• Thursday, September 28, 2023
    • Thursday, April 18, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 24
    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:

    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, March 05, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Register


    Gather in community with other emerging and young professionals in camp on our ACA Illinois Young Professionals Board. (YPB) This group advises ACA Illinois' Board and staff on the needs of emerging professionals in camping, plans events, participates in custom professional development, networks, and more!  

    Most importantly, the YPB is meant to serve as a community driven space to lift up and support the professionals who make camp happen! Perfect for that camp pro seeking connections and support with other camp pros.

    Membership to this group is open to any professional 21-35 who are currently employed or hoping to be employed/volunteer in the camp setting.  Membership to ACA Illinois or ACA is not required. No previous experience on a board is necessary.

    It is free to join the Young Professionals Board in ACA Illinois. 

    Questions or need help registering? Email registration@acail.org


    • Thursday, March 07, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Online
    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

    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 07, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Online
    • 46
    Register

    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid. The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.


    This session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes. 

    Who should attend?

    The person who will be collecting the documents and submitting them for reimbursement. This may include the Office Manager/Registrar, Bookkeeper/Finance Director, and/or Camp/Program Director. 

    Why attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing. Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request. Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.

    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

    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, March 19, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Online
    • 47
    Register

    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid. The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.


    This session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes. 

    Who should attend?

    The person who will be collecting the documents and submitting them for reimbursement. This may include the Office Manager/Registrar, Bookkeeper/Finance Director, and/or Camp/Program Director. 

    Why attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing. Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request. Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.

    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

    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 21, 2024
    • Thursday, April 11, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 19
    Register

    Jump into our Zoom room as we dig into our next DEI Book Club pick! Everyone is welcome to join us.

    About the Book

    Approximately 2.4 million Black youth participate in after-school programs, which offer a range of support, including academic tutoring, college preparation, political identity development, cultural and emotional support, and even a space to develop strategies and tools for organizing and activism. In Reclaiming Community, Bianca Baldridge tells the story of one such community-based program, Educational Excellence (EE), shining a light on both the invaluable role youth workers play in these spaces, and the precarious context in which such programs now exist.

    Drawing on rich ethnographic data, Baldridge persuasively argues that the story of EE is representative of a much larger and understudied phenomenon. With the spread of neoliberal ideology and its reliance on racism―marked by individualism, market competition, and privatization―these bastions of community support are losing the autonomy that has allowed them to embolden the minds of the youth they serve. Baldridge captures the stories of loss and resistance within this context of immense external political pressure, arguing powerfully for the damage caused when the same structural violence that Black youth experience in school, starts to occur in the places they go to escape it.

    About the Author

    Bianca J. Baldridge is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    About the Facilitators

    The ACA Illinois DEI Committee is a group of thought leaders seeking to make both ACA Illinois and the camp community more diverse and inclusive. The DEI Committee hosts programs to further the essential work needed to create more inclusive communities. The DEI Committee also advises the ACA Illinois Board of Directors and Staff in DEI policies and procedures to ensure that ACA Illinois is a welcoming organization for all. 

    The Book Club is facilitated by the members of the DEI Committee and hosted by the Co-Chairs:

    Shauna Guglielmo, Lincoln Park Zoo Camp

    Annie Labus, Chicago Botanic Gardens’ Camp CBG

    Why Attend?

    Here are some reasons we believe attending will benefit your organization and/or your career!: 

    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. 

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Participants are responsible for obtaining their own books. We encourage folks to check their local library or consider purchasing from Women and Children First, an independent bookstore located in Chicago (ships worldwide) that supports community based organizations including ACA Illinois. 

    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, March 26, 2024
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    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 huge helping “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—and teach the core skills all staff need for success

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

    A total of 6 hours of time-saving, quality-boosting methods and materials taught in Michael’s trademark “use-it-immediately,” fun, and highly energetic teaching style. 

    This live webinar received rave reviews from coast to coast in 2022—attended by multiple people from 30 different U.S. states and Canada!

    • “An absolute must-do.”

    • “This training was simply AMAZING! It helps make the planning process of staff training so simple yet ensures staff training will be engaging for new and returning staff!”

