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Growth, Site, and Facilities
YMCA Camp Collins, Gresham, OR
November 7-8, 2013
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Event Details:
This year's main event features Gary Forster with two of his popular sessions, Eight Hallmarks of Great Camps and How to Eat and Elephant, and ACA's Marketing Director, Angela Ambrosini on marketing the value of camp and marketing specific to West Coast camps, Thursday-Friday
Associate Visitor Course, Tuesday-Thursday
Standards Course, Friday
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Registration Details:                     

  • $130/Members, $145 for Non-Members
  • Receive $10 off per attendee if your organization registers 3 or more participants
  • Members receive an opportunity to attend ACA, SoCal and Hawaii's Spring Leadership Conference at the group rate with Oreon Trail.

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More about the site of this year's event:                                                
YMCA Camp Collins provides a wonderful retreat or meeting spot for your organization. Just a short drive from downtown Portland, Oregon, on the banks of the Sandy River, Camp Collins serves as an ideal playground right in your own backyard. Guests will find inviting accommodations in the camp's rustic and modern cabins, comfortable meeting spaces, and enjoy delicious home cooked meals and wonderful hospitality in Collins Memorial Lodge.

It is due to the vision and generosity of Everell Stanton Collins, Northwest lumberman and philanthropist, that YMCA Camp Collins came into being. Early in the 1920s he conceived of the idea of a YMCA campsite close to Portland for overnight and weekend camping. By 1926 he had located and purchased a piece of property that was perfect—-130 acres of forest land with over one and a half miles of scenic shoreline on the Sandy River.

Treetops Village, where our ACA Fall Event guests will be housed, opened in June of 2004. Each of the six cabins is connected by a beautiful bridge and deck system that looks out into the forest. Each cabin in Treetops Village has 14 beds. Each of the beds has its own window and a bunk light. The cabins have half-bathrooms, a drying area in the entrance, as well 
as carpeted and radiant heated floors. A small leader cabin with room for two is also available. See photo.

Currently, YMCA Camp Collins welcomes over 2,000 campers each summer and hosts over 6,000 conference & retreat guests. Camp Collins offers a variety of activity and program options for our guests, highlighted by the low and high ropes course. Guests may also enjoy the climbing tower (photo), shoot archery, ride the zip line, feel the rush of the Giant Swing, play Ga Ga Ball, shoot some hoops, go on a hike, ride mountain bikes, or simply take a relaxing walk down by the river.

Webinars are back from ACA's Professional Development Center! View a full catalog at

News from the YWCA and Westwind Stewardship Group:
Camp Westwind has an exciting future! The ywca and Westwind Stewardship Group (organization that owns and operates the Westwind property on a year round basis) have merged the camp program to be fully owned and operated by the Westwind Stewardship Group. This increases the opportunity for Camp Westwind to provide year round programming. Janette Kunkel is being retained as the Director and Sarah Keplinger is being retained as the Buisness Manager. Camp Westwind is officially under the Westwind Stewardship Group as of September 1, 2013. for questions:

Thank you to those who attended our first lunch of the season! Below is a list of topics discussed. Contact Next Luncheon is October 21st.

  • Violence and safety at camp: How staff were trained and reacted, did we train campers and what were their reactions.
  • Reporting: How many times did we need to call as mandatory reporters and how did the process play out.
  • Special Diets: How each camp accommodates, what the communication is to parents/campers.
  • Managing the 17-24 year old generation: integrity, initiative and maturity
  • CIT programs: their purpose and what the outcome for each camp is with the campers who finish the programs. | ACA Bookstore | About ACA

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