Upcoming Events & Trainings


    • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Gather in community for our Fall Women In Camp Webinar Series! This series includes a different monthly webinar on trending topics for every camp pro.

    The WIC Webinar Series is designed to amplify women's voices, however, all people are welcome to attend and participate. 

    Click on the link to learn more about each session:

    September: How To Talk About the Hard Parts of Your Camp’s History

    Chloe Holmquist, Camp Ouareau & Anne-Sophie Normand, Camp Ouareau


    October: Cultural Appropriation and the 5 Fs

    Leilani Nussman, The Northwest School


    November: Productive Transitions: Navigating At-Will Employment Changes

    Colette Marquardt, American Camp Association, Illinois

    Fall Women In Camp Webinar Series

    September: How To Talk About the Hard Parts of Your Camp’s History

    Chloe Holmquist, Camp Ouareau and Anne-Sophie Normand, Camp Ouareau

    Camp is about traditions, yet many are rooted in the appropriation of Indigenous cultures. Change is both necessary & complex. How can we be transparent about our harmful mistakes? How do we explain shifts in cherished traditions to resistant community members? We’ll discuss our Camp’s experience of change as a humbling process of trial and error.

    Chloe Holmquist

    Chloe recently graduated from McGill with a degree in English Literature. In her final year she led the Peer Support Centre, a student-run mental health organization, where she focused on increasing accessibility and inclusion. She is passionate about gender studies, youth development, & making spaces feel safer for others.

    Anne-Sophie Normand

    Anne-Sophie is currently studying special education at the University of Sherbrooke. She is passionate about helping and working with people that are often left on the side. She wishes to use her camp experience to create a safe and inclusive environment for all her future students.


    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: Having the ability to navigate hard conversations about past experiences, traditions, and systems within any institution is a challenging but needed skill if you seek to make change. This essential executive skill is a must have for aspiring and current executive leaders.

    Camp Advancement: It's not uncommon for camps to be challenged by their community when they seek to change traditions that have deep roots in the camp’s history. It’s essential for camps to be ready to talk about these needed changes honestly - the good and the bad - to bring the community together towards positive change. 

    October: Cultural Appropriation and the 5 Fs

    Leilani Nussman, The Northwest School

    What is Cultural Appropriation really? What is the difference between appropriation and appreciation? Through a concrete example of my her identity, Leilani will share a variety of ways to understand other cultures and why some of them are problematic. We will also discuss your own examples, think about how your own identity shapes your worldview.

    Leilani Nussman

    I am a mixed-race Kanaka maoli (Hawai’i) and white summer camp director. I use she/her pronouns. I live on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish people, past and present. I speak for myself and from my own lived experience. I still have work to do.


    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: Being prepared to lead change requires understanding and the ability to work through the difference between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation, especially if you seek to lead others through policy and operational changes in your future. 

    Camp Advancement: Having a deeper understanding of Cultural Appropriation will help your camp make community-driven decisions, respond well to feedback, and enhance your work towards Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. 

    November: Productive Transitions: Navigating At-Will Employment Changes

    Colette Marquardt, American Camp Association, Illinois

    As At-Will employers who want the ability to let go/terminate employees, our employees get the right to leave on their time as well - and they will! Let’s change the culture of how we can and should respond as managers when our staff resign with concrete, HR-friendly steps. Let’s also spend time exploring how you can reframe the way you navigate resigning from your own job in productive ways that benefit you. Together we can explore how to move through these transitions with less trauma and stress on everyone and more productive practices that benefit everyone and the mission - leading us to better staff retention rates overall. 

    Colette Marquardt

    Colette Marquardt is the Executive Director of ACA Illinois. Colette has a background in nonprofit management and organizational design in summer camps. Colette has a passion for leveraging Associations to model healthy, change-making, and inclusive workplaces for our industries, thus creating the world as we hope to see it.

    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: If you are a manager this is a must have executive skill. Knowing how to lead your teams through personnel changes in a productive way are required leadership skills to current and future employers. Meanwhile, knowing how to exit your current position without damaging your reputation with your manager and your peers will help you transition to your new roles in more productive, self-celebratory ways. 

    Camp Advancement: It’s not if your employees resign - it’s when. Camps that are At-Will employers must be prepared to lead strategically and with a human approach in order to move the rest of the team through the transition. If you’re not prepared to think differently about At-Will employment, these changes will further frustrations and mistrust by your employees, which could lead to more resignations. 

