Student Camp Leadership Academy (SCLA)

The Student Camp Leadership Academy (SCLA) is a weekend retreat that brings students together with camp professionals,
ACA staff and leadership to take an in-depth look at options for a profession in the camping field and build skills to prepare for a career in camping.  

SCLA retreats are now available across the country - while each event is unique and designed to reflect local needs and interests,
all SCLA events have the same Core Goals & Learner Outcomes.

Who Should Attend

SCLA is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career in camping. 

SCLA Retreats in 2013-2014


Dates:  February 4-6, 2014
Hosted by ACA, Southeastern
Location:  Orlando Hilton
Orlando, FL
Cost: $50 program fee
Continuing Education Credits:  15
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Dates:  March 30-April 1, 2014
Hosted by ACA, Southern California/Hawaii
Location:  Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
Mountain Center, CA
Cost: $35 program fee plus $115 room and board
Continuing Education Credits:  15
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Dates:  November 7-9, 2014
Hosted by Midwest ACA Field Offices: Great Rivers, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, St. Louis
& Wisconsin

Location:  Camp Henry Horner
Ingleside, IL
Cost:  $35 program fee plus room and board (cost TBA)
Continuing Education Credits:  15
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Looking for a similar ACA event that focuses on career exploration for college students interested in camp?  Also visit the web page for Student Camp Academy: Career Exploration being held in Missouri, November 15-17, 2013.

Goals & Learner Outcomes for SCLA Retreats

Core Goals for SCLA Experiences:

  • Students will explore career options in the camp field.
  • Students will expand their network of peers and camp professionals.
  • Students will become aware of the rewards and challenges of a camp professional career.
  • Students will learn about camp field career access pathways.

SCLA Core Learner Outcomes:
At the end of the SCLA experience, learners will be able to:

  • Describe at least three camp-related career options available to them.
  • Identify access to at least five camp networks for camp staff and/or camp professionals, and two professional organizations suitable for camp professionals.
  • Identify at least three methods to develop strong networks within the camp industry.
  • Identify and discuss at least three rewards and three challenges that they will face as a camp professional.
  • Design a career development plan that includes resume/portfolio development and supports pathways to a camp-related career.

After successful completion of the SCLA experience, all students will receive an ACA SCLA certificate.  All SCLA events are eligible for 15 Continuing Education Credits (CECs).  Learn more about CECs.