ACA Camp Blog

September 23, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Camp John Marc Meridian, Texas

We all hear many references to the educational opportunity “out-of-school time” represents for children. You know, that time between 3pm and 10pm, weekends, holidays, and the whale of them all, summer — it adds up. And in this time real change can occur when working with our children’s education.

September 16, 2014

As someone who lived on the frontlines of camp for 15 years, I have had the last year to look back and carefully reflect on what keeps me in the camp profession (working for ACA) and what moves me about the camp experience.

September 9, 2014

At ACA, we have spent the last year honing the time-tested, traditional practices of fundraising. In doing so, we have sought to increase the clarity of where each gift will provide support; we have worked to acknowledge our donors appropriately, and we have increasingly shared the impact of the gifts we are given. As we honed these skills, we have sought to develop our culture of philanthropy at ACA to further connect people with our great association. 

July 2, 2014

The American Camp Association (ACA) has a long history of advocating for the health of children, including fighting obesity through healthy eating.  We provide resources to camps to help them develop programs offering appropriate foods and beverages to kids.

June 16, 2014

Post by Peg Smith

Daniel Goleman, the psychologist who originated the concept of emotional intelligence, states: “High levels of cognitive ability (measured IQ of 120 or greater) are a threshold qualification for leadership roles. Once you are at or above that level, IQ loses power as a predictor of success. EQ then plays a larger role.”

May 23, 2014

CEO Peg Smith encourages counselors to remember the powerful influence they will have on campers this summer, reminding them to communicate in a way that is "True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind." Read her Camping Magazine column on this topic.

 

May 19, 2014

Guest post by Matt Smith

Less than 40% of 12th graders are prepared for college-level math and reading. Plus: Evaluating the charter school movement 20 years in, a debate over how to evaluate public school teachers, coding is headed for the K-12 mainstream, and the commencement speaker protests raise some interesting questions.

May 5, 2014

Guest post by Matt Smith

The House considers a charter school funding bill, and the U.S. graduation rate reaches a milestone. Plus, opposition to Common Core intensifies, and should student test scores be included in the evaluation of teachers?

The Education Week in Review is a weekly recap of the national debate. This week, four 100-word summaries on charter schools, common core, the graduation rate, and teacher evaluation.

April 21, 2014

Guest post by Matt Smith

The Achievement Gap

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The Education Week in Review recaps the national education conversation from the past week. This week we begin with the achievement gap.

The achievement gap is easy to define, but its causes are complex and solutions have proven elusive. The news below indicates the beginning of collective action.

April 7, 2014

ACA CEO Peg Smith shares her personal experiences and favorite memories of camp. Learn why Smith calls camp "the best gift you can give a young person."