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    Location/Style of Event: This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.  

    The Fine Print: You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 

    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies.  

    How to Register: You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, September 29, 2022
    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Calling all members, supporters, friends, and leaders of ACA Illinois! Join us for our quarterly meetings that will provide you with real time updates on matters important to our local membership and supporters.

    Each meeting will cover different topics based on the time of year, but you can count on an update each meeting, including:

    • What the Board of Directors is working on;
    • Accreditation timelines, next steps, and reminders for Accredited camps and Visitors;
    • Important updates and announcements for the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program,
    • Upcoming events;
    • Reports from Committees and Board Members; and
    • Other pertinent information on topics such as COVID-19, IDPH, national ACA updates, and more.

    Who should attend?

    • Members of ACA Illinois;
    • Camp Director and/or ED/CEO of ACA Illinois Accredited camps and/or DFI Title XX camps;
    • Camp staff, leadership team members, and others who want to be an active part of the camp community;
    • Leaders of ACA Illinois;
    • Volunteers for ACA Illinois; and
    • Supporters and friends of ACA Illinois who seek to stay engaged and up to date.

    Why attend?

    Career Advancement: Staying up to dates on what's happening in the camp industry will position you as an active professional and help you stay knowledgeable about current trends and news. Opportunities are often shared that will aid in your career advancement; such as professional development, volunteering, and growing your network.

    Camp Advancement: There is a lot to keep up with as a camp! Stay up to date on current trends, news, updates, and more, and position your camp as being prepared and “in the know.”

    Accreditation: These meeting will always includes “What’s next!” in the Accreditation timeline. Be sure to attend so you don’t miss important deadlines or steps and can therefore maintain your Accreditation.

    DFI Title XX: Each meeting will always include a “What’s next!” for the DFI Title XX Program, as well as other important updates. Attending will ensure you don’t miss any important details or steps.

    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event. 

    The Fine Print:

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering.

    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies.

    • Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    • Thursday, November 17, 2022
    • 10 sessions
    • Online
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    Jump into our Zoom room as we further develop our understanding of gender and how our organizations can create more gender inclusive communities.  

    About the Book: 

    The days of two genders—male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink—are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. More people than ever before are openly living their lives as transgender men or women, and many transgender people are coming out as neither men nor women, instead living outside of the binary. Gender is changing, and this change is gaining momentum.

    We all want to do and say the right things in relation to gender diversity—whether at a job interview, at parent/teacher night, or around the table at family dinners. But where do we begin?

    From the differences among gender identity, gender expression, and sex, to the use of gender-neutral pronouns like singular they/them, to thinking about your own participation in gender, Gender: Your Guide serves as “a warm, inviting guide to a complicated area” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). Professor and gender diversity advocate Lee Airton, PhD, explains how gender works in everyday life; how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals; and how to ask when you aren’t sure what to do or say. It provides the information you need to talk confidently and compassionately about gender diversity, whether simply having a conversation or going to bat as an advocate.


    About the Author:

    Lee Airton, PhD, is assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies in education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. They are a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator and are regularly asked to consult on gender-neutral language and gender diversity issues in relation to media, policy, and education. They founded TheyIsMyPronoun.com, a blog on gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support in 2012 and the No Big Deal Campaign (NBDCampaign.ca) in 2016. Learn more at LeeAirton.com.

    Flexible Book Club Scheduling:

    We know you are busy and that schedules can change. This is why we offer Flexible Book Club Scheduling. Each week, participants can choose to attend one or both sessions held each week. Participants do not have to always attend the same day each week - come and go in a way that fits your needs and schedule. 

    Why attend?  

    Career Advancement: Being at the forefront of DEI work is critical for current and aspiring leaders of all types of organizations. The intentional networking that happens during a professional Book Club, offers opportunities for growth, development, and connection around the topic area that becomes translatable to resumes and career advancement. 

    Camp Advancement: Book Clubs offer organizations an opportunity to develop new skills and understanding of the topic presented and consult with other professionals on how they navigate that topic in their own organization. As organizations continue to navigate creating gender inclusive spaces for their campers and staff, this book club will provide an opportunity to learn how other organizations are adapting their policies and programs to be more inclusive. Sure, you could read the book by yourself, but reading and discussing with others helps to reinforce the subject matter and create actionable plans, solutions, & policies that will benefit your camp!

