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    • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    • Thursday, June 30, 2022
    • 14 sessions
    • Online
    • 46
    Register


    About This Event...

    Join us for Thursday updates from ACA Illinois every month. This is time for executives, directors, and owners to gather to discuss current issues and challenges, seek advice from others, and get updates from ACA Illinois Executive Director, Colette Marquardt and Board Leadership. Jump into regular updates from our Board of Directors, Government Relations Committee as well as COVID-19 information and resources. Additionally, topics may include Accreditation, membership updates, and more. 

    Come to one or many - it’s up to you. You can even decide on the day of the event. Just think of this as a place you can come for updates and information from the Association's leadership.

    • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    • Tuesday, April 12, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Register


    Quarterly Young Professionals Board Meetings for ACA Illinois. Zoom link and details can be found on the Young Professionals Board Portal page in the Services Portal. 

    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
    • Thursday, October 21, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 86
    Registration is closed

    About This Training...

    We spent the Spring unpacking Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion by Ashley Diaz Mejias and Tiffany Jana in our book discussions and exploring what this means for our own Camps policies and practices. 

    We wanted to bring attendees together and continue reflecting on how the conversations we had impacted the work we did this summer.

    We invite you to join us in our book club groups to debrief.

    Who Should Attend...

    This event is for people who attended our event series, Camp Pros Book Club: Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion by Ashley Diaz Mejias and Tiffany Jana, in the spring of 2020.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Transform your organization into spaces that are inclusive, equitable and accessible for colleagues and campers.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    You will clarify values that you seek alignment with, evaluate and enhance your courage to initiate change, and learn to embrace risks at work as you seek to hold your values system up.

    How to Register...

    Register once, and you'll get reminder emails for both dates. You can choose to attend on Tuesday or on Thursday - it's up to you! You could even attend both sessions if you want.

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
    Join waitlist

    Let's find real solutions to the staffing crisis - together! 

    For many years, camp professionals around the country have talked about staffing challenges. Each year, the difficulty for finding and retaining seasonal camp staff has grown more difficult. The sudden onset of the pandemic only amplified this problem - it's not new, it just got harder. It’s time we start getting real about changes camps can make to recruit, hire, and retain seasonal staff - because our camps cannot function without them.

    Join a think tank group searching for intentional ideas and solutions to address this problem for their camps. Tackle questions around benefits, wages, time off, hiring procedures, culture, recruiting strategies, retention, and more. This group will lean on each other as we embrace, with curiosity, new and past methods to recruit, hire, and retain staff. 

    Why this Solutions Group on staffing?

    Promoting that working at camp is fun and builds leadership skills is not enough - camps have to rethink how they pay, recruit, train, schedule, and more in order to find the right staff to accomplish the goals. 

    FAQs about Solution Groups

    What’s a Solution Group?

    A Solution Group is a gathering of camp professionals who seek to find solutions, workshop ideas, and actively engage in solving a problem, challenge, or crisis.

    Who should attend a Solution Group?

    Any professional who is actively involved in the area of focus for the problem the group is addressing. For example, a group focused on hiring staff may include directors, managers, human resources staff, and others who participate in the hiring policy development and process. 

    What is the difference between a Solution Group and a Networking Group?

    A Solution Group requires everyone in the group to be actively involved in finding solutions. This may look like asking questions, being vulnerable with sharing new ideas, sharing real challenges, being open to new concepts, providing constructive feedback to others, and a willingness to change from what’s always been done in the past.  

    Why a Solution Group?

    Certain challenges and problems facing the camp industry are not new and are rooted in past traditions, cultural norms, bureaucracy, and the mindset of “we’ve always done it that way!” Solution Groups set out to form new ideas and develop policies and procedures that turn into change. The group will tackle hard topics from a lens of intentional and curious problem solving. Every solution may not be right for every camp, but every camp must be willing to open their minds to new strategies in order to continue to serve our campers, families, and communities.



    • Monday, November 08, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online
    • 16
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course will provide an overview of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and include:

    1. A  description of how the program functions, where the funding comes from, and how camps can partner with the American Camp Association, Illinois & the Illinois Department of Human Services to gain access to funding.

