The Alberta Camping Association is a not-for-profit organization and a community of camp professionals, seasonal employees, volunteers, and supporters of organized summer and youth camps. We are committed to the highest standards of quality and safety, offering a Standards & Accreditation program, education and resources for member camp programs and facilities in Alberta. Businesses that offer goods and services to camps and campers form our Commercial Members!

OUR VISION

Enriching the lives of all Albertans through high quality, safe, inclusive and fun camp experiences.

OUR MISSION

The Alberta Camping Association facilitates networking and professional development, advocates for the camping industry, communicates the value of camp and mandates high standards of quality and safety through accreditation.

The Alberta Camping Association is guided in its mission and vision by 5 core values:

SUSTAINABLE

The Alberta Camping Association must be sustainable in its existence, level of support for camps, brand recognition, environmentally and in its actions. Actions in line with this value create long term success and ensure the Alberta Camping Association is able to keep supporting summer and youth camps into the future.

COMMUNITY

The Alberta Camping Association is a professional association. We must create a safe, positive and productive environment from our community to succeed.

QUALITY

The Alberta Camping Association must provide high quality programs and experiences to our members and to the general public. We are committed to supporting the provision of high quality camp experiences across Alberta. Sustainable high quality experiences is the key to maintaining community and creating impact.

IMPACT

The Alberta Camping Association must be impactful for our members and for the general public. Impact is a core part of value and needs to be sustainable to ensure value to our members and stakeholders. Without impactful experiences, we would not be able serve our community appropriately.

GROWTH

The Alberta Camping Association must embody the spirit of continuous improvement to benefit members and our community. Growth cannot be achieved without an engaged community, quality programs, and impactful experiences. Sustainable growth is the key to supporting our community and benefitting summer and youth camps across Alberta.

WHAT WE DO

The Alberta Camping Association is the accreditation body for summer and youth camps in Alberta. We are committed to supporting camps provide high quality, safe, fun and inclusive experiences to all. Our standards ensure camps and parents understand what makes a high quality camp. Our accreditation program ensures that camps are following the standards and providing high quality, safe, fun and inclusive experiences.

As a professional association the Alberta Camping Association is dedicated to continuous improvement. We provide members with resources to support the growth of their organisations and bring together our community to provide professional development experiences.

The Alberta Camping Association brings together summer and youth camps from across Alberta to work as a community. With opportunities to problem solve collaboratively and learn from each other, we can build forward towards even better camp experiences for all.

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MEET THE ACA TEAM
Meet the Board
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Callum Monteith

Board Chair

Callum grew up in the UK where he spent 12 years involved with the Scouts. He worked seasonally in summer camping during university, experiencing frontline work and out-tripping programs. Upon moving permanently to Canada in 2019, Callum directed day camps for YMCA Calgary before moving into his current position as YMCA Calgary’s Senior Health & Safety Manager. Callum joined the Alberta Camping Association in 2019 as part of the membership committee, and held the Membership chair before becoming Board Chair. Callum is committed to high quality member engagement and accreditation programs to continuously improve summer and youth camping in Alberta.

 

 

 

 

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Nick Taven

Secretary

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Wesley Burns

Government Relations Committee Member

Wes has been working at summer camp and in outdoor education since 2007. Wes has worked in a variety of roles at camps in Ontario, California, and Alberta. Wes began working with the ACA in 2015 as a committee member and joined the board in 2017. He has since held the roles of Conference Chair, Secretary, and President. Wes enjoys writing creative & engaging camp-wide programs and making time to play his guitar around the campfire with the camp community.

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Kathleen Gurski

Board Vice Chair

Kathleen has been working in the field of camping, outdoor education, and recreation since 2002, working with special populations for over ten years. Since completing a degree in Psychology through York University, she has continually participated in professional development and is currently an Outdoor Council of Canada Instructor, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor, Paddle Canada Instructor, and a Challenge Course Level 2 Instructor. Kathleen joined the ACA as a part of the membership committee in 2019 and held the CCA chair before becoming vice-chair of the board of directors.

Kathleen is passionate about supporting emerging camping professionals through coaching and mentorship. She is currently involved in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, policies and practices to address systemic racism, patriarchy, and heteronormative principles that have historically been the status quo of the camping industry.

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Kendra Freeland

Standards & Accreditation Chair

Kendra grew up in Ontario and attended college in BC. She has been involved in camping all her life, beginning with her parents meeting at summer camp in the late ’70s. Kendra has worked at camps across the country, and is passionate about excellence in camping, and believes that being a part of the ACA is a way to engage with the broader camp community beyond Kuriakos, where she currently works as Program Director. Kendra has been involved with the Standards & Accreditation Committee since 2016, and on the board since 2017.

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Kathy Koehler

Treasurer

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Trent Diaz

Membership Chair

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Jordan Laturnus

Education Chair

Jordan has been on the full time staff team at Southern Alberta Bible Camp since 2015 and is currently in the Program Director role. He has done camp every summer for as long as he can remember and has attended as a camper, support staff, cabin leader and summer leadership staff.  He is passionate about providing great camp experiences for everyone who comes on site and is always looking at new and exciting ways to make camp better. Jordan is excited to be on the ACA board and connecting more with others in Alberta camping.

Meet the Staff
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Jessica Miller Switzer

Executive Director

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Rachel Richards

Membership & Communications Coordinator

Rachel is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for helping children find joy in movement, play, and time outdoors. She has a BA in Public Relations and a B. Ed in Physical Education. During her career she has worked in public relations and marketing, substitute teaching, and teaching physical education. When she’s not working, she’s dragging her two toddlers to the mountains for hiking, paddle boarding, and as much outdoor play as possible. Rachel is excited to work with an organization that shares her passion for ensuring Alberta children and teens find joy in the outdoors.