    Accreditation: The topic of this Book Club directly relates to many camps’ statements or philosophies specific to respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals. (CR-1.)

    DFI Title XX: This event will help DFI Title XX camps meet the requirements for funding related to non-discrimination. 

    Book Delivery:

    If your registration comes with a book, your book will be mailed between September 15-30, 2022 to the address provided during registration. Shipping addresses cannot be changed after September 15, 2022. Books can only be shipped within the United States. Registered participants will be provided access to the private Book Club Services Portal page after October 1, 2022. Participants will be notified by email when they have been provided access to the page. 

    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event. 

    The Fine Print: 

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering.

    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies.

    This event includes a special price for current ACA Illinois Members and DFI Title XX Partner Agencies. If membership or partnership status changes between time of registration and event, the registrant will be invoiced and responsible for the remaining balance due. If you have questions about if you qualify for these special rates, please reach out to registration@acail.org.

    • Friday, October 21, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Do you know what the number 1 rated volunteer and professional development experience in ACA is? Being an Accreditation Visitor! Join us and learn more about this popular volunteer role in ACA Illinois that can increase your professional skills, give you access to new ideas, and provide a critical service to the camp community.

    In this short session, we’ll cover:

    • Why Visitors are essential to the Accreditation program,

    • The benefits to serving as a Visitor to both your camp and your career advancement,

    • Qualifications to become a Visitor (we know you probably have them!),

    • Process and timelines, and

    • Some time for Q&A! 

    We look forward to sharing this excellent opportunity that can help your camp continue to excel and your career continue to advance! 

    Don’t worry! There is no obligation to become a visitor when you attend to learn more.

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION:

    Please note that this session is intended for potential volunteers and future Visitors for ACA Illinois. If you are from outside of ACA Illinois but interested in learning more about how to become a visitor where you live/work/summer locally, please reach out to Colette at colette@acail.org

    Location/Style of Event

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.

    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 

    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 

    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free! 



    • Monday, October 24, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 49
    Register

    This training session will prepare participants in accessing and applying for DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and funding for the next summer season. 

    This session will cover:

    • Timeline and due dates for applying;

    • Accessing and understanding all the documents required for applying;

    • Timeline for award notifications; and

    • And other important information needed to successfully apply for funding.

    Who should attend?

    The person or persons responsible for completing the application. The person or person responsible for training frontline staff that will be processing registrations.


    Why Attend?

    Having a clear understanding of the information and documents required for the application process is essential to success. Applications and Registration Forms with missing documents or incomplete/incorrect information may lose out on the opportunity to access funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Monday, October 24, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 48
    Register

    More than 250,000 clients of IDHS have had the chance to attend camp because of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program. Each year ACA Illinois works with camps who serve clients of IDHS to pay a portion of their camp fees. Join us to learn more about this unique program that has been going strong for more than 50 years! 

    This session will cover:

    • Qualifications for camps and agencies to join the program;

    • How the finances and match funds work;

    • Timeline and due dates for the application and billing seasons;

    • Outcome Reporting; and

    • And other relevant information that will help the participants understand the program. 

    Sign up today to see if your agency could access these funds!

    Who should attend?

    Agencies that host a summer camp program for 5-17 years old and  currently serve, or have a desire to serve, clients of IDHS. The Executive Director/CEO, CFO/Financial Director, Program/Camp Director, and/or Development Director.


    Why Attend?

    You should attend if you are interested in learning about this subsidy program and how your agency can access these funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    • Zoom
    • 49
    Register

    This training session will prepare participants in accessing and applying for DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and funding for the next summer season. 

    This session will cover:

    • Timeline and due dates for applying;

    • Accessing and understanding all the documents required for applying;

    • Timeline for award notifications; and

    • And other important information needed to successfully apply for funding.

    Who should attend?

    The person or persons responsible for completing the application. The person or person responsible for training frontline staff that will be processing registrations.


    Why Attend?

    Having a clear understanding of the information and documents required for the application process is essential to success. Applications and Registration Forms with missing documents or incomplete/incorrect information may lose out on the opportunity to access funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will prepare participants in accessing and applying for DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and funding for the next summer season. 

