2022 Call for Speakers


Every year COCA-I aims to present the best and most meaningful content at COCAcon and you can help us out! We always value speakers who address the key issues of the day.

This year we will be together (in person!) in Wilmington, DE and hosted by Kay's Kamp.




Presentation Details

We are planning to provide all presentations in person this year in Delaware. Please note, some sessions will be recorded and provided after the conference.

Each session is allocated 60 minutes, which includes the presentation, any discussion, wrap-up and Q&A. The format is up to the speaker. Some of the best audience engagement over time has shown a presentation format similar to:

In Person Presentation

  1. Initial Speaker Presentation: The speaker will give a 20-30 minute presentation.
  2. Topics for Discussion: The speaker will present the attendees with 2-3 questions/ topic ideas.
  3. Sub Group Discussions: Small groups may assemble in the session space or another area of the hotel for discussion of the Speaker topics, 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Group Discussion and Q&A: To wrap up the session, the group will come back together, share discussions and the speaker will answer questions. 
  • Your proposal can be any format you prefer….. a single speaker, multiple speakers, panel discussion, round table, etc. You choose the best way to communicate your message. Our camps are awesome, and everyday extraordinary things happen. Share your insights, experiences with the COCA community.
  • Scheduling

    • Please complete all required fields marked with a red asterisk.
    • Please select multiple times/dates you can be available (in person or virtually) for your presentation. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.



    Breakout Tracks

    Programming (activities, camp, siblings, young adults, family camp)

    Share your experience and present your unique and successful camp activities, themes, arts & crafts, outdoor programs. Sports, games, performing arts, animals, nature, cooking, the list is endless. What worked, what did not? Which activities are best for specific age ranges, camper capabilities.

    Staff Development (training, recruiting, volunteer management and evaluation)

    These can be some of the thorniest issues faced. How do you recruit, evaluate, and train your staff and volunteers? Do you have tips and tricks to engage returning staff and counselors?

    Fundraising (special events, grants)

    Have you had a great fundraiser lately? Silent auctions, fun runs. Present your fundraising event ideas to create an entertaining and engaging experience for donors. How to put on a successful fundraising event. Whether you’re a small or large camp, share your experience!

    Child Development

    Child development entails the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. Do you have intentional programs at camp that help specifically with your campers developing as a person? If you do, please share them!

    Medical/CEU Eligible

    Camp health care providers can expect to care for campers with any of the medical and psychological issues seen daily by primary pediatric providers. What procedures/protocols/ training do you use to ensure the safety and well-being of your campers?

    Operations and Leadership(risk management, board of directors, legal, accreditation)

    Every camp faces many of these same operational issues. insurance, diversity, equity, inclusion, Board development and management, hiring staff, succession planning, marketing and branding, hospital/clinic relations. Share your experience with your peers.

    Please see presentation details above.

    ATTN: CEU Presenters

    Please indicate below if your presentation also is relevant to other tracks

    There are multiple speaker time slots available each day. ALL SESSIONS WILL BE SCHEDULED IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST).

    Please let us know the most convenient times for you to speak by selecting one or more times each day.

    If any of the dates and times are flexible for you, just leave the checkboxes blank. 

    Please check one or more

    Please Upload the Following Files

    Note: There is a 50 MB size limit on uploads. If your file size exceeds this, please contact us for other arrangements..
    CEU Presenters: To ensure our application for CE accreditation is processed in time, please submit your presentation NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 10TH.
    Note: There is a 50 MB size limit on uploads. Arrangements will be available to upload your presentation from a thumbdrive when you register at conference.
    Note: There is a 50 MB size limit on uploads. If your file size exceeds this, please contact us for other arrangements.
    If you don't have a "headshot, we can crop any photograph - even from a group of people.
    (Accepted file formats: jpg, jpeg, gif, pdf, png, zip)