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ACA's Mission, Vision, and Values
The mission of the American Camp Association is enriching the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience.
Enriching Lives, Changing the World
The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience, and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Just as our membership is diverse and our programs are distinct, so are the children and adults who come to us to participate in the camp experience. Through what we teach, the opportunities we offer and the example we set, children become part of a sharing community.
As an organization we value the world, the people who live in it, and the contribution each individual can make. These are not separate values, but concentric circles. The values that are important to us as an organization are the same as those we strive to instill in the children and adults we guide.
We believe that the camp experience is essential to every child's growth and education. Through our m