Pre-Conference Day, March 11th, 2019

The Tri-State Pre-conference Day falls on Monday, March 11th and is intended to have workshops only. 

The Tri-State CAMP conference starts on Tuesday, March 12th.


New Director's Orientation

This 8-hour interactive ACA National course provides an overview of key aspects of the camp director’s job and is intended for seasoned or new camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, or people who have been in other administrative positions and are considering directing camp in the near future. The course will cover many areas with special focus offered on leadership, risk management, camper behavior, staff training, and staff supervision. Upon completion of this one-day course, the ACA National office will mail you a certificate of completion, suitable for framing.  Join Ben Esposito and several experienced camp directors for this informative course.  Cost includes a light breakfast and lunch and full course curriculum.

Facilitator: Ben Esposito

Session time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Price: $125 per attendee - Includes a light Breakfast and Lunch

Register through our Members Portal

EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping)

Come join EPICs from around the country at a pre-conference Workshop built just for you! The day will include group discussions, so come prepared to learn and come prepared to share! Lunch will be provided. More details to be provided as the event approaches.

Session time: 11:00 am - 4:00pm

Price: $75 per attendee -  Includes lunch

Keynote Speakers: TBD

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Training for Trainers: Hands-On Workshop for Creating Trainings that Inform and Inspire

During an engaging, dynamic, and informative training session, Tri-State Pre-Conference participants will receive a “road map” for creating training experiences that are both educational and motivational. Covering all elements of a great training – including preparing for, writing, facilitating, and following up after a training – the session will provide concrete tools, real-world examples, and hands-on activities to help every participant be prepared to translate the Tri-State Conference sessions into valuable learning opportunities for their day camp and residential camp teams.

Session time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Price: $49 per attendee

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Special Needs Camping Collaboration: Enhancing Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Connecting with colleagues is a wonderful way to reflect on past experiences and discover new opportunities for growth. Join us for a gathering of camp professionals that provide programs for children and adults with special needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to share successful strategies and resources as well as challenges in regards to staff training and recruitment, programming, operations, and more. This meeting is open to directors, program leaders, and any staff who support people with disabilities in a camp setting. Roundtables, networking, and a panel discussion will provide participants the opportunity to learn about other programs and take away tips for enhancing your camp!

Session time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Price: $25 per attendee

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Independent Schools Workshop

Join summer camp and auxiliary staff from independent schools across the country for an afternoon of learning and networking. The workshop will feature targeted round tables, breakout sessions, and an opening general session with ideas for everyone. After spending the afternoon learning, join us for a networking dinner. This is a great opportunity to meet other independent school professionals before the Tri-State CAMP Conference begins!

Price: $75 per attendee. This workshop includes dinner only.

Session time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Independent School Dinner: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dinner Location: Cuba Libre, 2801 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Register through our Members Portal

2018 Independent Schools Pre-Con Agenda

ACA Accreditation Process Workshop

Accreditation Process Workshop
Four-hour in-person workshop

Audience: This workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits in 2019 and beyond. The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past. Every camp being visited must have at least one person who completes the workshop on behalf of the camp; that person must actively assist in the preparation for the accreditation visit, be on-site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit. 

Workshop Objectives: Participants leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. They know where to find and how to use information, resources, and technology provided by ACA. They can navigate the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition to understand compliance and applicability of standards, including all revisions to the standards and the accreditation process, and they can articulate the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors.

Session Time: 11:00am - 4:30pm

Where: Room 321

Price: Free

Accreditation Process Workshop Registration

Make the Most of Your Camp Conference Experience: The "First-Timers" Orientation

Join us for a brief introduction to Atlantic City and the Tri-State CAMP Conference, where you will discover the “must-attend” events that take place Tuesday through Thursday. This multifaceted program will help you determine what goals are most important to you and your camp profession, and then match up the key educational sessions and networking events you can’t miss.

Speakers: Jackie Brethel and Dave Malter

Session Time: 5:00 PM–5:45 PM

Location: Room 321

Price: Free

Registration: No pre-registration required 

*This same session will take place on Tuesday, March 12th from 7:45 AM–8:25 AM*