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Join Professor Dave Malter, Director of the Gratz College Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership for two intense days of instruction, workshops and learning!

Major COCAcademy Topics

(These topics are subject to change through September 15th.)


Developing Camp Directors

• Setting Priorities-how to know what gets done first
• Being Given Responsibility with No Accountability
• Rookie Camp Directors Being in Charge of “Wise” Volunteers
• Dealing with Difficult Board Members who Happens to Be Your Largest Donor
• Building a Cohesive Team Among Individuals who Have Different Management, Communication, and Supervision Preferences
• Insurance and Risk Management
• Finances for the Camp Director

Advanced Leadership

• Who Mentors the Mentors? (leaders need other leaders to develop them)
• Inclusion-Ensuring the decisions at the table are not made before everyone comes to the table- everyone should have a voice that is heard.
• Team Development: How Executive Leaders can support and develop their team
• Working with Your Board and Major Stakeholders
• Taking Time to Plan Your Successes - actively re-evaluating, re-aligning and re-designing your plan

Meet Your Instructor


David “Professor Dave” Malter, MA, is the Director of the Gratz College Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership and a frequent speaker at camp conferences around the United States. He earned his BA in Communication from James Madison University and his MA in English from Montclair State University. Dave has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator, teacher and consultant.

Dave grew up at Camp Discovery in New York where he spent eight summers as a camper and seven summers working with special needs campers. He went on to become the “Director of Fun” at Meadowbrook Country Day Camp and after several years joined the American Camp Association’s New York professional office working on educational initiatives. During his time at ACA-NY, Dave was an integral part of designing the program of the Tri-State Camp Conference which is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. When he graduated from his Tri-State position, Dave joined Pine Grove Day Camp in New Jersey as the Assistant Director.

In addition to his work with camps, Dave is a professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. His passions are deeply rooted in providing innovative educational content and opportunities for youth leaders at all levels.

Dave has published articles in trade journals and on industry websites and is a frequent contributor to Expert Online Training. He now serves as the Conference Chair for ACA-Keystone Fall Retreat and on the Professional Development Committee of the ACA-Keystone Local Council of Leaders.