ACA, New York and New Jersey offers several different professional services to camps all across the Northeast. Our camp consultants can provide a one time memorable camp training for your entire staff or more in-depth consulting over the course of several years. No matter what your needs are, ACA, NY and NJ is here to make your camp experience better.
ACA, NY & NJ provides expertise and professional consulting to summer camps looking to develop and enhance their program. Our team of experienced professionals can focus on the program, facility, budget, as well as staff training and leadership structure. Consulting services are available to nonprofit and private camps, and can benefit day or resident camp programs. Our staff evaluates a camp's current practices and offers feedback, recommendations, and specific strategies for improving. In addition to providing a comprehensive report with immediate and long-term suggestions, we are also available to assist in the implementation of changes. ACA, NY & NJ makes on-site visits, meets with key staff, and provides an unbiased perspective, in order to deliver a comprehensive evaluation of each program. ACA, NY & NJ aims to enhance the quality of the summer camp experience by helping camps review and enrich their programs. For more information click here and please email Quinton Buckley or call 212.391.5208 x1011.
If you have 20 or more staff members, our team of facilitators can come to your camp and provide staff training for your whole site. We customize each training session based on your needs including age and experience of staff, issues from previous summers, and new initiatives you would like to implement. Topics can include Behavior Management, Bully Prevention, Creating Camp Culture, Appropriate Conversations, Thematic Planning, and many more. A full list of training topics available can be found below. For more information click here or to request a quote for onsite training, please email Quinton Buckley or call 212.391.5208 x1011.
Here is a list of ACA, NY and NJ workshops. Our consultants will work one-on-one with you to design the right trainings for your needs. You can choose a full day training, which is six and a half hours and can include up to four topics. Or, you can choose a half day training, which is three hours and can include two topics. Whatever your needs are, we will customize the training content for your camp or after-school program.
With more than 20 topics to choose from, it’s easy to customize a day which will make a difference. Below are some of our most popular workshops:
This session is designed to show you how to implement games which will make every child feel comfortable each step of the way. You will be lead on a journey from the beginning days of after school where its all about getting to know each other, then through the thick of it where maintaining a positive group dynamic is your key to success, and end up at trust, mutual respect, and belonging.
In order for kids to grow and develop they must first be in an environment where they feel safe, welcomed, and know that they belong. This workshop explores ways to create an environment where children are physically and emotionally safe.
Gossiping, cliques, and spreading false rumors are commonplace at many camps. Girls have truly mastered the art of these behaviors which can rear their ugly head in your summer program. Join us as we discuss ways of making your program more open and honest, strategies for being proactive with girls, and various ways of approaching the issue head on.
Thematic Planning 101
Explore creative ways to incorporate fun, educational activities from all content areas into theme days, weeks, or months. Topics may include Egyptians, Oceans, Native Americans, Friendships, Going Green, and many more.
Other topics include…
- Bully Prevention
Thematic Planning. 201- Putting it Into Action
Songs, Chants, and Traditions
- Camper Personalities
- Boys’ Behavior
- Summer Learning 101- Games and Activities
- Summer Learning 201- Multiple Intelligences
- Environmental Education 101- The Basics
- Environmental Education 201- Taking it to the Next Level
- Effective Communication
- Behavior Management
- Child Abuse and Prevention
- Working with Special Needs Campers
- Transitions, Downtime, and Quick Activities
- Being an Effective Group Leader
- Being an Effective Activity Specialist
Hear what camp directors are saying about the ACA, NY and NJ trainings.
“The training was terrific! Quinton gave us a lot of great tools. I liked the fresh ideas and the concept of using games to promote camp culture.”-YMCA Camp Director
“We use the American Camp Association to train all of our summer staff. The trainings are always amazing and provide lots of tools for our staff. We always look forward to the ACA trainings more than any others!”-New York City Parks and Recreation Department
“Quinton's training brings ‘camp’ to our summer programs. While we know our business inside out, his in depth knowledge of how to run a camp allows us to offer a superior summer experience that offers the right balance of professionalism and fun. With Quinton, we address issues such as: staff training, group dynamics, human resources, safety, child development and games. This pre-season work allows me to operate confidently and our staff is happier and better prepared than ever to head into summer with a sense of excitement and purpose.”--Laura Kelly, Owner/President, The Handwork Studio