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    • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    • Thursday, June 30, 2022
    • 13 sessions
    • Online
    • 35
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    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
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    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. 

    • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Online


     WIC Wednesdays 

    About This Training…

    WIC Wednesdays provides ongoing professional development for the Women in Camp community and engagement for the Women in Camp movement. We are featuring speakers on a variety of topics with the goal of continuing education, lifting voices of peers, and community engagement.

    Kicking us off for January...


    Courageous Leadership, it's not what you think!

    Ange Atkinson, Ange Atkinson Healing & Coaching

    Come explore five unique ways to expand your leadership capacity to be more courageous, effective, and resilient! Leave with new connections, a deeper understanding of your purpose, and action steps to fuel your off season growth so you can be at your best for Summer 2022.

    Ange Atkinson

    Ange is a summer camp professional, self-care warrior, and leadership coach. In the past decade of camp directing Ange's personal healing journey inspired her to weave her experience as a leadership educator with various healing modalities to help women to stop overthinking and own their power.

    Who Should Attend...

    This session is great for women camp pros - both new camp pros and established camp pros alike! 

    Allies are also welcome to join for this program.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?

    Explore ways to expand your leadership capacity, deepening your values and unpacking your purpose will help you serve your organization more effectively.


    How does your career benefit from you attending this program? 

    Deeper understanding of your values and purpose and why it matters! Healing from COVID is a long-term, individual and collective process.

    How to Register...

    Registration deadline was January 12, 2022. Late registrations cannot be accepted. 


    Questions? Please email us at registration@acail.org. 


    • Thursday, February 03, 2022
    • Thursday, April 07, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
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    Who Should Attend…

    This event is for members and camp staffs new to ACA Illinois. 

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?

    Attending this training will help you better understand all the opportunities open to membership within ACA Illinois, connect you with peers in the community, and maximize you engagement.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program? 

    Attending this event will help garner new professional networks, resources to help you feel more confident and competent in your work, and feel inspired and energized.

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

    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.

    • Wednesday, March 16, 2022
    • Wednesday, March 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, March 16, 2022 @ 9:00am CST


    Module 2: Visit year, Review

    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 @ 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.

    • Tuesday, April 05, 2022
    • Tuesday, April 12, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    About This Training…

    Plan your most awesome staff training! You know you’re going to spend hours on designing this year’s camp training—let us help you do it faster, with less stress, and turbocharge its quality with the expert guidance of a world-renowned master trainer. 

    • Give yourself a “hand” with Michael’s Five Fingers of Fantastic training, including a unique, step-by-step checklist for successfully building the precise essential elements of terrific training

    • Use terrific, precise and practical methods to greet staff, begin training to focus on mission and motivation, set expectations, and build a community of positive relationships—all while modeling how staff can use this to do the same with their campers

    • Grab attention & motivate full participation—even from returning staff who “have heard it all”

    • Maximize learning with Michael’s creative, highly acclaimed teaching techniques that get people involved instead of listening to “lectures”

    • Boost professionalism and responsibility, even in young staff for whom this may be a first job

    • Learn outstanding, original activities you won’t find elsewhere to boost your training effectiveness

    This live webinar received rave reviews from coast to coast in 2020—attended by multiple people from 23 different U.S. states and three Canadian provinces!

    A total of 7 hours of time-saving, quality-boosting methods and materials taught in Michael’s trademark “use-it-immediately,” fun, and highly energetic teaching style. 

    Optional Bonus Q&A with Michael: Take the week to apply what you learned in the Webinar, and come back to get support in planning your entire staff training with Michael’s guidance, in a live online community, with opportunities to discuss and ask questions!

    Book Bonus: Webinar Registrants can get the nationally number one best-selling training books at ACA Illinois discounted prices, the lowest ever offered: Training Terrific Staff ($30), Training Terrific Staff Vol. 2 ($39), and Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say ($39) (plus shipping)  Click here to read more about the books, order form link inside registration confirmation email.

    About the Speaker…

    Michael Brandwein

    Our presenter, Michael Brandwein (michaelbrandwein.com) is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning staff trainer who has presented in all 50 states, on 6 continents, and served on the national board of the American Camp Association. He is the number one bestselling author of staff training and leadership books in the camp field. He does both in-person and online training for camps.

    Who Should Attend…

    This program is ideal for anyone who prepares, plans, teaches or leads their camp’s Staff Training.

    Why Attend...

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?

    Camps that participate in this program will walk away with a well-designed, intentional training program that maximizes time and considers the needs of the folks being trained. 


    How does your career benefit from you attending this program? 

    You’ll set yourself up for success by learning how to articulate and communicate your expectations and how to train your staff to meet them. 

    How to Register...

    Registration deadline is March 22, 2022. Late registrations cannot be accepted. 

    Payment must be made at time of registration, If you need to pay by check, please email us at registration@acail.org. 

    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, April 07, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Join us for the annual gathering to celebrate our collective impact as an Association and Camp Community. We welcome all members and supporters of ACA Illinois. 

    During this Annual Meeting we will:

    • Hear from Cat Curry, Board President and Colette Marquardt, Executive Director on the "State of ACA Illinois."
    • Explore the numbers and impact of our work through reports by  committees, Board, and staff leaders. 
    • Enjoy some intentional networking!
    • Honor our award recipients. (To be announced very soon!)
    • Hear from an exciting keynote speaker! (To be announced very soon!)

    Who Should Attend…

    This event is for all ACA Illinois Supporters, Members, Camps, friends and all DFI Title XX Partners.

    Why Attend…

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?

    ACA Illinois is a membership and partner driven mission nonprofit. This annual meeting is conducted to ensure transparency and share the latest impact on the camp community served through ACA Illinois programs, including your camp. See how your membership dues, accreditation fees, and donations are being used to further our mission and enhance the camp experience for all. 

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program? 

    Intentional involvement in a professional association like ACA Illinois builds strong connections that can and often do lead to future jobs, resources, and opportunities. Being an active member of ACA Illinois can offer your opportunity to develop new skills and further your own career while also giving back. 

    How to Register…

    This year’s meeting is a Pay What You Can event. All fees are considered a donation and are 100% tax deductible. Your contributions will help us provide critical training for camps this spring.

    Sliding Scale Fee to Benefit ACA Illinois’s Programs: 

    Free - This meeting is free. 

    $5 Supports our Zoom Subscription for one Committee Meeting

    $10 Supports our Communications Efforts to Tell the Story of Camp

    $35 Supports our Shared Interest Groups & Membership Meetings

    $50 Supports our ability to offer low cost programming.

    $100 Supports our Professional Development Events

    $250 Sends a kid to camp this summer! 

    To register, make sure you're logged into your profile. If you don't have one yet, click here!

    Payment is required at time of registration. If you would like to make your donation by check, please email us at colette@acail.org.


Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833

Email: info@acail.org

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