    • “Exciting, engaging, meaningful, well-planned, exceptional execution: a MUST-DO for anyone involved in training people for anything.”

    • “This was a fun and exciting event that provided a ton of easy to use and relevant information for making your staff training both informational and engaging.”

    • “An incredibly practical expert approach to planning the most effective staff training for your camp.”

    • “Extremely helpful! I can't wait to use these techniques to revamp my training.”

    • “Practical, feasible! This approach was exactly what every Director needs to wrap their head around staff training goals and execution.”

    • “I don’t even have the words for how helpful, inspirational, and reassuring this event was.”

    • “Michael is an incredible presenter.”

    • “A practical step-by-step approach to staff training that gives you the blueprint for your best staff training ever.”

    Michael Brandwein is one of the most famous names in camp. He is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning staff and Leadership Team 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, including Training Terrific Staff (Vols. 1 & 2), Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say, Learning Leadership (CIT/LIT), Super Staff SuperVision, and Growing Great Qualities in Kids: The L.A.S.E.R.B.E.A.M. Technique for Bringing Out the Best in Young People.. (www.michaelbrandwein.com/store) He does both in-person and online training for camps.

    Who Should Attend?

    This program is ideal for anyone who prepares, plans, or presents part or all of their staff training.

    Why Attend?

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?

    Camp leaders spend many dozens of hours preparing for training. How much are those hours worth to you? You will save valuable time from this webinar because you’ll get “ready-to-go,” highly acclaimed, original activities and techniques that you can plug into your existing training or use in developing new training. Even more importantly, this content will dramatically increase the effectiveness of your training, which motivates staff, establishes an environment of professionalism and responsibility, and prepares them for success.

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program? 

    One of the most important roles at camp is setting up and presenting the training. When you can do so as an expert, using outstanding techniques and materials that make your training fresh, exciting, and highly effective, you will be—to be blunt—one of the superstars of your camp team. You’ll have a terrific toolbox for professional success now and in the future.

    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.

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    This is an interactive training course. Each person should be prepared to have their camera on, access to audio (including ability to speak and hear,) and interact within the Zoom room via a computer. Bring a notebook/paper and pen for activities. 

    There will be a short break for lunch during the 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 is a per person fee event. This event requires camera, computer, and audio access for the participants as it’s designed to be interactive. Any user that has additional persons in attendance that are not registered will be automatically removed from the event without refund. 

    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, April 03, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Online
    • 47
    Register

    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid. The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.


    This session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes. 

    Who should attend?

    The person who will be collecting the documents and submitting them for reimbursement. This may include the Office Manager/Registrar, Bookkeeper/Finance Director, and/or Camp/Program Director. 

    Why attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing. Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request. Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.

    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

    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, April 03, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Online
    Register

    The purpose of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Funding is to help clients of IDHS (campers) grow and develop in the four required growth areas.


    This session will:

    • Provide resources and training on how to achieve outcomes
    • Evaluating campers on growth;
    • Timelines, due dates, and required documentation; 
    • Adjusting programs and services to encourage growth based on findings; and
    • Other important information.

    Who Should Attend?

    The Camp/Program Director responsible for program development and training of camp counselors. 


    Why Attend?

    The DFI Title XX Program has a goal to help clients of IDHS develop and strengthen skills around personal development and relationship building with others. Maintaining positive growth is also required for camps to receive these funds. Attending will help your agency prepare and manage the outcomes development to ensure that you are both meeting the requirements and helping the clients grow.


    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

    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, April 15, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Camp Greene Wood, 3155 71st St, Naperville, IL 60540
    • 16
    Register

    ACA’s accreditation program is the only national peer review program of its kind for the camp industry. Being an ACA visitor provides you with the experience to build your network, polish your skills in observation and risk management, and develop mentoring opportunities for both you and the camps you work with. As much as you give to this experience, you’ll gain from new ideas, perspectives, and approaches to the mission-driven work of the camp industry.

    Next Steps after Registering

    You will receive a confirmation email with a link to complete the “application.” Once we have your application we will issue you a code to order yourself a free copy of the Accreditation Process Guide and be enrolled into the pre-course online. This will take about 2-4 hours prior to the onsite training but can be completed online and at your own pace.  