    This session will cover:

    • Timeline and due dates for applying;

    • Accessing and understanding all the documents required for applying;

    • Timeline for award notifications; and

    • And other important information needed to successfully apply for funding.

    Who should attend?

    The person or persons responsible for completing the application. The person or person responsible for training frontline staff that will be processing registrations.


    Why Attend?

    Having a clear understanding of the information and documents required for the application process is essential to success. Applications and Registration Forms with missing documents or incomplete/incorrect information may lose out on the opportunity to access funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, October 27, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, November 03, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will prepare participants in accessing and applying for DFI Title XX Camping Services Program and funding for the next summer season. 

    This session will cover:

    • Timeline and due dates for applying;

    • Accessing and understanding all the documents required for applying;

    • Timeline for award notifications; and

    • And other important information needed to successfully apply for funding.

    Who should attend?

    The person or persons responsible for completing the application. The person or person responsible for training frontline staff that will be processing registrations.


    Why Attend?

    Having a clear understanding of the information and documents required for the application process is essential to success. Applications and Registration Forms with missing documents or incomplete/incorrect information may lose out on the opportunity to access funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Friday, November 04, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Do you know what the number 1 rated volunteer and professional development experience in ACA is? Being an Accreditation Visitor! Join us and learn more about this popular volunteer role in ACA Illinois that can increase your professional skills, give you access to new ideas, and provide a critical service to the camp community.

    In this short session, we’ll cover:

    • Why Visitors are essential to the Accreditation program,

    • The benefits to serving as a Visitor to both your camp and your career advancement,

    • Qualifications to become a Visitor (we know you probably have them!),

    • Process and timelines, and

    • Some time for Q&A! 

    We look forward to sharing this excellent opportunity that can help your camp continue to excel and your career continue to advance! 

    Don’t worry! There is no obligation to become a visitor when you attend to learn more.

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION:

    Please note that this session is intended for potential volunteers and future Visitors for ACA Illinois. If you are from outside of ACA Illinois but interested in learning more about how to become a visitor where you live/work/summer locally, please reach out to Colette at colette@acail.org

    Location/Style of Event

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.

    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 

    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 

    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free! 



    • Thursday, November 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, November 11, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites - Deerfield; Deerfield, Illinois
    Register

    Camp isn’t that much different from Disney World; the culture we build at our organizations is based on who you are, how you “do” the work, and how you serve campers and caregivers (i.e.. your customers). And just like at Disney, Lee credits creating “magic” in our careers, organizations, and lives to four core concepts: leadership, customer service, culture, and management. In this exclusive, 2-day Executive Seminar, participants will explore the Disney Parks & Resorts Service Model, practical leadership strategies, and effective career advancement practices that Lee has established throughout his career.

    Over the course of this seminar, Lee will guide learners in:

    • Gaining a deeper understanding of essential customer service philosophies and how we can apply them to our camps and organizations;
    • How to become outstanding, intentional leaders using real-life examples, time management tools, and common sense approaches that can help improve your recruitment strategies and enhance your employees performance and retention; and
    • Discovering key elements of planning for career advancement, including: juggling personal and professional expectations, and how to continue having a fulfilling and meaningful career that you’re passionate about.

    Meet the 2022 Executive Seminar Faculty

    Lee retired after a career as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort and holding additional positions with Disneyland Paris, Marriott, and Hilton. Lee is the best-selling author of four books on leadership, management, and world-class customer service. Click here to learn more about Lee!


    Details:

    Schedule

    Registration

    Fees

    Hotel Rooms

    Dinner with Lee

    About the Executive Seminar


    Schedule

    (Subject to Change)

    Thursday, November 10, 2022

    9:00am - 5:00pm Day 1: Includes breakfast, lunch, & snacks.

    6:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner with Lee: A Fundraiser for ACA Illinois - additional ticket required.

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    9:00am - 3:00pm Day 2: Includes breakfast, lunch and snacks!


    Register Early. Space is limited and expected to sell out! 

    Pre-registration is required. Walk-Ins will not be accepted. Registration closes Sunday, October 23, 2022. The first 50 registrants will receive a copy of Lee's book: Time Management Magic for FREE! 


    Event Registration Fee Levels:

    There are four fee levels. Registrants must meet the qualifications for discounted fee levels.

