Educational Alliances

An Educational Alliance is a collaboration with an entity that participates in a reciprocal exchange of programs/services with ACA, or that works with ACA toward a common educational goal. Most educational alliances are defined through a memorandum of understanding or other such agreement. Examples of educational alliances include partnerships with universities, associations, nonprofits, and businesses seeking to make educational content available to expanded audiences.

  • 4-H (4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council): Dissemination of ACA’s research, educational resources, and quality assessment products and programs.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP provides expert review of selected ACA forms and advocates for the importance of nature-based experiences for children. 
  • American Red Cross: ARC and ACA provide expert review of each other’s materials
  • America's Promise:  ACA is a partner in the America's Promise "Grad Nation" initiative- a national movement to mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce.
  • Association of Camp Nurses (ACN):  ACN is a professional nursing organization working toward healthier camp communities by supporting the practice of camp nursing. ACN has closely supported ACA in implementation of the Healthy Camp inititiaves
  • Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors- International (ACCED-I)- ACA and ACCED-I created an alliance to promote education and to enhance program quality and professional development opportunities among our professional members. 
  • Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT): Sharing of information concerning the use of challenge courses at camps.
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA): ACA's professional development offerings are being recognized as electives in the AZA Professional Development Certificate Program. 
  • Balzer and Bray (imprint of Harper Collins):  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • Camp Fire: Support for the development and implementation of ACA's Camp Program Quality Assessment (CPQA).
  • Candlewick Press:  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Development and dissemination of health information concerning youth safety and health.  Collaboration on research and scholarly activities.  A CDC representative serves as liaision to ACA’s Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program.  ACA is a partner in the CDC's "Heads Up" concussion prevention program.
  • Certified Horsemanship Association:  CHA certifies riding camp staff, accredits equine facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs, and hosts regional and international conferences. ACA and CHA are developing online education opportunities for camp professionals and cross-promoting organizational memberships.
  • Children and Nature Network:  Promote the importance of nature for children and reconnect children and nature by sharing articles and research and developing nature-based education tools for parents/families.
  • ecoAmerica- ACA collaborates with ecoAmerica on Nature Rocks, a national campaign to promote the importance of nature for healthier, happier, smarter children.  A “Nature Rocks Toolkit for Camps” was produced
  • Girl Scouts of the USA:  Collaboration on research and scholarly activities. 
  • Indiana University (School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation): ACA and IU are collaborating on a state-level research project to explore the developmental outcomes of camp experiences for special youth populations.
  • International Camping Fellowship (ICF):  Promote camp experiences worldwide.  Provide complimentary ICF Affiliate memberships to ACA members.
  • Highlights: Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • KiKi Magazine:  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • Leave No Trace: Assist ACA in providing quality environmental stewardship education programs for camp and youth professionals.
  • Little Brown Books:  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group:  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • National Aeroneutics and Space Administration (NASA): NASA will help ACA broaden the STEM-related educational resources available to the camp community and enhance STEM-related professional development opportunities for camp professionals.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Protect Screen collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct criminal history background checks for ACA programs.
  • National Collaboration for Youth:  ACA is a member of the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY)- the longest-standing coalition of national organizations committed to advocating with and on behalf of youth and, in particular, in research-driven positive youth development.
  • National FFA: ACA and FFA collaborated on the Camp2Grow program youth leadership and environmental stewardship program that resulted in a curriculum designed for camps and other youth development programs.
  • National Recreation and Park Association:  Development of online education courses and webinars and promotion of national programs/initiatives promoting youth health and wellness.
  • National Research Center for College & University Admissions: Through the ACA and NRCCUA alliance, camps and families will gain access to college planning information and resources.
  • National Summer Learning Association: Promote summer learning experiences for all children; Provide communications, marketing, and outreach to improve youth development outcomes.
  • National Wildlife Federation:  Promote the importance of nature for healthy youth and families.  Key program is the Great American Backyard Campout
  • North Carolina State University: Collaborates with ACA on grant proposals related to children’s active lifestyles.
  • Ohio State University- Nationwide Children’s Hospital:  Researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital supported ACA's Healthy Camp Study of injuries and illnesses in US day and resident camps.
  • Outdoor Afro:  Outdoor Afro supports ACA’s efforts to better reach diverse populations with information about the camp experience.
  • Penguin Young Readers Group:  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • Penn State University, College of Health and Human Development: Developing a collaborative tool to improve decision-making in youth; seeking funding from National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Scholastic:  ACA and Scholastic are collaborating to promote summer reading and literacy as part of ACA's Explore 30 program and Scholastic's Summer Chalenge initiative.
  • Susquehanna University- Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE):  ACA and CARE are developing research-based counselor training content across multiple platforms and strengthening the role that camp experiences play in youth risk reduction.
  • Teach for America: Provide a continuum of opportunities in the areas of youth development and leadership from camp age through early employment; promote professional development and career advancement opportunities; and promote ACA membership and camp employment to TFA applicants.  
  • Texas A&M University (TAMU):  ACA and TAMU collaborated on new research to explore the workforce development outcomes of the camp experience for camp staff.
  • The Monday Campaigns: ACA and The Monday Campaigns are collaborating to promote health and wellness.  As part of the "Kids Cook Monday initiative," camp directors and staff are being provided with a Toolkit for Educators to help them implement healthy cooking programs. 
  • The Nature Conservancy: ACA is serving on the advisory committee for TNC’s national survey of youth ages 13-17 around nature/conservation/stewardship.
  • University of Arizona:  ACA and University of Arizona 4-H are producing a Family Camp Best Practices Guide to promote family functioning and a greater connection to nature among youth and families.
  • University of Utah, Center for Health Sciences:  Development and testing of ACA’s Youth Outcomes Battery; Research to identify factors that lead to positive youth outcomes.
  • USDA (APHIS):  The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and American Camp Association (ACA) share a common goal of preserving and protecting the natural resources.  USDA APHIS is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, safeguarding against plant pests, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.
  • Virginia TechACA and Virginia Tech partnered on new family camp research exploring the impact of camp experiences on family functioning and parenting.
  • WGBH-Public Broadcasting, Boston, MA:  Dissemination of the “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman” program to ACA camps, sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant dissemination or linking agreement.
  • Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (formerly High/Scope):  Co-branded a tool for measuring camp quality including the unique nature-based setting of camp- the Camp Program Quality Assessment (CPQA).
  • YMCA of the USA: YMCA has supported the development of ACA’s Camp Program Quality Assessment and assisted ACA in piloting national grants and national programs like the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.
  • Young Adult Library Services Association:  Partner in ACA’s efforts to enhance youth literacy through the Explore 30 Camp Reading Program.

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