    2. Overview of agency/camp qualifications and how campers qualify for the funding.

    3. A brief summary of the allocation and match requirements and process for agencies. 

    4. Other pertinent information so that Executives and Directors can learn about the program and determine if this program will meet the needs of their camp. 

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years. New camps/agencies wishing to apply for the first time or returning after being away from the program for more than one season must complete this training prior to submitting an application.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Discover how your camp can work with ACA Illinois and IDHS to send more children to your camp! Learn how to complete the DFI Title XX process correctly and confidently so you can get funding for your camp. Spending less time going back and forth with questions and paperwork corrections means more time for you and your staff to make your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...


    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training...

    Brush up on how to prepare for and maintain your camp’s ACA Accreditation. This free, virtual presentation of the Accreditation Process Workshop is open to everyone! Send your leadership staff, office staff, and even future camp pros so that your whole team can help in the process. 

    Participants will leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. We’ll cover the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors, as well as how to maintain Accreditation in a non-Visit year. We will practice navigating the 2019 Accreditation Process Guide, and learn how to understand compliance and applicability of standards. We’ll go over all of the most current revisions and updates, and you’ll learn where to find and how to use the information, resources, and technology provided by the American Camp Association.

    Modules

    This workshop consists of 2 modules. These interactive virtual seminars will cover all of the material from the traditional course while allowing space to reflect between sessions so you can get all of your questions answered and minimize Zoom-overload. Each Module will run 120 minutes and will be a live, synchronous session so you’ll still get a chance to connect with instructors, staff, and fellow camp professionals just like in past years.

    Module 1Intro, Navigating the APG, Non-visit year, Resources, Review

    Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 @1:00pm CST


    Module 2: Visit year, Review

    Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 @1:00pm CST

    By registering for this event, you are committing to attend both modules.

    Modules are intended to be completed in order. Module 1 must be completed before Module 2. Attendees must complete both modules by March 1, 2022. 

    Who Should Attend...

    • Every camp scheduled for a visit in 2022 must send at least one person who will be working on the accreditation process to the workshop.
    • Camps who are bridging to the Accreditation Process Guide v 2019 from the 2012 edition.
    • New Camp Directors, new Executive Directors, or new people in leadership roles at ACA Accredited camps should attend a workshop before the summer.
    • Camp staff who may help with the Accreditation process are encouraged to attend.
    • Anyone who would like to become an Accreditation Visitor should start by taking this course.
    • ​Anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Accredited camp can attend!

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Those attending this workshop will gain an understanding of how to prepare for the accreditation process, gain access to resources and tools to help prepare, and receive the Accreditation Process Guide which is the most up to date version of best practices for camp.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Having the Accreditation Process Workshop on your resume and in your professional development pocket will make you an asset to any organization. This means that you have been educated on the industry's best practices and have a deep understanding of the best operational procedures and health and safety practices for camps.

    How to Register...

    Registration is FREE and open to all!

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Registration closes 2 weeks before the course as a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, so don't wait to sign up!

    If you need to complete Module 1 and Module 2 in two different months, you must register for both months' events.

    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
    • 19
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course is an in-depth look at the application process including all required information and documents. Each application component will be introduced and discussed.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years. This course should be attended by the main agency contact who will compile and submit the application.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    The first step to securing DFI Title XX funding for your campers is to make sure your application is complete and correct. Get started for summer 2021 by attending this training.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training...

    We invite you to come and learn about what the American Camp Association, Illinois has to offer its camps, professionals, and communities. We will walk you through the ins and outs of our association, what makes membership with us unique, how to maximize your ability to network, where to find information, and so much more! Discover how you can become involved by volunteering or joining a committee or the board. Get the latest information on upcoming events and resources. 

    This event is free and open to new ACA members who are part of ACA Illinois or ACA members who have relocated from another area within ACA to ACA Illinois.

    Who Should Attend...

    New Member Orientations are specifically for new members of ACA Illinois. Additionally, people who have a new role at their camp or have just started with their organization are encouraged to attend.

    This presentation will address benefits and information specific to Illinois and the service ACA Illinois provides its membership. If you are not a member of ACA Illinois specifically, we invite you to click here for courses and trainings offered by other ACA local offices.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Your camp will thrive when you start taking advantage of your ACA Illinois membership benefits. You'll leave this event feeling informed and connected to leadership and peers in the camp community.