    General Attendee - $300 per person.

    ACA Illinois Members -  $250 per person. 

    Only for individuals who are fee paying members to ACA Illinois at time of registration and event.

    Summer 2022 DFI Title XX Partner - $250 per person.

    Only for DFI Title XX Partner Agencies who were contracted for summer 2022.

    Special Rate for ACA Illinois Summer 2022 Onsite Visitors - 

    To receive this rate, please email registration@acail.org to request rate. Only for individuals who participated as an onsite Visitor for ACA Illinois during summer 2022. 

    Dinner with Lee (not included in registration fee.)

    Join Lee Cockerell for a small group dinner that will benefit ACA Illinois

    For tickets to this special event, please email registration@acail.org. Space is extremely limited and payment is required at time of registration. There will be no refunds granted for the special event: Dinner with Lee. Participants must also be registered and fully paid any fees for the Executive Seminar to attend/register this event.

    Tickets to Dinner with Lee are $300 per person. 

    Hotel Information:

    Make your life easier by booking your room at the Embassy Suites - Deerfield for only $139 per night, per room when you register. Avoid Chicago traffic and fully immerse yourself in this Seminar experience by staying onsite. 

    Click here to use our link to book your room. (Using our link helps us maintain lower fees for this event now and in the future. Thanks for helping us out by booking directly from our link!)

    About the Executive Seminar:

    What is the Executive Seminar?

    The Executive Seminar is designed to strengthen and further develop executive level skills that are transferable across all organizations and companies.

    What does ACA Illinois consider an Executive Level Skill?

    ACA Illinois considers an Executive Level Skill to be a combination of skills that are demonstrated/used in an executive level position. These may include high-level finance, customer service, strategic planning, governance, fund development, people development, organizational change, and more.

    What is considered an Executive in this context?

    Every organization titles their positions differently. For the context of the Executive Seminar, executives typically meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • Is the CEO/Executive Director of the organization or an equivalent position, OR
    • Has direct involvement in organizational decision making on matters related to goals, strategic planning, governance, finance, and/or funds development, OR
    • Aspires to work towards becoming an executive in the future.

    Who should attend the Executive Seminar?

    Current and aspiring executives of any organization, camp directors/owners, and managers. Please note that this program is designed for experienced professionals.

    Who are the faculty?

    Each year, ACA Illinois identifies faculty who are subject matter experts in their field and provide our attendees with current information that will increase their understanding and executive skills on the topic. Faculty must have extensive knowledge of their subject matter, documented experience & expertise as an executive within their subject matter, and be experienced with training/educating adult learners.

    Other Details to Be Aware of:

    This is a live, in-person event that will not be recorded or live streamed. 

    ACA Illinois will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and implement non-pharmaceutical interventions as recommended and/or required by public health at the time of the event.

    • Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, January 26, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Tuesday, February 28, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!

    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    This training session will help folks who are new to an organization that receives funds from the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding that they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines. Help yourself by ensuring the people who work directly with registering camps, paying bills, completing the outcomes reports, etc. are properly trained and ready for the billing and application processes. 

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

    • Other pertinent information required to administer the program at your agency.

    Who should attend?

    It is required that the person with the overall responsibility of the camp attend this training. It is strongly recommended that any new employees who will be assisting in completing the documents, working with the payment process, registering campers, etc., also attend. These folks may include the Registrar, Finance Director, ED/CEO, Camp Director, Program Director, Office Manager, Funds Development Director, etc. 


    Why Attend?

    Develop an understanding and comprehension of the required steps, documents, and policies to receive and/or maintain DFI Title XX Program funding. 


    Location/Style of Event:

    This event is a live, virtual event and will utilize the Zoom Meeting platform. ACA Illinois will not record this event.


    The Fine Print

    You must pay for this event at time of registration. If you would like to pay by invoice/check, please contact registration@acail.org prior to registering. 


    By registering and attending an ACA Illinois event or meeting, virtually or in-person you are agreeing to all the event policies listed here. These policies include the photo release, refund, link sharing, Code of Conduct, and other relative policies. 


    How To Register

    You must have a Member Profile to register for this event. If this is your first event with us, please click here to create a profile. It's free!


Mailing Address:

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Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603


Phone: 312-332-0833

Email: info@acail.org

Website: acail.org

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