    Location/Style of Event

    This live event will take place in-person.

    The Fine Print

    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!

    • Saturday, April 20, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Maggiano's Little Italy, 1847 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL
    Register

    As you gear up for camp to start, grab a meal with others in the camp community before you head off to camp for the summer! We’ll network and celebrate a year of planning, doing, and so much more. 

    Highlights include:

    • Prizes, raffles and more!
    • Celebrate and appreciate our Award Honorees, who will be present to accept their awards! 
    • Recognition event for our active Committee/Board volunteers and Visitors! We want to thank you for all you do for the community. 
    • Connecting with other Camp Pros! 

    Currently active visitors and committee members can attend for free. Please reach out to your Committee Chair or the Standards Chair if you would like to attend. They will help qualified volunteers register. 

    Why Attend?  

    Career Advancement: Networking is an essential part of your career. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with new contacts and re-engage with others. 

    Camp Advancement:  Exchange numbers and email addresses to have on hand when you need another camp professional to connect with this summer during those stressful moments. Many camps rely on reaching out to other camps for support in finding certification courses, tackling staffing challenges and so much more.

    Location/Style of Event

    This live event will take place in-person.

    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 23, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Online
    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

    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, April 24, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Online
    • 47
    Register

    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid. The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.


    This session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes. 

    Who should attend?

    The person who will be collecting the documents and submitting them for reimbursement. This may include the Office Manager/Registrar, Bookkeeper/Finance Director, and/or Camp/Program Director. 

    Why attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing. Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request. Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.

    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

    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, April 24, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Online
    Register

    The purpose of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Funding is to help clients of IDHS (campers) grow and develop in the four required growth areas.


    This session will:

    • Provide resources and training on how to achieve outcomes
    • Evaluating campers on growth;
    • Timelines, due dates, and required documentation; 
    • Adjusting programs and services to encourage growth based on findings; and
    • Other important information.

    Who Should Attend?

    The Camp/Program Director responsible for program development and training of camp counselors. 


    Why Attend?

    The DFI Title XX Program has a goal to help clients of IDHS develop and strengthen skills around personal development and relationship building with others. Maintaining positive growth is also required for camps to receive these funds. Attending will help your agency prepare and manage the outcomes development to ensure that you are both meeting the requirements and helping the clients grow.


    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

    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, May 03, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 1551 W Illinois Hwy, Joliet, IL 60433
    • 91

    Join others for this special, FREE event for active ACA Illinois onsite visitors. Each active Visitor can register up to 3 people from their camp to attend. Click here for how to register.  

    Let us say thank you for giving your time and talents by inviting you to this exclusive and free event just for Visitors who serve ACA Illinois camps! 

    Kim Aycock, Kimspiration, LLC

    Kim Aycock, MST, has several decades of experience equipping young people with skills robots are unable to do. While blending the talents of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert, Kim ignites learning for varying levels of camp pros worldwide through her interactive & innovative presentations. Kim speaks at regional and national conferences, contributes regularly to Camping Magazine and ACA blogs, and serves as co-chair of ACA’s Staff Recruitment & Retention Committee.



    Jump into a day with the popular and well respected Kim Aycock for a day of training and camp leadership resources. This day will be perfect for both camp professionals and seasonal leadership team members. Come yourself and bring two people OR giveaway three spots to your up and coming leadership team members as an incentive! It's up to the Visitor!**

    Lunch is provided. 

    Not a Visitor yet but want access? Click here!

    Cost: FREE for active 2024 onsite Visitors for ACA Illinois and their guests.* ($199 value)

    How to Register: 

    Each active onsite Visitor for ACA Illinois can register up to 3 people from their organization to attend. This can be themselves plus two others, or three others and they themselves do not attend. It’s up to the Visitor.***

    For this event, an active onsite Visitor is someone who is signed up to be an onsite Visitor for summer 2024 for ACA Illinois

    Not a Visitor but want access?

    It’s not too late to become a Visitor for ACA Illinois. Click here to register for an upcoming training course. Visitors must be trained and committed by March 15, 2024 to qualify. 

    *Visitors are permitted to register up to 3 individuals to attend.

