American Camp Association, Illinois

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Upcoming Membership Meetings & Networking Events

    • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    • Thursday, June 30, 2022
    • 13 sessions
    • Online
    • 42

    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

    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, October 27, 2021
    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online

    Join us for a Pay What You Can Fundraiser & Social to Support the Women In Camp Summit!

    Sponsored by Camps Rock

    Bring your favorite beverage and/or fun spirit to our virtual event and meet other fabulous humans with 6 rounds of female-focused trivia. No need to bring your own team as we will randomize the groups and you will meet some new friends. All levels of trivia knowledge are welcomed as each round will have a variety of questions.

    Be prepared for any type of question as not all category titles are what they seem… “Wild Women”, “Camp Songs”, “She got her start on SNL”, “Guess the Year”, “Sing it Sister”, “ Book Titles as Emojis"

    Registration is free. A donation is deeply appreciation. Thank you for helping us to continue to create change in the camping community.

    Camps Rock - Social Event Sponsor 

    Anne Potter

    (937) 271-0392

    Instagram: @campsrock

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    Camps Rock is a fully searchable and comprehensive online directory of summer camps. Using Camps Rock, parents can search by age, grade, topic, date, location, and keyword. It is FREE to list your camps, and because each of your camps are listed separately, parents can find the exact camp that fits their family’s needs. Camps Rock is Nationwide in the US, and also in Canada.

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833


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