    How will your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Learn how to take advantage of your ACA Illinois membership to advance your career. Find out about opportunities to contribute to the vitality of your camp community, invest in your professional development, and build strong relationships with other professionals locally and nationally.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Friday, November 12, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    During this training, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Allocation Memo, match payments, and final payments from the American Camp Association, Illinois to your agency. We’ll discuss the allocated days per client and how and when to submit an overbill to possibly provide funding for additional days or clients served.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Learn how to complete your DFI Title XX bills correctly and confidently. Knowing the process will allow you to spend more time making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Friday, November 12, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    Calling all registrars! This training will dissect the required camper paperwork that must be submitted as well as the Excel billing form. We’ll discuss important dates, things to remember, and strategies to ensure that your bill is 100% complete the first time it is submitted.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Learn how to complete your DFI Title XX bills correctly and confidently. Spending less time going back and forth with paperwork corrections will allow you to spend more time making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Thursday, November 18, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course will give camp leadership teams a training module to teach their counselors to effectively complete the required Camper Report Form for the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program. Participants will see an overview of three training options (a 20-minute, a 60-minute, and a 30-minute mid-summer in-service) developed by the American Camp Association, Illinois, then receive the training documents to implement in their own camp staff training sessions.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    You’ll gain tools to teach your staff how to complete their camper paperwork. When your staff complete DFI Title XX reports correctly and confidently, it shows that they are encouraging campers to grow and making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Friday, December 03, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course will give camp leadership teams a training module to teach their counselors to effectively complete the required Camper Report Form for the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program. Participants will see an overview of three training options (a 20-minute, a 60-minute, and a 30-minute mid-summer in-service) developed by the American Camp Association, Illinois, then receive the training documents to implement in their own camp staff training sessions.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    You’ll gain tools to teach your staff how to complete their camper paperwork. When your staff complete DFI Title XX reports correctly and confidently, it shows that they are encouraging campers to grow and making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Monday, December 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course will provide an overview of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and include:

    1. A  description of how the program functions, where the funding comes from, and how camps can partner with the American Camp Association, Illinois & the Illinois Department of Human Services to gain access to funding.

    2. Overview of agency/camp qualifications and how campers qualify for the funding.

    3. A brief summary of the allocation and match requirements and process for agencies. 

    4. Other pertinent information so that Executives and Directors can learn about the program and determine if this program will meet the needs of their camp. 

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years. New camps/agencies wishing to apply for the first time or returning after being away from the program for more than one season must complete this training prior to submitting an application.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Discover how your camp can work with ACA Illinois and IDHS to send more children to your camp! Learn how to complete the DFI Title XX process correctly and confidently so you can get funding for your camp. Spending less time going back and forth with questions and paperwork corrections means more time for you and your staff to make your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...


    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training...

    Brush up on how to prepare for and maintain your camp’s ACA Accreditation. This free, virtual presentation of the Accreditation Process Workshop is open to everyone! Send your leadership staff, office staff, and even future camp pros so that your whole team can help in the process. 

    Participants will leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. We’ll cover the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors, as well as how to maintain Accreditation in a non-Visit year. We will practice navigating the 2019 Accreditation Process Guide, and learn how to understand compliance and applicability of standards. We’ll go over all of the most current revisions and updates, and you’ll learn where to find and how to use the information, resources, and technology provided by the American Camp Association.

    Modules

    This workshop consists of 2 modules. These interactive virtual seminars will cover all of the material from the traditional course while allowing space to reflect between sessions so you can get all of your questions answered and minimize Zoom-overload. Each Module will run 120 minutes and will be a live, synchronous session so you’ll still get a chance to connect with instructors, staff, and fellow camp professionals just like in past years.

    Module 1Intro, Navigating the APG, Non-visit year, Resources, Review

    Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @9:00am CST


    Module 2: Visit year, Review

    Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @9:00am CST

    By registering for this event, you are committing to attend both modules.

    Modules are intended to be completed in order. Module 1 must be completed before Module 2. Attendees must complete both modules by March 1, 2022. 

    Who Should Attend...

