Make Camp Your New Year’s Resolution

As 2010 draws to a close, many families begin to look ahead to the coming year. They may be thinking of vacations, or family milestones. Families may also be thinking about resolutions – things to add or do differently. The American Camp Association® (ACA) suggests that families resolve to make a camp experience part of the summer.
 
When families think about camp, they think about fun, adventure, and friendships. All of this is true, however camp is much more. Camp teaches life lessons – such as teamwork, empathy, independence, and leadership. Camp boosts self-esteem, and makes kids feel good about who they are. Camp also helps kids stay active and get moving during summer months, opening up new activities and interests. A positive camp experience is also an incredible “hands-on” education, teaching children through experience about the world around them, the environment, and themselves.
 
By visiting ACA’s family resource site, www.CampParents.org, families have access to information and guidance as they search for the perfect camp experience. ACA’s Find A Camp search allows families to look for a camp based on region, activity, cultural focus, budget, session length, and much more! In addition, families can follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.
 
It’s never too early to think about camp. Now is the perfect time for families to talk about camp and consider all the options available. In addition to the resources on ACA’s family resource site, families can take advantage of early planning to visit local camp fairs, and to call and talk directly with camp directors.
 
Camp has been changing lives for 150 years — helping millions of children and youth develop the skills needed to become successful adults and the leaders of tomorrow, and creating memories that last a lifetime.
 
Contact Public Relations at 765.349.3317 or pr@ACAcamps.org to interview an ACA spokesperson or for more information about choosing a camp experience. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Media Center at www.ACAcamps.org/media_center/.
 
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.
 
Camp Turns 150
One hundred and fifty years ago, a school teacher took a handful of children on a camping trip, sparking a movement that has become part of the very fabric of childhood — organized camp. In 1861, Frederick W. Gunn took students from his homeschool program on a two-week trip. The trip was so successful that the tradition continued for twelve years as The Gunnery Camp. Today, camp remains a critical part of the education and development of the whole child, providing an experiential education in the life skills needed to become successful, contributing adults — skills such as leadership, teamwork, an appreciation for nature, empathy, a greater understanding of the world around them, and so much more. And while the programming and activities offered at camp may change, the essentials have remained the same for 150 years.
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