New Director Orientation

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The ACA New Director Orientation (NDO) is a course for seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp leadership positions. The course includes an overview of all the aspects of the director's job with the primary focus on the summer operation.

The NDO course materials have been designed to help newer directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program.

Course Description

In-Person Course
As an in-person course, this is a full day of learning, typically offered in conjunction with other ACA conferences. Check the events calendar for in-person NDOs.

Online Asynchronous Course 
ACA now offers the NDO for single learners online. We recommend this only if you are unable to attend a blended learning event. Purchase the Course. Member rate $75 | Nonmember rate $150.

Online Blended Learning Course 
ACA offers the NDO in a blended learning format. In this course, the learner participates in self-study and then attends five one-hour facilitated sessions, five weeks in a row. We typically offer multiple cohorts of learner in the winter and spring. Member rate $100 | Nonmember rate $200. Register for a cohort today!

2022 Spring Courses

Register for Cohort F Starting March 2, 2022

Register for Cohort G Starting March 17, 2022

Register for Cohort H Starting April 12, 2022

Register for Cohort I Starting April 7, 2022

Register for Cohort J Starting April 20, 2022

Course Content

NDO is an interactive course that includes activities, lectures, and discussions in a group problem-solving environment designed to address real-life situations at camp. This course covers five critical areas to help directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. The core areas covered include leadership and supervision, camper and staff development and behavior, staff training, risk management, and evaluation and assessment.

In addition to building skills, this curriculum incorporates introspection, perspective shifting, and awareness building. This course has been influenced by years of iteration, internal and external research, and feedback from new directors. NDO is designed to be offered at the local or regional level by interested ACA volunteers. Completion of this training results in seven continuing education credits (CECs) for ACA members.  

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