Latest ACA Blog Posts

July 21, 2015

by Tom Holland, CEO

YMCA Camp Abnaki, North Hero, VT

Before my first day of teaching high school, a colleague came to my classroom as I worked feverishly to get it set up and ready for the students. He came to give me a gift. This gift was three films: Dead Poets Society, Stand and Deliver, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.

July 21, 2015

"Teamwork, collaboration, and communication. . .these skills are necessary for the success of children later in life."

July 1, 2015

by Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, a guest blog for ACA. 

June 30, 2015

Last week, ACA CEO Tom Holland welcomed us to camp. This week, Tom explains a few reasons why “Fun Is Right Around the Corner” at a day camp near you.

June 24, 2015

by Tom Holland, CEO 

Throughout my professional life as an educator, I have always advocated for the advancement of curriculum to meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. I continue to advocate for the development of curriculum that includes STEM lessons as well as non-cognitive skills. I believe these skills will be at the core of what is needed in tomorrow’s workforce.

June 19, 2015

Photo courtesy of Sanborn Western Camps

A blog post from American Camp Association CEO, Tom Holland 

June 19 is National Summer Learning Day, a time to reflect on what summer learning means and what summer learning loss implies.

May 14, 2015

Guest blog by Diana K. Rice

Where did you learn to swim, read a map, or be part of a team? There’s a good chance it was at camp, right? We know that camp is not just a place for kids to spend a fun summer, but an excellent setting in which kids can learn life skills that they will rely on long after the camp experience has passed.

May 8, 2015

When I was directing my camp program, I remember once asking a newly enrolled 11 year old, who was attending camp for the first time: ‘Well, are you ready?’