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

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

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

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

    Who should attend?

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

    Why attend?

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

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

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

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

    Location/Style of Event:

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

    The Fine Print:

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

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

    • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    • Saturday, April 01, 2023
    • Online

    The Accreditation Process Workshop course is an online, self-paced course. This workshop will guide the participant in how to meet the requirements for obtaining and maintaining accreditation through ACA. 

    How to Gain Access to Online Course:

    Step 1: 

    Click here to register for the Accreditation Process Workshop with the national ACA office. 

    Step 2: 

    Upon course completion, participants who are with an ACA Illinois accredited camp must register and attend an online, live Accreditation Process Workshop: Follow Up for ACA Illinois Accredited Camps. These courses are held monthly. Course completion requires both completion of the online course AND attendance at an Accreditation Process Workshop: Follow Up for ACA Illinois Accredited Camps. Once participants have completed both requirements, they will receive a completion of requirements confirmation from ACA Illinois

    Who should attend?

    The person responsible for the camp. This may be the Camp Director, ED/CEO, or another individual. Others that may attend include the personnel that oversee program areas, aquatics, health care, trips, facilities, etc. Having other team members gain an understanding of the process and requirements, will help during the annual accreditation report or visit process. 

    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: The ACA Accreditation Program is a nationally recognized program. Current and future employers see folks who have been trained in the Accreditation Process Workshop to have a high level of comprehension of the requirements to ensure that camps provide a safe and healthy experience. 

    Camp Advancement: Staying up-to-date on the process and requirements for the Accreditation Program is essential to maintaining accreditation. Don’t be surprised at the last minute; but rather stay ahead of the work by being prepared. 

    Accreditation: The person at each camp that is responsible for program and operational oversight must have completed the Accreditation Process Workshop within the last 3 years. Attending will ensure that the camp director or other designated person is up to date on process requirements to maintain (or apply for) accreditation, has access to resources/tools, and understands timelines and deadlines.  



    • Tuesday, December 06, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    Registration is closed

    Dealing with difficult situations, conflict, and differing opinions in the workplace is a daily requirement for every professional today. Conflict and challenging situations can lead to either great success and innovation or break down a team. 

    Join Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review’s expert in conflict, communications, and workplace dynamics as she shares how we can use and encourage healthy conflict to reach our goals. Whether we are managing up, across, and/or down - understanding how to navigate conflict in the workplace is a must! 

    Each attendee will receive a copy of Amy’s new book, Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)  in the mail following the webinar! 

    Check out the book club for this title starting in January 2023 here!

    Ann Gallo, Author and Podcast Host

    Amy Gallo is an expert in conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics. She combines the latest management research with practical advice to deliver evidence-based ideas on how to improve relationships and excel at work.

    She is the author of two books:Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) and the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict.

    In her role as a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review, Amy writes about interpersonal dynamics, communicating ideas, leading and influencing people, and building your career.

    She has contributed to numerous books on feedback, emotional intelligence, and managing others, and is the co-author of the HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case.

    Amy is a co-host of HBR's Women at Work podcast, which is in its eighth season.

    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: Identifying ways to turn conflict into innovation and progress is essential in advancing through the ranks of your organization. Whether you are managing up, across, or down, navigating conflict is a must have executive skill!

    Camp Advancement: Organizations must be able to navigate conflict and challenging dynamics on their teams in order to meet their objectives and goals. 

    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, December 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 36
    Registration is closed

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Wednesday, December 07, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 96
    Registration is closed

    Upon completion of the online Accreditation Process Workshop course, participants who are with an ACA Illinois Accredited camp must sign up to attend a live, online follow up session.

    During this session, participants will:

    • Get detailed information on accessing resources, tools, and other documents needed;

    • Be provided deadlines and dates for the Accreditation process;

    • Have the chance to ask specific questions about the process and standards, and

    • Receive other pertinent information.

    This event is only for ACA Illinois Accredited camps or camps seeking accreditation through ACA Illinois.  

    Why attend? 

    This is a requirement for any person who completes the self-paced, online Accreditation Process Workshop. 

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Bring your questions from your course, your Camp Information Form details, and your Accreditation Process Guide.

    Location/Style of Event 

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


    The Fine Print 

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


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

    How to Register

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

    • Friday, December 09, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
    • 22
    Registration is closed

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

    In this short session, we’ll cover:

    • Why Visitors are essential to the Accreditation program,

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

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

    • Process and timelines, and

    • Some time for Q&A! 

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

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

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION:

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

    Location/Style of Event

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

    The Fine Print

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

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

    How To Register

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



    • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Women in Camp--Women in Celebration!

    Join us in celebrating the holidays together at our holiday hangout. Swing in for the full hour, or just a few minutes, to bring cheer and hang out. During the hour over Zoom, we will be playing a few games (and obviously winning prizes), chatting, and taking a moment to enjoy the holidays together. We hope to see you there!

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Yourself! We will post our “speciality menu” if you would like to make some drinks and snacks.

    Location/Style of Event

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


    The Fine Print

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


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

    How to Register

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

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 44
    Register

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Thursday, January 12, 2023
    • Thursday, February 09, 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Jump into our Zoom room as we dig into this important text about race and how it applies to the work of our organizations.

    About the Book

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series

    "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man"

    "You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have." So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. "There is a fix," Acho says. "But in order to access it, we're going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations."

    In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask--yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and "reverse racism." In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader's curiosity--but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.

    About the Author

    Emmanuel Acho, the son of Nigerian immigrant parents, grew up in Dallas with his three siblings. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the host/producer of the Emmy Award-winning Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. His groundbreaking online series, intended to drive meaningful dialogue around racial insensitivity and ignorance, launched in June 2020, with more than 90 million views to date.

    Emmanuel is a 2021 Sports Emmy winner, Fox Sports Analyst (cohost, FS1 Speak for Yourself) and television personality. He is a former NFL linebacker and has a master's degree in sports psychology from the University of Texas.

    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 topic areas that become 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 to consult with other professionals on how they navigate these topics in their own organization. As organizations continue to navigate creating 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 anti-racist. 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 December 5-15, 2022 to the address provided during registration. Shipping addresses cannot be changed after December 5. Books can only be shipped within the United States. Registered participants will be provided access to the private Book Club Services Portal page after January 1st. 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.

    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, January 20, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Oakton Community Center- 4701 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076
    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.

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare:

    Shortly after the close of registration, around January 3rd, you will receive online credentials to access the pre course work. This will take about 3-4 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

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

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

    How to Register

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


    • Friday, January 20, 2023
    • Friday, February 10, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Join other professionals as we explore Amy Gallo’s new book: Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People).  Amy Gallo is also expected to make a guest appearance during the book club to answer reader’s questions! Don’t miss out on this important text that will help you get along with all your coworkers. 

    About the Book:

    A research-based, practical guide for how to handle difficult people at work. Work relationships can be hard. The stress of dealing with difficult people dampens our creativity and productivity, degrades our ability to think clearly and make sound decisions, and causes us to disengage. We might lie awake at night worrying, withdraw from work, or react in ways we later regret--rolling our eyes in a meeting, snapping at colleagues, or staying silent when we should speak up. Too often we grin and bear it as if we have no choice. Or throw up our hands because one-size-fits-all solutions haven't worked. But you can only endure so much thoughtless, irrational, or malicious behavior--there's your sanity to consider, and your career. In "Getting Along," workplace expert and Harvard Business Review podcast host Amy Gallo identifies eight familiar types of difficult coworkers--the insecure boss, the passive-aggressive peer, the know-it-all, the biased coworker, and others--and provides strategies tailored to dealing constructively with each one. She also shares principles that will help you turn things around, no matter who you're at odds with. Taking the high road isn't easy, but Gallo offers a crucial perspective on how work relationships really matter, as well as the compassion, encouragement, and tools you need to prevail--on your terms. She answers questions such as: Why can't I stop thinking about that nasty email?! What's behind my problem colleague's behavior? How can I fix things if they won't cooperate? I've tried everything--what now? Full of relatable, sometimes cringe-worthy examples, the latest behavioral science research, and practical advice you can use right now, "Getting Along" is an indispensable guide to navigating your toughest relationships at work--and building interpersonal resilience in the process.

    About the Author:

    Amy Gallo is an expert in conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics. She combines the latest management research with practical advice to deliver evidence-based ideas on how to improve relationships and excel at work.

