ACA Annual Conference 2017

"The Big Picture – Creating a Healthy Camp Operation"

March 20-22, 2017 at Gull Lake Centre

Registration is now open.

 Keynote: Ruby Compton

Ruby Compton's outdoor adventures started with many childhood hours sitting in a dogwood tree in her front yard. Her schooling brought her indoors long enough to earn a degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University with Minors in Entrepreneurship and Electro-Acoustics.

After college, Ruby was a part of the summer leadership team that launched a YMCA overnight camp at an already well-known regional day camp in Nashville, Tennessee. Having given up her career in the music business, Ruby was then lured into the world of environmental education at Nature's Classroom Atop Lookout Mountain in Alabama where she learned the incredible value of nature exploration, and the importance of fostering growth in employees.

After a paddling trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Ruby moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina to serve as the Summer Camp Program Director at Green River Preserve for four summers.

In August 2016, Ruby transitioned to a Program Director role with Muddy Sneakers, an experiential education organization that partners with schools to take public school fifth graders into nature to teach them science. When she's not hiring staff and coordinating schedules, she can be found trail running, hiking, geocaching, paddling and backpacking with her dog Murphy.

Finally, if her voice sounds familiar, it may be because you have heard her podcasting about camp staff training with Beth Allison and Gabrielle Raill on the CampCode podcast. Ruby believes that camp is the best professional development tool in the world and that good managers create fantastic workplaces. She hopes that you will enjoy supervising staff as much as she does.