We are aware of a New York Times article published Monday, December 3, 2012 about school districts in five states that will be adding hours to their school calendars in an effort to help underperforming students. (Read the article here .)
While education reform is essential, should the focus be on extending the school year? According to Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association®, "Teaching children to pass standardized tests doesn't necessarily teach them to think for themselves. Education is about more than teaching answers; it's about equipping our kids with the ability to develop the art of seeing the possibilities."
The organized camp experience is a vital component in the development and education of the whole child. Camp provides authentic learning environments and serves as the solution to many of the gaps in our current education system. Camp teaches values such as self-esteem, teamwork, and caring — areas where traditional schools sometimes cause more detriment than good. And camp allows everyone, not just the "A" student and the athlete, to thrive and enjoy the process of learning. Click here  to view research that supports out of school learning that takes place at camp.
Camp is one of the oldest and finest community-based experiential education and development models in America. The camp community has a long, well proven history of promoting healthy risk taking in a controlled environment. Quality camp/school partnerships that are fully supported and funded will achieve our goals of producing graduates who become productive, contributing citizens.
Read  ACA’s Position and Resources on Year-Round Education for Children and Youth
From CEO Peg Smith:
- The Great Education Debate: Camp Has A Place In Childhood Development 
- ACA Responds to President Obama's Discussion on Education Reform 
- Camp and 21st Century Skills: Oxymoron or Ideal? 
- The Case for Camp — Why Kids Need It Now More Than Ever 
- From Peg: September/October 2011 
- From Peg: September/October 2010 
ACA’s Camp-School Partnership  Resources