    **Yes, this is a FREE event!

    *** The Visitor must register their guests. 

    To Register, the Visitor must email registration@acail.org with the following information:

    Name

    Role

    Email

    Special Dietary Needs

    Attending Morning, Afternoon, or Both Sessions

    Deadline to register is Friday, April 19, 2024. Onsite or late registrations will not be accepted. 

    Location/Style of Event:

    This live event will take place in-person.


    The Fine Print

    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 09, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Online
    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

    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 09, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Online
    Register

    The purpose of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Funding is to help clients of IDHS (campers) grow and develop in the four required growth areas.


    This session will:

    • Provide resources and training on how to achieve outcomes
    • Evaluating campers on growth;
    • Timelines, due dates, and required documentation; 
    • Adjusting programs and services to encourage growth based on findings; and
    • Other important information.

    Who Should Attend?

    The Camp/Program Director responsible for program development and training of camp counselors. 


    Why Attend?

    The DFI Title XX Program has a goal to help clients of IDHS develop and strengthen skills around personal development and relationship building with others. Maintaining positive growth is also required for camps to receive these funds. Attending will help your agency prepare and manage the outcomes development to ensure that you are both meeting the requirements and helping the clients grow.


    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

    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, May 17, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Get your directors, site directors, team leaders, supervisors, and other members of your Leadership Team—new or experienced—trained in one dynamic online seminar! (And it’s also invaluable for those who train the Team.)

    Superb training of your Leadership Team is one of the best investments you ever make in camp success. This is the acclaimed, skill-packed, one-of-a-kind training that receives rave reviews and is presented by the award-winning, internationally famous author of the number one national best-selling book that’s considered the “must have” source on the subject, Super Staff SuperVision. 

    Leadership Team members learn what to say and do every day to be one of the very best leaders at camp, including:

    • 6 Paths: the six essential things Leadership Team members must do every day when “walking around” and how to get them done brilliantly
    • Identify the exact behaviors we want to develop in our staff
    • Michael’s CDOS technique to coach staff to learn and use those behaviors
    • Special techniques to work with a new generation of staff (“Many staff seem different, more stressed, and don’t seem to come to this job knowing what we used to take for granted…”)
    • The key secret to motivating staff
    • Building professionalism and responsibility in staff (“It’s a real job!”)
    • Handling tough staff behavior with calmness and confidence, replacing it with great choices
    • More campers, more retention—increasing program creativity to stand out from the rest

    Fast paced, interactive, and highly effective: A total of 5.75 hours taught in Michael’s trademark “use-it-immediately,” fun, and highly energetic teaching style.

    Michael Brandwein is one of the most famous names in camp. He is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning staff and Leadership Team 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, including Training Terrific Staff (Vols. 1 & 2), Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say, Learning Leadership (CIT/LIT), Super Staff SuperVision, and Growing Great Qualities in Kids: The L.A.S.E.R.B.E.A.M. Technique for Bringing Out the Best in Young People. (www.michaelbrandwein.com/store) He does both in-person and online training for camps.

    Who Should Attend?

    This program is ideal for anyone who leads staff themselves, or who trains members of the Leadership Team on how to supervise others. It will be great for both new and experienced people.

    Why Attend?

    How will your camp benefit from you attending this program?

    This course was developed to meet the needs of camp directors and owners who were looking for a place to send Leadership Team members so that they will get and practice the skills necessary for supervision success. A lot of new Leadership Team members get promoted from front-line positions but may not have much if any experience in leading peers and others. Experienced Leadership Team members need fresh, advanced skills to keep them motivated and challenged in positive ways. To train all of these people, you require an excellent curriculum of the skills they’ll need and effective ways to teach them in an effective, motivating, and highly engaging way. This course provides that. 

    How does your career benefit from you attending this program? 

    If you’re a director, it gives you a way to support the most important people at camp. The Leadership Team is the engine that drives camp to success. If you’re a member of the Leadership Team, you’ll get specific, practical tools and techniques you can use every day to be one of the stars of your camp and bring out the best in everyone. And these methods will qualify you throughout your life as you develop positive working relationships as a leader and manager of others.

    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.

