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Are We Making Progress Toward More People Understanding and Supporting the Value of the Camp Experience?
April 19, 2016
It’s National Park Week and National Environmental Education Week (NEEW) — why should the camp movement take notice? Sure, they are both nice events. All National Parks have free admission this week. NEEW celebrates environmental learning... Read More
February 23, 2016
"Being a camp counselor prepared me for life after college both personally and professionally."
In this video blog, ACA CEO Tom Holland reflects on his personal experience as a camp counselor, and explains the benefits of the job. Camp... Read More
February 2, 2016
A guest blog by Sterling Nell Leija
When I was a kid, I remember wanting to go to summer camp. Like many of your campers, I counted down the days! But I couldn’t honestly tell you I loved it. I was nervous in the days leading up to it... Read More
January 19, 2016
Last month, the American Camp Association’s new CEO, Tom Holland called the camp community to action to advocate for the passage of the Child Protection Improvements Act ― our bill to address access to background checks. Most likely, it was a... Read More
January 12, 2016
In many ways summer camp is synonymous with mentoring. It’s what counselors do. But what I have learned in my young career is that it doesn’t stop there. I was a 17-year-old counselor at North Star when for the first time I was called into Robert... Read More
December 8, 2015
As the Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program (HCEMP) committee studies MESH and its implications, I was interested to see some foundational work in this area. In reading, I learned about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study done... Read More
November 23, 2015
To work as a camp professional is not having a ‘thankless job;’ we live thankfulness on a daily basis.
That is why we love camp.
We model thanksgiving in our programs. We outwardly express appreciation for the work of those around... Read More
October 31, 2015
“When one thinks of the 31st of October,” Juliette Low wrote in 1923, “one associates the day with Halloween when imps and witches fly about…On that night, I made my appearance in the world. Little did I dream when I was young and tried Halloween... Read More