• Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • ACA Illinois: 5 S. Wabash Ave., 18th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60603
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    Let’s get together to celebrate the summer! Lunch and beverages will be provided as we reconnect (In-Person!) and debrief our summer experiences with others who can relate.

    You worked hard this summer - now is the time to be in community with other camp professionals and share stories, reconnect, seek advice, and more! 

    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: Networking is a powerful way to advance your career! Spending time with other professionals can and will open doors to resources, knowledge, connections and more!

    Camp Advancement: Check in with other camps to hear and share what everyone has learned this past summer. Take away new ideas, best practices, and lessons learned!

    Location/Style of Event: 

    This is a live event that takes 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.

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

    • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Maggiano's Little Italy: 4999 Old Orchard Ctr., Skokie, IL 60077
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    One of the most valuable skills a woman can learn is the ability to network strategically.

     

    Today, as we transition back into more pre-pandemic work functions, many of us women 

    camp professionals find ourselves struggling to find meaningful and supportive opportunities to practice and engage in networking with. ACA Illinois and the Women In Camp collective are excited to invite you to (re)connect with other local women camp pros at the first-ever, international Great SHERO Luncheon

    Join us in building a strong, intentional networking community that will not only help energize those rusty socializing skills, but also lend a hand in elevating your organization’s reputation and increasing your access to fundamental local, national and international resources.

    The Details

    Who should attend? Any present, past, or aspiring woman camp (or camp-adjacent) professional! Past or current membership and/or attendance is not required.

    What’s it cost? Each attendee will order and pay for their own meal. 

    Why pre-register? Complete this registration to RSVP so we can be sure we have a spot for you at our table! 


    Why your career advancement needs you to attend? Caroline Castrillon from Forbes says “For women to advance professionally, we need to exploit our one true advantage - a strong female support group. The support system and gender-specific career advice that women can provide other women are crucial to career advancement. Female mentorship in the workplace is more important than ever. Let’s band together so that tomorrow’s female leaders emerge from today’s inner circle.” 

    Embolden your current and future self with the skills of building a strong, supportive network to lean on when things are tough, and celebrate your hard-earned accomplishments. 

    Why your camp needs you to attend? We cannot emphasize enough how much a strong networking community can elevate your organization’s reputation. Research shows that benefits of women’s styles of networking include: 

    1. Gaining new perspectives; sharing knowledge and experiences; 

    2. Opening doors to valuable long-term contacts, sponsors and resources;

    3. Gaining access to current industry information and essential resources; and  

    4. Growing your ‘social capital’, helping you along the leadership ladder at your agency or in future jobs.

    • Thursday, September 29, 2022
    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
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    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
    • 28
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    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.