The Northeast Adventure and Trip Symposium

November 9–11, 2018

The Travel and Adventure Affinity Group (TAAG) is excited to announce the 1st Annual NEATS! The conference is hosted at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, a year-round retreat, children’s summer camp, an adventure trip program base, and school outdoor education center. Instructors and speakers come from national associations and are recognized experts in backcountry trips, outdoor leadership, and travel programming. (NEATS) is new to the Adirondack Training Institute and we are excited to announce that we hope to develop this into an annual meeting of professionals!

NEATS is an excellent opportunity to develop common practices and analyze emerging trends in off-site programming and risk management in the Trip and Travel industry by promoting open dialogue and strategy development between outdoor professionals. We will strive to introduce a lasting, inclusive network through a cost-effective and inclusive platform. Discussing individuals’ risk management practices and how those pertain to their organizations’ standards will help, as well as learning about and implementing new resources to support healthier programming. Come join us for the first ever NEATS in the beautiful Adirondacks!

Click here for information on pricing and registration.

Click here to learn about speakers, session topics, and vendors.


Please mail, fax, or email one Registration Form  per attendee.

  • If flying into Albany Airport, we can provide a shuttle for an additional fee of $25 each way. Please arrange to arrive by 3PM the day before the conference and depart after 2PM the closing day of the conference.
  • Overnight lodging is available at Chingachgook in rustic, heated, shared bunk cabins with bathrooms in a separate building. The cost for lodging is $25 per night.
  • The Best Western Hotel in Lake George offers a discounted rate of $85/night for conference attendees, please call the hotel directly at 518-668-5701 and mention “Camp Chingachgook YMCA.” A shuttle will be provided to and from Camp each day.
  • There is also a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night at the Courtyard by Marriott Lake George, click here to reserve a room or call 518-761-1150 and Mention “Camp Chingachgook.” A shuttle will be provided to and from Camp each day.

Mail: YMCA Camp Chingachgook. 1872 Pilot Knob Rd. Kattskill Bay, NY 12844.
Fax: 518-656-9362
Email: Carol Lewis, Office Manager at
For questions, please email or call Craig Poole at 518-656-9462 ext. 6646.


Speakers and Vendors

Are you or your company/organization interested in sharing what you do with Adventure and Trip professionals from around the country? Do you have a related session or workshop that you would like to share during our breakout times? Join us at this year’s conference! Click here to submit a session proposal or email Zach Eigenbrodt for more information.

Do you have a product or service you wish to share with members of the Trip and Travel industry? Click here to submit a vendor application, or email Craig Poole for more information.