Parents Place

Welcome to ACA's Parents Place blog! The Parents Place blog features tips, information, and advice from ACA, as well as other guest bloggers, on child and youth development, health and safety, and of course - camp.

June 24, 2014

Guest post by Diana K. Rice, RD, staff dietitian of The Kids Cook Monday.

June 10, 2014

Results from ACA’s latest Emerging Issues Survey are in!

The camp experience has been around for more than 150 years, and camps are constantly evolving to meet the needs of today’s kids and families. Check out what camps are doing to help today’s kids thrive!

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May 28, 2014

Camp Echo

Guest post by Stacey Ebert

May 15, 2014

Guest post by Katie Johnson

April 9, 2014

Guest post by Brooke Cheley-Klebe

Cheley Colorado Camps

I love those rare moments of parenthood when I am not preparing for the next thing. Most of the time as a parent, I feel as if my day is full of getting something ready. Small things like breakfast, sack lunches, and backpacks. Big things like preparing my children to become productive adults. Our job as a parent is to prep!

March 21, 2014

Here’s how to choose the right fit and get your child excited about the adventure.

Guest post by Katie Bugbee, Senior Managing Editor, Care.com

Photo courtesy of Cheley Colorado Camps, Estes Park, Colorado

March 14, 2014

Guest post by Tamsin Andrews

Send your kids to camp.

For your benefit. For theirs.

For the camp and for the campers there.

Send your kids to camp.

February 24, 2014

By Peg Smith & Andy Pritikin

January 29, 2014

Guest post by Diana K. Rice, RD

As a registered dietitian and staff member of The Kids Cook Monday, I’ve seen firsthand how efforts to involve children in food production and preparation can influence them to make healthy choices. Much of my work involves school-based efforts to teach these skills, but with all of the other academic learning objectives students must meet, I know that it can be difficult to find time during the school day to give kids truly enriching food-related experiences.

January 23, 2014

Guest blog by Anne Archer Yetsko

When I Googled the phrase “middle school,” two of the top hits were “Middle school survival” and “Middle school: the worst years of my life.” I found that to be a pretty good depiction of how most people feel about this slightly (or not so slightly) traumatizing and awkward period of life. There are a few key aspects of the camp experience that are really beneficial for this age group.

Camp gives your middle schooler: