Pre-Conference Day, March 11th, 2019

The Tri-State Pre-Conference Day falls on Monday, March 11th and is intended to have workshops only. This day is designed to give you specialized opportunities to continue your education outside of general conference hours. 

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

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EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping)

Just as camps choose core values that best highlight their programs and missions, EPIC has values that serve engaged professionals in camping: tradition, spirit, safety and wellness, empowerment, and community. Our 2019 Pre-Conference is built to consider how we emulate our EPIC values to elevate not only ourselves, but also the camps we proudly represent. 

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Kurtz McKinnon to keynote our day and eager to meet and connect with all camping professionals - from first year summer staff to a full time veteran! Come join us for a day of engaging discussions and networking, created to provide clear takeaways for our EPICs!

Session time: 11:00 am - 4:00pm

Price: $75 per attendee -  Includes lunch

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, The Summer Camp Society

Workshop Schedule:

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Welcome and Icebreaker (Room 404)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Keynote (Room 404)

12:20 PM - 1:05 PM Breakout Block 1 (Rooms 418, 419)

1:05 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Breakout Block 2 (Rooms 418, 419)

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM Brain Break

2:55 PM - 3:35 PM Breakout Block 3 (Room 404)

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM Closing

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EPIC Full Agenda and Speaker Info

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.

Presenter: Jacqueline Misla, Jacqueline Misla Consulting

Session time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Price: $49 per attendee

Workshop Schedule:

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM Welcome and Overview

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM The Game is Won and Lost in the Preparation - Preparing for Success

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM You are Responsible for What Happens in the Room - Facilitation Best Practices

3:00 PM- 3:10 PM Brain Break

3:10 PM - 4:30 PM Facilitation Strategies, Components of a Training, and Principles of Adult Learning

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM The End is Not the End - What Happens after the Training is Over?

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Special Needs Camping Collaboration: Enhancing Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities 2019

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. This meeting is open to all directors, program leaders, and staff that support people with disabilities in a camp setting – including day or resident camps, inclusion programs, etc. Designated time for roundtables and networking will allow participants to discuss various topics as well as convene by specific areas of focus and program type. Attendees will share resources, learn about other programs, and walk away with tips for improving their camp!

Session time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Price: $25 per attendee


Kat Leonard, Young Adult Institute/Frost Valley YMCA

Elyse Miller, Buckley Day Camp

Eric Sasson, Camp Akeela

Workshop Schedule:

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Welcome 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM YAI Presentation

YAI has been dedicated to providing innovative services for the intellectual and/or developmental disabilities community since 1957. Today, YAI serves over 20,000 people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and more. They also offer training and support to caregivers and professionals in the field of developmental disabilities. This presentation will provide valuable tips and resources for camp leaders to incorporate into their staff training.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Networking/Cookies and Coffee

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Roundtable Topics/Breakout Sessions

 *Topics will include behavior management, staffing, programming, and more.

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM Wrap-Up and Closing

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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

Workshop Schedule:

1:00–1:15 PM – WELCOME AND OVERVIEW (Room 313)





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

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

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2019 Independent Schools Pre-Con Agenda

ACA Accreditation Process Workshops

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: Rooms 320,  321

Price: Free

Accreditation Process Workshop Registration

Make the Most of Your Camp Conference Experience: The "First-Timer's" 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. You’ll have an opportunity to meet fellow new attendees that you can look forward to seeing around the conference. Feel free to stop by one of the two sessions to meet ACA staff and learn all of the need-to-know information. You will even receive a goody bag for attending!

Speakers: Jackie Brethel and Dave Malter

Session Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Room 321

Price: Free

Registration: No pre-registration required 

*This same session will take place on Tuesday, March 12th from 7:30 AM–8:25 AM*

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