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Great Rivers Fall Conference 2013
November 12-14, 2013
Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake
Moravia, Iowa 52571

Join local camp and youth development professionals for two full days of learning, networking and building success. Learn Local and attend this quality professional development experience at Honey Creek State Park located in south-central Iowa. Honey Creek State Park hosts a 1,100 acre lake and more than 240 acres of rolling prairie.

Registration coming soon!
Call for Session Proposals for the Great Rivers Fall Conference
Submissions Accepted Through Monday, August 26, 2013

The ACA, Great Rivers is accepting proposals from high-quality presenters for innovative, timely, and dynamic educational sessions to be presented at the Fall Conference November 12-14, 2013 at Honey Creek State Park Resort, Moravia, Iowa.

We seek local speakers and facilitators who can challenge us to think about the camp in new ways and help us sharpen the skills essential to provide dynamic camp experiences for campers and counselors.
The Great Rivers Conference Committee welcomes proposal in the following knowledge areas:

• Youth Development and Behavior — Presentations should demonstrate how camp professionals can effectively use the camp experience to help prepare young people for healthy and successful lives. Topics may include: health and wellness, nutrition, food safety, creating a community of respect, program design to achieve youth development outcomes, and program evaluation. Topic area covers both campers and counselors.

• Staff Training and Leadership — In addition to critical areas in human resources like skillfully recruiting, selecting, managing, training, and motivating staff and volunteers, we’re seeking programs that address goal setting, leadership, outcomes attainment, creating community with day camp staff and innovative staff training curriculum.

• Business and Operations — Specific topics for camps, conference centers, and out of school time programs can be covered such as marketing, budgeting, risk management, site and facility, environmental issues, food service, transportation, technology, and public policy.

• Emerging Issues, Tools, and Technology — Think of emerging issues, and in some cases urgent issues, and how camps and conference centers can rapidly and appropriately address these challenges. Best practices in like-minded organizations, examples from your own programs, and programs you’ve adapted may be suitable. Innovative tools and resources that improve efficiencies are also sought including advances in technology.

• Innovative Programs and Activities — Topics may include: Summer Learning Loss; Summer reading programs; Day Camp ideas; Initiatives; Outdoor education and Leadership.

• Camp-School Partnerships — Presentations should be relevant for camps and other out-of- school- time programs currently providing outdoor education/environmental education experiences in partnership with traditional schools, as well as to all interested in exploring these opportunities. Topics may include: Program Design; Curriculum Development; Creating a relationship with Schools; Staff training; Youth-development goals and outcomes; Innovative teaching techniques; Business and operations; and Research.

Target Audience
The Great Rivers conference draws camp and youth development professionals from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri; individuals working in camp and other out-of-school-time settings. Presentations should apply to directors, owners, executives, administrative staff, and other youth development professionals and educators. Attendees may be new to camp and experienced professionals. They seek high-level educational opportunities.

Educational Breakout Sessions
Educational breakout sessions are seventy-five minutes in length. Presenters are encouraged to leave ten minutes or more for questions and answers with participants. Lectures, hands-on workshops, and panel presentations are welcome.
Submitting Session Proposals
Proposals may be submitted through August 26, 2013. Notification of presentations will be made by September 5, 2013.

Selection Process
Sessions are reviewed by the Great Rivers Professional Development Committee and Conference Team.
Complete the form in the link below.  
Print the completed proposal and mail to:
ACA, Great Rivers
15029 Laurel Ave
Omaha, NE 68116

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