Celebrating 150 Years of Summer Learning

June 21, 2010 is National Summer Learning Day

Indianapolis, IN (June 21, 2010) – The American Camp Association® (ACA) is proud to celebrate 150 years of summer learning through positive and engaging camp experiences.

"Camp is a classroom without walls," said Peg L. Smith, ACA’s chief executive officer. "For 150 years, millions of children have experienced summer learning through the camp experience — learning life skills, developing authentic relationships with mentors and peers, and connecting to nature."

According to the National Summer Learning Association, most children experience some degree of learning loss in the summer months. Research has shown that participation in camp has a positive effect on children while helping to stem learning loss.

Since the first camp was founded in 1861, camp has offered teachable moments for generations of children and youth. And the experiential nature of camp – the hands on approach to learning – allows all children to feel successful, boosting self-confidence and developing a sense of accomplishment.

Communities and organizations across the country are celebrating the importance of summer learning today. The American Camp Association supports National Summer Learning Day, and is proud to represent a community that has encouraged summer learning for 150 years.

ACA is encouraging everyone – parents, children, youth, and camp professionals – to share their personal camp experiences, including how camp helped stem summer learning loss and contributed to their education and success. By visiting www.ACAcamps.org/education/summer-learning-resources/share people can access summer learning resources, share their own stories, and read about other people’s summer learning experiences.

For more information about the camp experience, or to find a camp, visit www.CampParents.org.

About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.