    She is the author of two books: Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) and the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict.

    In her role as a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review, Amy writes about interpersonal dynamics, communicating ideas, leading and influencing people, and building your career.

    She has contributed to numerous books on feedback, emotional intelligence, and managing others, and is the co-author of the HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case.

    Amy is a co-host of HBR's Women at Work podcast, which is in its eighth season.

    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement: Gaining new skills that will help you “get along with anyone” offers you opportunities to work in different groups and workplaces, making you a great hire! Get ready to answer that interview question: How would you work with people you don’t get along with? 

    Camp Advancement: Helping your staff navigate working with everyone will help your camp reach new heights and accomplish your goals. When everyone can work together and get along, there is less interruption to the work that needs to be done to make camp run smoothly.

    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.

    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, January 21, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Oakton Community Center- 4701 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076
    • 23
    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.

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare:

    Shortly after the close of registration, around January 3rd, you will receive online credentials to access the pre course work. This will take about 3-4 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

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

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

    How to Register

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


    • Monday, January 23, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 97
    Register

    Upon completion of the online Accreditation Process Workshop course, participants who are with an ACA Illinois Accredited camp must sign up to attend a live, online follow up session.

    During this session, participants will:

    • Get detailed information on accessing resources, tools, and other documents needed;

    • Be provided deadlines and dates for the Accreditation process;

    • Have the chance to ask specific questions about the process and standards, and

    • Receive other pertinent information.

    This event is only for ACA Illinois Accredited camps or camps seeking accreditation through ACA Illinois.  

    Why attend? 

    This is a requirement for any person who completes the self-paced, online Accreditation Process Workshop. 

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Bring your questions from your course, your Camp Information Form details, and your Accreditation Process Guide.

    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, January 24, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 45
    Register

    This session will cover the ins and outs of allocations, match components, and financial requirements to receive and access DFI Title XX funds.

    This session will cover:

    • How to read an Allocation Memo and understand funding award;

    • Timeline and due dates for allocations and funding awards;

    • Overview of how match funds work; and

    • And other pertinent information required for the allocation of funds.

    Who should attend?

    The person who is responsible for both budgets and financials should attend. This may include the CEO/ED, Finance Director/CFO, and/or the Camp/Program Director.


    Why Attend?

    This program is not a grant and the financial requirements can often cause confusion as they differ from most funding programs. Attending will ensure that the agency understands how the finances work, details about match funds, and a clear understanding of allocations vs grant funding.


    Being prepared and educated about how this program operates will aid you in successfully serving the clients and accessing these funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    Register

    This session will cover the ins and outs of allocations, match components, and financial requirements to receive and access DFI Title XX funds.

    This session will cover:

    • How to read an Allocation Memo and understand funding award;

    • Timeline and due dates for allocations and funding awards;

    • Overview of how match funds work; and

    • And other pertinent information required for the allocation of funds.

    Who should attend?

    The person who is responsible for both budgets and financials should attend. This may include the CEO/ED, Finance Director/CFO, and/or the Camp/Program Director.


    Why Attend?

    This program is not a grant and the financial requirements can often cause confusion as they differ from most funding programs. Attending will ensure that the agency understands how the finances work, details about match funds, and a clear understanding of allocations vs grant funding.


    Being prepared and educated about how this program operates will aid you in successfully serving the clients and accessing these funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Thursday, January 26, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 46
    Register

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Thursday, January 26, 2023
    • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    Register

    This session will cover the ins and outs of allocations, match components, and financial requirements to receive and access DFI Title XX funds.

    This session will cover:

    • How to read an Allocation Memo and understand funding award;

    • Timeline and due dates for allocations and funding awards;

    • Overview of how match funds work; and

    • And other pertinent information required for the allocation of funds.

    Who should attend?

    The person who is responsible for both budgets and financials should attend. This may include the CEO/ED, Finance Director/CFO, and/or the Camp/Program Director.


    Why Attend?

    This program is not a grant and the financial requirements can often cause confusion as they differ from most funding programs. Attending will ensure that the agency understands how the finances work, details about match funds, and a clear understanding of allocations vs grant funding.


    Being prepared and educated about how this program operates will aid you in successfully serving the clients and accessing these funds.


