Alberta Camping Conference

FEBRUARY 27- MARCH 2, 2023



The ACC provides the chance to connect with camp professionals and experts throughout the province.


The conference features a variety of sessions led by experts in their field. Explore ways to enhance your business and program practices.


Make your voice heard! Participate in the ACA AGM and CCI Annual Updates Meeting. Share ideas and practices.


Celebrate your industry colleagues at the ACA Awards.


Joe Pavelka, PhD

Joe Pavelka, PhD

Our 2023 Keynote speaker is Joe Pavelka, PhD, professor at Mount Royal University. His primary areas of teaching include the three levels of ecotourism courses, tourism marketing, and expedition courses. Another area of teaching focus for him is the area of international field schools.

Developing junior staff into leaders

This seminar will focus on the importance and strategy of developing young camp staff into leaders. Most camps rely on young staff to run the majority of its operations: from programming to cabin leading to food service. The youth and inexperience of camp staff can be seen as either a problem to be managed or as an opportunity to be developed. Intentionally using real responsibility and proactive facilitation you can help staff develop- for your benefit and theirs


Dennis Landon has been the Director of the Outdoor Leadership program at Prairie College since 2011


Share It!

Share It!

The Camp Industry is built on a sharing mentality – Let’s make it ALL better together! 

Come with an open hand to share and snag ideas about training, culture, camper care, followup, fun, whatever and learn from each other! 

Facilitated by Cortney Armstrong, Camp Evergreen & Tonia Martens, Southern Alberta Bible Camp

Enhancing nature connection for campers and staff

In this fast paced, technological world, we find ourselves relying on our sight and hearing – seeing and listening to the world through our glowing windows. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to a whole suite of activities that will help you and your campers use your sight, hearing, feeling, smell and taste in unique ways to connect more deeply to the world.  From exploring the beauty of the very small to learning how to be a bird whisperer; from drawing sound to creating beautiful nature sculptures, you’ll discover the beauty and magic of time spent in nature.


Jacob Rodenburg is an award-winning educator and Executive Director of Camp Kawartha – an outdoor, environment centre and camp. 

Three stages of recruitment

How do you recruit the best quality candidates at your camp? This session goes through the three stages of recruitment;

  1. attracting candidates with the right skills and qualities
  2. selecting the most qualified candidates by designing good selection systems (the most common example being interviews)
  3. keeping hires interested and engaged with the organization during the interim period between when they are hired and when they actually start their position.

Kaitlyn Guenther is an Industrial Organizational Psychology researcher at the University of Calgary. 

Accreditation Orientation

Accreditation Orientation

This session will provide an overview of what to expect when you receive an accreditation visit and how to perform a visit as a volunteer. We will also look at any standard you might have questions about and review the Accreditation Process. This session is recommended for anyone planning to volunteer as a visitor for the first time and/or receiving an accreditation visit this summer.


Kendra Freeland, ACA Standards & Accreditation Chair, Camp Kuriakos

Creating a Culture of Respect for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Camp

Building on the anti-homophobia work that the Centre for Sexuality has been doing since the 1990s, this workshop defines and examines the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation. We discuss the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, on 2SLGBTQ+ employees in the workplace. Participants will learn about creating safer and more inclusive spaces. 


Mateo Jumas is a Training Centre Facilitator at the Centre for Sexuality.

All About Camp Insurance

The CCA Insurance program has been designed specifically for the unique needs of Camps. During our session we will review the scope of coverage a camp should consider and review claims examples for both property and liability risks.

For more than 40 years Nancy Brown has demonstrated he commitment to serving the needs of her clients. She and her experienced team have built their business around the idea that long-term, good-faith relationships are not obsolete and integrity is not out of style.


Nominations for the 2022 awards are now open.  Submission deadline is February 1. Awards will be presented at the 2023 Annual Conference.

There are a number of awards available to be presented to worthy individuals, camps and organizations each year at the ACA Annual Conference.


Interested in being a conference sponsor?



March 1 from 12 – 6:30 p.m.