Facts about Free Memberships

Who is this free membership for?

This campaign was originally about connecting with as many frontline staff, or counselors, as possible. However, we are happy to have you connect as many of your staff members and board members with ACA as you wish. Don't forget your unit leaders, team leaders, program leaders, midlevel staff, counselors, food service staff, health care staff, maintenance staff. Please use the coupons for these individuals.

I don't work for a camp. Can I use this coupon?

Yes, if you work for an afterschool program or other youth organization, or if you are a board member of a youth program or camp, we are happy you are joining ACA with this coupon.

I’m a camp director, and I have some questions about this deal.

I just heard I can give ACA memberships to my staff at no cost to me or my camp. Is it true?
Yes. This program is designed to connnect with as many new members as possible, to share the benefits of ACA's professional development opportunities. We are happy to have individuals using these one-year free ACA memberships.

I'm a camp director. How many memberships can I give away?
You may give away an unlimited number of ACA individual memberships to your camp staff. However, recipients must be new to ACA. The coupons are not for current or expired ACA members.

May I pay for my camp’s additional memberships with the coupons? 
Yes, as long as they are new ACA members. Please do not renew members with the coupons.

This sounds complicated. How does it work?
You give your staff members the coupon or even just the promo code; they go online and sign up. Easy.

How long is the coupon valid?
Until the end of October 2015. The free year of membership begins when the staff person signs up.

What happens next year when the free year is over?
The individual will receive a renewal notice asking them to join ACA. If that staff member still works at your camp and you’d like to pay that staff member’s dues, you may do so.

Will these staff members receive Camping Magazine?
All these free members will be able to access the digital version of Camping Magazine

My camp is not currently affiliated with ACA, may I use this coupon?
Yes, use it for yourself first if you've not been a member. Then give coupons to your staff. 

I’m a counselor, and I have some questions about this deal.

I just got this coupon. What do I do?
Go online and sign up. Don’t wait. Take advantage of a free full-year of membership in ACA – read Camping Magazine online, access to the Professional Development Center, resume-building tools, a free online course, purchase Chaco's at 40 percent off, and more.

I heard there was a free online course, too. Is that true?
Yes. Once you take advantage of the membership coupon and sign up online, you’ll receive an e-mail telling you how to sign up for the free e-Institute course, “Creating a Sense of Community: Critical Things Staff Need to Know.”

My old ACA membership is expired. Can I still use this coupon?

The coupon is for new members, not individuals who have been members in the past. If your membership has expired, please call us at 765-342-8456 and we’ll talk about renewal options. Flexible rates may apply to you.