    • Every camp scheduled for a visit in 2022 must send at least one person who will be working on the accreditation process to the workshop.
    • Camps who are bridging to the Accreditation Process Guide v 2019 from the 2012 edition.
    • New Camp Directors, new Executive Directors, or new people in leadership roles at ACA Accredited camps should attend a workshop before the summer.
    • Camp staff who may help with the Accreditation process are encouraged to attend.
    • Anyone who would like to become an Accreditation Visitor should start by taking this course.
    • ​Anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Accredited camp can attend!

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Those attending this workshop will gain an understanding of how to prepare for the accreditation process, gain access to resources and tools to help prepare, and receive the Accreditation Process Guide which is the most up to date version of best practices for camp.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Having the Accreditation Process Workshop on your resume and in your professional development pocket will make you an asset to any organization. This means that you have been educated on the industry's best practices and have a deep understanding of the best operational procedures and health and safety practices for camps.

    How to Register...

    Registration is FREE and open to all!

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Registration closes 2 weeks before the course as a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, so don't wait to sign up!

    If you need to complete Module 1 and Module 2 in two different months, you must register for both months' events. Modules are intended to be completed in order. Module 1 must be completed before Module 2. Attendees must complete both modules by March 1, 2022.

    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, December 10, 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    About the Summit...

    Join #ladycamppros from across the industry for two days of networking, discussion, and professional development designed specifically for those who identify as women working in or in support of summer camp.

    Click on the following links for more information.

    How to Register...

    We are offering three different price points for your registration from full price to heavily subsidized. We ask that each person self identifies the rate for which they can afford for this year's summit. 

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    Please contact Kim Steiner at kim@acail.org for scholarships or financial support.

    • Monday, December 13, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    Calling all registrars! This training will dissect the required camper paperwork that must be submitted as well as the Excel billing form. We’ll discuss important dates, things to remember, and strategies to ensure that your bill is 100% complete the first time it is submitted.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Learn how to complete your DFI Title XX bills correctly and confidently. Spending less time going back and forth with paperwork corrections will allow you to spend more time making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Monday, December 13, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course is an in-depth look at the application process including all required information and documents. Each application component will be introduced and discussed.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years. This course should be attended by the main agency contact who will compile and submit the application.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    The first step to securing DFI Title XX funding for your campers is to make sure your application is complete and correct. Get started for summer 2021 by attending this training.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Thursday, December 16, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    During this training, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Allocation Memo, match payments, and final payments from the American Camp Association, Illinois to your agency. We’ll discuss the allocated days per client and how and when to submit an overbill to possibly provide funding for additional days or clients served.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Learn how to complete your DFI Title XX bills correctly and confidently. Knowing the process will allow you to spend more time making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Thursday, December 16, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course is required for those who plan to apply for summer 2021 funding and have participated in the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program in previous years. We will review the requirements to qualify for funding and provide updated information as to how summer 2021 will operate.

    Who Should Attend...

    Staff at agencies who are returning as a part of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Use this course to get on top of important DFI Title XX deadlines and requirements so that you can complete the process accurately and secure funding for your campers.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Thursday, January 06, 2022
    • Thursday, January 13, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training...

    Brush up on how to prepare for and maintain your camp’s ACA Accreditation. This free, virtual presentation of the Accreditation Process Workshop is open to everyone! Send your leadership staff, office staff, and even future camp pros so that your whole team can help in the process. 

    Participants will leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. We’ll cover the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors, as well as how to maintain Accreditation in a non-Visit year. We will practice navigating the 2019 Accreditation Process Guide, and learn how to understand compliance and applicability of standards. We’ll go over all of the most current revisions and updates, and you’ll learn where to find and how to use the information, resources, and technology provided by the American Camp Association.

    Modules

    This workshop consists of 2 modules. These interactive virtual seminars will cover all of the material from the traditional course while allowing space to reflect between sessions so you can get all of your questions answered and minimize Zoom-overload. Each Module will run 120 minutes and will be a live, synchronous session so you’ll still get a chance to connect with instructors, staff, and fellow camp professionals just like in past years.

    Module 1Intro, Navigating the APG, Non-visit year, Resources, Review

    Thursday, January 6, 2022 @10:00am CST


    Module 2: Visit year, Review

    Thursday, January 13, 2022 @10:00am CST

    By registering for this event, you are committing to attend both modules.

