ACA Spring Training and Networking Event at Camp K

Camp K is proud to host American Camp Association’s (ACA) Spring Training and Networking Event, on March 16, 2016.

This event is designed for New & Seasoned Camp Directors, Parks and Recreation Professionals, and Youth Development Professionals.  Whether you run day camp, resident camp, or specialized summer activities, this day will provide all levels of professionals with great opportunities for learning, networking, and preparing for summer 2016!

New Director Orientation

The New Director Orientation (NDO) is a special 6 hour course (6 CECs) for seasonal or new camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, or persons that have been in other administrative positions and are considering directing a camp. The NDO course helps directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program. The course covers five critical areas: camp management leadership, risk management, camper behavior, staff training, and staff supervision.

Register now for the NDO

Business of Camp Seminar

The Business of Camp Seminar (BOC) is designed for camp directors, administrators, and their staff. The seminar will discuss trends in camp and will provide easy “take-aways” for participants for the summer of 2016.

Featured Speakers:

Danielle Timmerman, University of Utah – Unstructured Play in Camp

Danielle TDanielle Timmerman’s history is wrapped around camp. At an early age, she knew she wanted to work in the camp industry so pursued degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Administration to make her a better camp professional. She has served in many roles within the profession but currently teaches at the University of Utah preparing the next generation of camp professional. Danielle professional experience includes directing a day and residential YMCA camp, spearheading education initiatives with the National Recreation and Park Association, building partnerships around play with KaBOOM! and teaching at nationally accredited Universities.

Jim Sibthorp,
University of Utah – ACA’s Youth Outcomes Battery

j sibthropJim Sibthorp is a professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.  He teaches courses on youth programming, outdoor education, and research design and analysis.  Jim’s current research focuses on youth development through outdoor and adventure programming. Through his work with both the American Camp Association (ACA) and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Jim continues to design, implement, and translate studies that bridge research and practice. Jim has written extensively on topics involving outdoor and adventure education and is the Coordinator of the Adventure and Outdoor Programs Emphasis at the University.

Greg Hughes, Utah Speaker of the House – Outdoor Recreation and Youth in Legislation


Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes resides in Draper, Utah with his wife Krista and their three children. After a childhood in Pittsburg, PA, he moved to Utah to work on a political campaign and ended up staying. He attended Utah Valley State College and Brigham Young University. He is a small business owner, working in real estate development and property management.  Hughes was first elected to the Utah Legislature in 2002. In 2010 he was elected Majority Whip in House Leadership and in 2014 was elected Speaker of the Utah House. 

Camp Connections will happen after the speakers, and is our time as a camp community to connect, network, share ideas, discuss common issues and enjoy each other’s company. NDO participants are welcome to stay and join the Business of Camp Seminar at no extra charge. Snacks and appetizers provided during this time. Participants who are members of ACA will receive 2 CEC’s for attending.

This event is FREE for ACA members or $45 for non-members. Not a member yet? Take advantage of ACA’s trial one-year free membership.

RSVP now for BOC.

Want to join us from out of town? Not a problem! Camp K has generously offered to provide overnight accommodations, either the night before or after the event, for additional $15.00 per person (lodging/no meals). Participants must bring their own bedding and towels. To arrange accommodations, please contact Mircea Divricean directly.

Not a member yet? Take advantage of ACA’s one-year free trial membership. Members receive a discounted rate for this event registration, so sign up today!