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Friday, February 10, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 97
    Register

    Upon completion of the online Accreditation Process Workshop course, participants who are with an ACA Illinois Accredited camp must sign up to attend a live, online follow up session.

    During this session, participants will:

    • Get detailed information on accessing resources, tools, and other documents needed;

    • Be provided deadlines and dates for the Accreditation process;

    • Have the chance to ask specific questions about the process and standards, and

    • Receive other pertinent information.

    This event is only for ACA Illinois Accredited camps or camps seeking accreditation through ACA Illinois.  

    Why attend? 

    This is a requirement for any person who completes the self-paced, online Accreditation Process Workshop. 

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Bring your questions from your course, your Camp Information Form details, and your Accreditation Process Guide.

    Location/Style of Event 

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


    The Fine Print 

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


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

    How to Register

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

    • Tuesday, February 28, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    Register

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Thursday, March 09, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    What exactly does ACA Illinois do? A lot! As a 501(c)3, ACA Illinois serves thousands of people each year through our mission focused work. Join us to learn more about how we work collectively to get more people to camp, and help our camps continue to provide excellent, life-changing programs.

    The Annual Meeting is important to the transparency and mission of our organization. During the meeting, you will hear directly from the Board President, Executive Director, Treasurer, and our program services Committees. Reports will include updates on projects and initiatives, in addition to plans for the future. We invite all members, partners, volunteers, donors, and other supporters to attend to better understand the work of their Association. 

    Why Attend?

    Career Advancement:

    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 you an opportunity to develop new skills and further your own career while giving back to your camp community. 

    Camp Advancement:

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

    Accreditation: 

    Accreditation is a peer-review program and run by members of the Association. Actively being part of these conversations is your chance to have your voice heard, offer feedback, and be part of solutions to strengthen this program. Additionally, this is also where major changes, updates, and information is announced about the program that may impact you. 

    DFI Title XX: 

    As a partner agency, hearing firsthand about what the Association is experiencing and doing for this program will aid in your understanding of the DFI Title XX Program, in addition to opportunities for feedback, and being an active part of securing these funds in the coming years. 


    Location/Style of Event

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


    The Fine Print

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

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

    How to Register

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

    • Monday, March 20, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 97
    Register

    Upon completion of the online Accreditation Process Workshop course, participants who are with an ACA Illinois Accredited camp must sign up to attend a live, online follow up session.

    During this session, participants will:

    • Get detailed information on accessing resources, tools, and other documents needed;

    • Be provided deadlines and dates for the Accreditation process;

    • Have the chance to ask specific questions about the process and standards, and

    • Receive other pertinent information.

    This event is only for ACA Illinois Accredited camps or camps seeking accreditation through ACA Illinois.  

    Why attend? 

    This is a requirement for any person who completes the self-paced, online Accreditation Process Workshop. 

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Bring your questions from your course, your Camp Information Form details, and your Accreditation Process Guide.

    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 28, 2023
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • 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!

    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    Register

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    Register

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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

    • Friday, April 28, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Zoom
    • 97
    Register

    Upon completion of the online Accreditation Process Workshop course, participants who are with an ACA Illinois Accredited camp must sign up to attend a live, online follow up session.

    During this session, participants will:

    • Get detailed information on accessing resources, tools, and other documents needed;

    • Be provided deadlines and dates for the Accreditation process;

    • Have the chance to ask specific questions about the process and standards, and

    • Receive other pertinent information.

    This event is only for ACA Illinois Accredited camps or camps seeking accreditation through ACA Illinois.  

    Why attend? 

    This is a requirement for any person who completes the self-paced, online Accreditation Process Workshop. 

    What to Bring/ How to Prepare

    Bring your questions from your course, your Camp Information Form details, and your Accreditation Process Guide.

    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!

    • Saturday, April 29, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Maggiano's Little Italy, 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:

    • Swapping resources and ideas for equipment, program, certification courses, 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!

    • Saturday, May 13, 2023
    • 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! 

    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    Register

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

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

    The training will cover:

    • Accessing resources, forms, and information;

    • Timeline and due dates for the program;

    • Processing bills for funds; 

    • Brief overview on how allocations and financing work; and

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

    Who should attend?

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


    Why Attend?

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


    Location/Style of Event:

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


    The Fine Print

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


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


    How To Register

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