Counselor Blog

November 17, 2014

My camp wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, out in the woods. Rather, it was in the city, in the middle of an urban neighborhood, row houses and all. Many of the children my camp hosted were poor, inner-city types, whose parents couldn’t afford an overnight camp. It was, like many other camps, a way to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Considering the neighborhood we were stationed in, I’d venture to say that the need was more urgent than most. I had attended the camp years prior, and was emotionally invested in it.

July 16, 2014

Our job is to help campers form connections with us as staff, each other, and their inner selves. If we can help connect them, their best qualities will shine.

As a camp counselor, the findings of brain research can be a tool to lead your camper group. As campers encounter new situations, we want them to form connections with past experiences, future goals, and each other within the camper group.

July 2, 2014

River Way Ranch Camp, Sanger, CA

In a recent report, young adults were shown to be the most stressed-out generation (Sifferlin, 2013). This summer at camp, odds are you’ll have your share of stressful moments, so it’s important to know some self-care and stress relief strategies to help you take it all in stride.

June 4, 2014

Guest post by Tamsin Andrews

May 7, 2014

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Camp experiences are great ways for campers (and you!) to stay active in the summer.

April 22, 2014

Don’t wait ‘til you get to camp to start being the best counselor ever.

1. Check out this infographic.

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March 26, 2014

Working at camp is great way to hone your skills, meet new people, and have fun. But if you’re new to camp or are looking for a new camp to experience, where do you start your job search?

Here are 3 tips to help you find a summer camp job.

January 27, 2014

Guest post by Kevin Austin

As Rex, Stephanie, and I walked we argued over the proper way to sing "Rig of Bamboo.” We were at the Lazy W Ranch for the Student Camp Leadership Academy (SCLA), and took a walk while sharing our camp experiences, games, plans for the future, and favorite debrief tools. I knew I had found a special community of camp professionals.

November 27, 2013

Guest post by Anne Archer Yetsko

Cheley Colorado Camps, Estes Park, Colorado

November 13, 2013

ACA has teamed up with Teach For America to present two webinars for young professionals. Learn tools that can help you land your dream job and master it once you’ve got it!

These webinars each offer one continuing education credit (CEC) toward your professional development goals. Track your progress online.

The Art of Public Speaking and Networking
November 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m. ET