and cover the critically important topics surrounding camp policies and best practices for supporting transgender campers and staff. During Session 2 earlier on Thursday, Jeff's moderating so you can listen to and learn from a panel of transgender young people and their families, as they share their stories about ways they have been supported in the camp community, and what could make their experience even better. 

Tom Holland - If you kick off Thursday by attending the Opening Session, you'll hear from the CEO of the national ACA about the current state of our industry, the strategic direction of the national ACA board and the future of camping. And, if you'd like to hear more about What's Trending in Camp?, Tom will present again at bit later during Session 2!

Steve Maguire -  Find out from Steve The Two Most Overlooked and Powerful Elements of Summer Camp Staff Saturday's General Session followed by sessions on Storytelling, Group Power, and Building Camper Relationships.

Greg Jutkiewicz and Bob Rojee - The Closing Pep Rally ends the entire Conference by focusing on the beginning of this camp season.  Fun! Interactive! A program – with of course some multi-media effects to touch on all the senses!  – that is designed to help you take everything you've learned from the Conference and use it to enrich your own program.

Michael Jacobus - Join Michael, who has an extensive background in youth development, staff training, operations and outdoor education on Friday an Satuday! He'll be tackling helpful topics, such as, how best to work with volunteers, handling staff friendships, learning how to market to parents, and how to deal with unexpected camp situations like a pro!

Bob Ditter - Bob is a well respected child, adolescent and family therapist from Boston who works nationally and internationally with people who work with children. He'll be presenting all day Thursday about dealing with camper behavior, staff anxiety and adapting your leadership style for the next generation. 


Chris Thurber - Chris is presenting six times between Thursday and Friday! He is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father with 30 years of experience working with camps and independent schools. His sessions with be covering several ways to aide in the social, emotional and physical development of your campers!

Anthony Rao - Dr. Rao has worked for over 20 years in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He'll be offering sessions that cover new challenges today for boys, toxic competition, and the rising rates of ADHD on Thursday and Friday.


Peter Gray - Peter will be presenting on Friday the importance of play and how camps can be a solution to the act of play's declining rates. Peter is a research professor at Boston College and has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. 


Gary Forster - Gary Forster has worked with the staff and volunteers at more than 250 camps in 43 states, just since 2001. He will be presenting six times throughout the conference on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Topics Gary will be covering will include, but are not limited to camp facilities, marketing, hiring and retention rates.


CT Camp Guys - The Connecticut Camp Guys are Mark Pooler and Patrick Connelly. Mark is the Outdoor Center Director and long-time Camp Director at YMCA Camp Sloper, a Program Center of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs. Patrick is the Camp Manager for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Prior to this, he worked as the Senior Director at the Northern Middlesex, CT YMCA and served as the Outdoor Center Director of YMCA Camp Ingersoll. Join them on Thursday to find your inner superhero, learn tips from their ten years of consulting, and how to maximize the impact of character value programs for your campers.