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ACN Camp Nurse Symposium 2022

January 27-28, 2022

This is the leading conference for nurses, camp directors, and other professionals who practice healthcare in a camp setting. The symposium includes expert speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities and more! The speaker line up is robust, and we will be exploring camp health with a focus on how COVID-19 is impacting health services at camp, and what it looks like to carve a new path forward.

All recorded sessions will be available to you for 30 days, watch your email for the links. Contact hours certificates are available to members in the Member Center under "My Events." Non-members, your certificates are emailed to you. Slide decks from the presentors are available on the App as they are made available to us by the presentors.

This is a Virtual Event

Full Symposium Schedule




Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deborah Gilboa

The Role of the Healthcare Provider in Staff Mental Health

Staff are an integral component of camp operations. They provide an array of engagements and experiences for campers that can be life changing. However, staff themselves often need support while at camp and healthcare providers can play an important role in staff MESH. This session will outline ways that camp nurses and other healthcare providers can create space and opportunity for staff to navigate the camp experience and promote personal wellbeing.


COVID Resarch Findings

Dr. Barry Garst

In the fall of 2020 and 2021 the Association of Camp Nursing collected survey and interview data about camp health practices following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this session highlights findings from these studies. Participants will learn how camp healthcare providers and directors successfully implemented camp while also protecting camp participants against the spread of COVID-19. Camp use of nonpharmaceutical interventions, strategies for implementing camp healthcare services, and innovations expected to become permanent will be discussed.    

COVID and Camping 2022: Best Guess Considerations for Vaccination, Testing and Operations

Dr. Laura Blaisdell

Although we have no crystal ball regarding what COVID protocols will be necessary for next year’s camping season, we should be prepared for scenarios as disparate as a new variant to 100% vaccination of campers and staff.  This session will discuss considerations for how camps can and should be prepared for such varied operations in the times of learning to live with COVID-19.

Finding and Hiring a Camp Nurse: Panel Discussion

Panel: D. Rubin-Baker RN JD, Lindsey Guye RN, Bev McEntarfer Camp Director, Mary Marugg RN (Moderator)

 ACN understands that one of the greatest seasonal challenges is finding and hiring a camp nurse.  There are many considerations when attempting to locate and identify the appropriate candidate for a camp facility.  This session will outline some ideas for how to connect with potential nursing candidates and identify some key questions to ask during the interview and hiring process.  

Communication Skills for More Positive Parent Relationships

Audrey Monke

Most of us work at camp because we enjoy our interactions and direct work with the campers and staff. While communicating and working with parents, especially some of the more anxious ones, may not be our favorite part of the job, it's a necessary and important part of our role. This session will give you strategies (and even specific phrases!) to help you create and maintain more positive relationships and better communication with the parents of the campers you serve at camp.

Treating the Whole Child

Pat Torrey, CEO GutMonkey

Our campers often show up to the health center when they’re feeling sick or need first aid as we would expect.  But the treatment of the physical symptoms are just a piece of the overall needs that summer camp medical staff need to attend to when supporting a camper.  During this session Pat Torrey will present many of the ways that medical staff can ‘campify’ their approach when interacting and treating campers, to not only align with the values of the camp experience, but to also increase their effectiveness at delivering quality care.

Camp Health Hot Topics

Tracey Gaslin PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC

The Association of Camp Nursing (ACN) operates a summer health hotline to assist camps with pressing health needs.  These needs may range from illness to injury to psychosocial needs for campers and staff.  This session will outline some of the most frequent calls received during the camp season and provide insight about how to potentially prepare for and/or manage these situations at your camp.  



Full Conference    
Members Early Bird (Through 12/31/2021) $100    
Non-Members Early Bird (Through 12/31/2021) $130    
Members After 1/1/2022 $130    
Non-Members After 1/1/2022 $175    

Some (but not all) of the sessions will be recorded. If you register and miss a session it will be archived for 30 days after the event.


All times are Eastern time

Nursing Contact Hours 

7 Contact hours will be awarded.

Criteria for successful completion (as stated on the application) is attendance at entire event or session.

  • Attend the entire event
  • Completed evaluation

There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content of this activity. 


This nursing continuing professional development activity has been approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity #2020-0000001750

Expiration date: 1/27/2024

Most of the sessions will be recorded, and archived for 30 days. The archived sessions will be available to individuals who registered for the event.


Cancellation Policy:  There is no refund for cancellations. Most of the sessions will be available online for participants after the conference

Non-Members use the "Register Now" button.