ACCT Newsletter 2024-05-23

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Our Featured Accredited Member is Challenge Towers
Did you miss our Update from the Task Force working on the ACCT Accredited Procedures for standards development as an ANSI ASD?
The recording is here.

Our friends at Adventure Park Insider attended and they've shared their thoughts.

Are you an expert in the field? Do you have valuable insights and experiences to share with your peers? If so, we want to hear from you!

The deadline for submitting presentation proposals for the 2025 ACCT Conference is fast approaching! You only have about a week left to apply, with the Call for Presenter Deadline set for May 31, 2024, at 11:59pm MDT (Denver, USA time).

Reason for the Deadline:
The deadline is set to accommodate the extensive logistical arrangements required for the event, which involve coordination with multiple individuals and venues. Scheduling sessions for the event is a complex task, considering factors such as meeting room size, setup, AV requirements, and more. We aim to finalize the schedule as early as possible to inform potential attendees and facilitate their preparation for the event.

After Submission:
Upon submission, a Workshop Review Task Force (WRTF) is formed, comprising representatives from ACCT Volunteer Work Groups. They review each submission and provide feedback, considering factors such as session details, presenters, and learning objectives.

Review Process:
The WRTF members evaluate each submission within two weeks of the deadline, providing feedback and recommendations. The Workshop Coordinators then assess the feedback alongside previous evaluations to inform final selections, ensuring a diverse and balanced range of sessions.

Applicants can expect to be notified of their submission status in July. If accepted, a discount code will be provided. ACCT offers one 50% discounted registration per session presented.

How to Submit a Proposal:

To submit a proposal, please click here. For any inquiries, feel free to contact us at

Session Tracks and Importance:

At our conference, we provide several session tracks specifically designed to address various facets of the aerial adventure and challenge course industry. It's important to grasp the importance of these tracks when preparing and submitting a session for consideration. Below, you'll find detailed information on each of these tracks.

  • FP - Facilitation / Programming: Tailored for facilitators, challenge course managers, trainers/testers, and those seeking to enhance their program delivery or build new programming strategies.

  • IB - Industry / Business: Designed for individuals and companies seeking detailed insights into the industry, featuring discussions with ACCT leadership and industry experts.

  • OM - Operations / Management: Targeted at individuals serving in management roles within the industry, providing insights into operational and managerial aspects of adventure parks and challenge course programs.

  • TR – Trainer: Intended for trainers, operations personnel, and vendors focusing on practitioner training in the adventure and challenge course industry.

  • TT - Technical Topics: Geared towards individuals interested in the technical aspects of the challenge course industry, including workshops relevant to ACCT Inspector Certification Exam (ICE) applicants.

Additional Considerations for Workshop Submissions:

  • Audience consideration, including varying skill levels and focus areas.

  • Crafting creative and descriptive workshop titles within the six-word limit.

Requested Presentation Topics Include:

  • Gear Selection, Care, and Inspection

  • Unique Needs of Camps

  • Vendor Panel with Accredited Vendors (PVMs)

  • Documentation Best Practices

  • Wood Fasteners and Bolts

  • Scaling Operations from Small to Large

  • Innovative Portable Activities

  • Business Management for Owners

  • Wilderness Rescues and First Aid

  • Tree Health Basics for Staff

  • Site Visit Preparation

  • Work/Life Balance Strategies

  • University Course Challenges and Solutions

We've received feedback from attendees of our 2024 conference, highlighting the incredible professional development opportunities provided by industry experts. We invite you to join us in Cleveland in 2025 and share your expertise! We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Career Postings from

Seasonal Course Manager - Alaska Adventure Park

Manage Alaska Adventure Park, focusing on operations, staff leadership, and ensuring visitor satisfaction. Oversee safety protocols, develop new adventure programs, and engage with the community. Requires passion for outdoor recreation and strong leadership skills. 

Operations Manager - La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines

Full-time, year-round, salaried position in SoCal- seeking Operations Manager for La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines 

Day Camp Ropes Specialist - Camp Ponkapoag

Day Camp Ropes Specialist - Camp Ponkapoag (Canton, Massachusetts)

Challenge Course Specialist - Redpoint Adventures

Join Redpoint Adventures: If you are passionate about building unique adventure experiences, inspecting and/or training, plus thrive in dynamic, travel-oriented roles, we would love to hear from you. Apply today and join a team that values innovation and an exceptional adventure experience! 

Aerial Installation Tech

Join the Challenge Works team in delivering outstanding Adventurous Structures and Programs to our wonderful clientele throughout beautiful and temperate California. This position utilizes previous years of experience and skill to execute Challenge Works’ construction projects.

Ropes Course Director - Camp Nor'wester

Island Dream Job: Ropes Course Director at Camp Nor'wester on stunning Johns Island, WA. Lead a team of 4-5 Ropes Instructors running team building, low & high ropes, and climbing wall activities. Paid on-site training, full room & board, a professional development opportunity step into leadership! 

AMB West Challenge Course and Basecamp Manager

Unique Opportunity - Challenge Course and Basecamp Manager with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, MT 

AMB West Challenge Course and Basecamp Assistant Manager

Challenge Course and Basecamp Assistant Manager position available in Southwest Montana 

Aerial Course Installers and Carpenters

Challenge Towers is seeking Aerial Course Installers and Carpenters. Successful candidates will join a team committed to constructing high-quality aerial adventure facilities, including challenge courses, aerial parks, and zip lines. 

Flightline Tour Operator

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. 

Project Superintendent

Bonsai Design, a world-class aerial adventure course provider, is looking for Project-Based Installers to work on individual project sites. 

Project-Based Installer

Bonsai Design, a world-class aerial adventure course provider, is looking for Project-Based Installers to work on individual project sites.

Challenge Course Specialist - Camp Winacka

Succeed in adventure! Encourage campers to build trust in each other, face their fears and embrace adventure! Join the Girl Scouts summer camp staff.