Parent Blog

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. 

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April 17, 2017

In honor of #AutismAwarenessMonth, Addie Angelov, PhD, and Pamela Wright, EdD, discuss how to set up a successful camp experience for children with autism.

January 29, 2017

Let me introduce myself. My name is Harriet Lowe and I’ve worked for the American Camp Association (ACA) for almost 16 years—first as the director of communications and now in a part-time role as editor of Camping Magazine, ACA’s official bi-... Read More

January 22, 2017

Hi parents!  My name is Deidre Pettinga and I’m the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Camp Association (ACA).  In this role, I work with our communications, business development, and membership teams to support the mission of ACA to enrich... Read More

January 15, 2017

Hello camp parents! My name is Laurie, and I recently joined ACA as the Director of Research. In this role, I facilitate Research 360, which is ACA’s new strategic focus on research and evaluation.

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May 16, 2016

Being “Home Alone” did not always work out so well for Macaulay Caulkin.  He should have gone to camp alone, instead. 

Many parents and children are under the false impression that camps are places for hometown friends to re-gather for... Read More

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November 9, 2015

School breaks are not the time to take a break from learning. Unfortunately, this is what often happens, resulting in a significant drop in students’ mastery of core concepts. The National Summer Learning Association reports that students lose an... Read More

November 3, 2015

"Camp is a time to explore, a time to let your brain grow, and a time to connect with the outside." 

In this video blog, former ACA CEO Tom Holland explains the benefits of getting outside at camp. Camp not only provides children with an... Read More

August 11, 2015

"Camp is about active lifestyles and what our kids need today." 

In this video blog, former ACA CEO Tom Holland explains the benefits of getting active at camp. Camp provides children with an opportunity to get outside and get active:... Read More

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