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    This is an interactive training course. Each person should be prepared to have their camera on, access to audio (including ability to speak and hear,) and interact within the Zoom room via a computer. Bring a notebook/paper and pen for activities. 

    There will be a short break for lunch during the 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. 


    This is a per person fee event. This event requires camera, computer, and audio access for the participants as it’s designed to be interactive. Any user that has additional persons in attendance that are not registered will be automatically removed from the event without refund.

    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, May 21, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Online
    • 46
    Register

    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid. The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.


    This session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes. 

    Who should attend?

    The person who will be collecting the documents and submitting them for reimbursement. This may include the Office Manager/Registrar, Bookkeeper/Finance Director, and/or Camp/Program Director. 

    Why attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing. Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request. Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.

    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

    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, May 21, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Online
    Register

    The purpose of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Funding is to help clients of IDHS (campers) grow and develop in the four required growth areas.


    This session will:

    • Provide resources and training on how to achieve outcomes
    • Evaluating campers on growth;
    • Timelines, due dates, and required documentation; 
    • Adjusting programs and services to encourage growth based on findings; and
    • Other important information.

    Who Should Attend?

    The Camp/Program Director responsible for program development and training of camp counselors. 


    Why Attend?

    The DFI Title XX Program has a goal to help clients of IDHS develop and strengthen skills around personal development and relationship building with others. Maintaining positive growth is also required for camps to receive these funds. Attending will help your agency prepare and manage the outcomes development to ensure that you are both meeting the requirements and helping the clients grow.


    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

    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, June 04, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Online
    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

    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, June 25, 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Online
    Register

    Designed to be compact and save you time- we are bringing together our Bill Processing Training and Strengthening Outcomes Training!


    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid.The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.

    The Bill Processing session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes.

    The purpose of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Funding is to help clients of IDHS (campers) grow and develop in the four required growth areas.


    The Strengthening Outcomes session will:

    • Provide resources and training on how to achieve outcomes
    • Evaluating campers on growth;
    • Timelines, due dates, and required documentation; 
    • Adjusting programs and services to encourage growth based on findings; and
    • Other important information.

    Who Should Attend?

    Camp Directors and/or leaders who will be collecting and submitting billing documents as well as training their camp staff and responsible for program development and training of camp counselors. 


    Why Attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing.Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request.Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.


    The DFI Title XX Program has a goal to help clients of IDHS develop and strengthen skills around personal development and relationship building with others. Maintaining positive growth is also required for camps to receive these funds. Attending will help your agency prepare and manage the outcomes development to ensure that you are both meeting the requirements and helping the clients grow.


    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

    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, June 27, 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Designed to be compact and save you time- we are bringing together our Bill Processing Training and Strengthening Outcomes Training!


    Successfully submitting the required documentation and match funds for bills speed up the process for camps to be paid.The #1 reason for delays in payments is due to camps submitting incorrect or incomplete paperwork.

    The Bill Processing session will cover:

    • How to complete and access all required billing paperwork;

    • How to submit bills and match payments;

    • Timelines and due dates related to bills and match; and

    • Other pertinent information required for billing processes.

    The purpose of the DFI Title XX Camping Services Funding is to help clients of IDHS (campers) grow and develop in the four required growth areas.


    The Strengthening Outcomes session will:

    • Provide resources and training on how to achieve outcomes
    • Evaluating campers on growth;
    • Timelines, due dates, and required documentation; 
    • Adjusting programs and services to encourage growth based on findings; and
    • Other important information.

    Who Should Attend?

    Camp Directors and/or leaders who will be collecting and submitting billing documents as well as training their camp staff and responsible for program development and training of camp counselors. 


    Why Attend?

    The #1 reason for camps not receiving partial or full funding they were allocated is due to incomplete or incorrect documentation and/or missing deadlines, particularly around billing.Failure to submit your bill properly will result in rejection of your request.Help yourself and avoid frustration by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what is required to submit a bill.


    The DFI Title XX Program has a goal to help clients of IDHS develop and strengthen skills around personal development and relationship building with others. Maintaining positive growth is also required for camps to receive these funds. Attending will help your agency prepare and manage the outcomes development to ensure that you are both meeting the requirements and helping the clients grow.


    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

    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!