    Modules are intended to be completed in order. Module 1 must be completed before Module 2. Attendees must complete both modules by March 1, 2022. 

    Who Should Attend...

    • Every camp scheduled for a visit in 2022 must send at least one person who will be working on the accreditation process to the workshop.
    • Camps who are bridging to the Accreditation Process Guide v 2019 from the 2012 edition.
    • New Camp Directors, new Executive Directors, or new people in leadership roles at ACA Accredited camps should attend a workshop before the summer.
    • Camp staff who may help with the Accreditation process are encouraged to attend.
    • Anyone who would like to become an Accreditation Visitor should start by taking this course.
    • ​Anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Accredited camp can attend!

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Those attending this workshop will gain an understanding of how to prepare for the accreditation process, gain access to resources and tools to help prepare, and receive the Accreditation Process Guide which is the most up to date version of best practices for camp.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Having the Accreditation Process Workshop on your resume and in your professional development pocket will make you an asset to any organization. This means that you have been educated on the industry's best practices and have a deep understanding of the best operational procedures and health and safety practices for camps.

    How to Register...

    Registration is FREE and open to all!

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Registration closes 2 weeks before the course as a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, so don't wait to sign up!

    If you need to complete Module 1 and Module 2 in two different months, you must register for both months' events. Modules are intended to be completed in order. Module 1 must be completed before Module 2. Attendees must complete both modules by March 1, 2022.

    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Saturday, January 15, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course will provide an overview of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and include:

    1. A  description of how the program functions, where the funding comes from, and how camps can partner with the American Camp Association, Illinois & the Illinois Department of Human Services to gain access to funding.

    2. Overview of agency/camp qualifications and how campers qualify for the funding.

    3. A brief summary of the allocation and match requirements and process for agencies. 

    4. Other pertinent information so that Executives and Directors can learn about the program and determine if this program will meet the needs of their camp. 

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years. New camps/agencies wishing to apply for the first time or returning after being away from the program for more than one season must complete this training prior to submitting an application.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Discover how your camp can work with ACA Illinois and IDHS to send more children to your camp! Learn how to complete the DFI Title XX process correctly and confidently so you can get funding for your camp. Spending less time going back and forth with questions and paperwork corrections means more time for you and your staff to make your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...


    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Saturday, January 15, 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course is an in-depth look at the application process including all required information and documents. Each application component will be introduced and discussed.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years. This course should be attended by the main agency contact who will compile and submit the application.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    The first step to securing DFI Title XX funding for your campers is to make sure your application is complete and correct. Get started for summer 2021 by attending this training.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Saturday, January 15, 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course is required for those who plan to apply for summer 2021 funding and have participated in the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program in previous years. We will review the requirements to qualify for funding and provide updated information as to how summer 2021 will operate.

    Who Should Attend...

    Staff at agencies who are returning as a part of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Use this course to get on top of important DFI Title XX deadlines and requirements so that you can complete the process accurately and secure funding for your campers.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training...

    We invite you to come and learn about what the American Camp Association, Illinois has to offer its camps, professionals, and communities. We will walk you through the ins and outs of our association, what makes membership with us unique, how to maximize your ability to network, where to find information, and so much more! Discover how you can become involved by volunteering or joining a committee or the board. Get the latest information on upcoming events and resources. 

    This event is free and open to new ACA members who are part of ACA Illinois or ACA members who have relocated from another area within ACA to ACA Illinois.

    Who Should Attend...

    New Member Orientations are specifically for new members of ACA Illinois. Additionally, people who have a new role at their camp or have just started with their organization are encouraged to attend.

    This presentation will address benefits and information specific to Illinois and the service ACA Illinois provides its membership. If you are not a member of ACA Illinois specifically, we invite you to click here for courses and trainings offered by other ACA local offices.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Your camp will thrive when you start taking advantage of your ACA Illinois membership benefits. You'll leave this event feeling informed and connected to leadership and peers in the camp community.

    How will your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Learn how to take advantage of your ACA Illinois membership to advance your career. Find out about opportunities to contribute to the vitality of your camp community, invest in your professional development, and build strong relationships with other professionals locally and nationally.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Monday, January 24, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    Calling all registrars! This training will dissect the required camper paperwork that must be submitted as well as the Excel billing form. We’ll discuss important dates, things to remember, and strategies to ensure that your bill is 100% complete the first time it is submitted.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Learn how to complete your DFI Title XX bills correctly and confidently. Spending less time going back and forth with paperwork corrections will allow you to spend more time making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Monday, January 24, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course will give camp leadership teams a training module to teach their counselors to effectively complete the required Camper Report Form for the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program. Participants will see an overview of three training options (a 20-minute, a 60-minute, and a 30-minute mid-summer in-service) developed by the American Camp Association, Illinois, then receive the training documents to implement in their own camp staff training sessions.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    You’ll gain tools to teach your staff how to complete their camper paperwork. When your staff complete DFI Title XX reports correctly and confidently, it shows that they are encouraging campers to grow and making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    This course is required for those who plan to apply for summer 2021 funding and have participated in the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program in previous years. We will review the requirements to qualify for funding and provide updated information as to how summer 2021 will operate.

    Who Should Attend...

    Staff at agencies who are returning as a part of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Use this course to get on top of important DFI Title XX deadlines and requirements so that you can complete the process accurately and secure funding for your campers.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    About This Training...

    During this training, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Allocation Memo, match payments, and final payments from the American Camp Association, Illinois to your agency. We’ll discuss the allocated days per client and how and when to submit an overbill to possibly provide funding for additional days or clients served.

    Who Should Attend...

    Each Partner organization must have one person who has attended this training within the last two years.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Learn how to complete your DFI Title XX bills correctly and confidently. Knowing the process will allow you to spend more time making your program shine!

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Confidently managing the execution of this complex government funding program is an accomplishment that is valued in the camp field and beyond.

    How to Register...

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.


    Questions? Email registration@acail.org.

    • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    • Wednesday, February 23, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training...

    Brush up on how to prepare for and maintain your camp’s ACA Accreditation. This free, virtual presentation of the Accreditation Process Workshop is open to everyone! Send your leadership staff, office staff, and even future camp pros so that your whole team can help in the process. 

    Participants will leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. We’ll cover the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors, as well as how to maintain Accreditation in a non-Visit year. We will practice navigating the 2019 Accreditation Process Guide, and learn how to understand compliance and applicability of standards. We’ll go over all of the most current revisions and updates, and you’ll learn where to find and how to use the information, resources, and technology provided by the American Camp Association.

    Modules

    This workshop consists of 2 modules. These interactive virtual seminars will cover all of the material from the traditional course while allowing space to reflect between sessions so you can get all of your questions answered and minimize Zoom-overload. Each Module will run 120 minutes and will be a live, synchronous session so you’ll still get a chance to connect with instructors, staff, and fellow camp professionals just like in past years.

    Module 1Intro, Navigating the APG, Non-visit year, Resources, Review

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @12:30pm CST


    Module 2: Visit year, Review

    Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @12:30pm CST

    By registering for this event, you are committing to attend both modules.

    Modules are intended to be completed in order. Module 1 must be completed before Module 2. Attendees must complete both modules by March 1, 2022. 

    Who Should Attend...

    • Every camp scheduled for a visit in 2022 must send at least one person who will be working on the accreditation process to the workshop.
    • Camps who are bridging to the Accreditation Process Guide v 2019 from the 2012 edition.
    • New Camp Directors, new Executive Directors, or new people in leadership roles at ACA Accredited camps should attend a workshop before the summer.
    • Camp staff who may help with the Accreditation process are encouraged to attend.
    • Anyone who would like to become an Accreditation Visitor should start by taking this course.
    • ​Anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Accredited camp can attend!

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?:

    Those attending this workshop will gain an understanding of how to prepare for the accreditation process, gain access to resources and tools to help prepare, and receive the Accreditation Process Guide which is the most up to date version of best practices for camp.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program?

    Having the Accreditation Process Workshop on your resume and in your professional development pocket will make you an asset to any organization. This means that you have been educated on the industry's best practices and have a deep understanding of the best operational procedures and health and safety practices for camps.

    How to Register...

    Registration is FREE and open to all!

    You'll need to be logged into the ACA Illinois Services Portal to register. Click here to create your profile, or click here to log in.

    Registration closes 2 weeks before the course as a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, so don't wait to sign up!