Secretary of the Interior Announces New Plans for Easier Access to Public Lands For Some Youth-Serving Organizations

On March 4, 2016, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, announced a new initiative to decrease barriers for disadvantaged and under-resourced youth to access America’s public lands and waters through expediting the public lands permit process. Read the Secretary's full press release.

Epi-Pen Accessibility Laws and Camps

Updated June 2016

Epi-Pen Laws and Camps

Childhood allergies are on the rise.  According to research conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, twenty-five percent of children have their first allergic reaction at school or while participating in out-of-school activities—such as camp.

Recently, state legislatures have begun to see the importance of allowing camps to obtain and administer epinephrine auto-injectors (*).  Twenty-six states have passed legislation to allow an authorized entity, such as a camp, to do just that.

New Opportunity to Meet With the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State will be participating in the American Camp Association National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on February 11, 2016 from 10:30 am - 11:45 am.

Federal Lands Permits and Minimum Wage Issues - Important Update

On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus federal spending bill — HR 2029 containing a provision to defund the implementation and enforcement of the President’s 2014 Executive Order 13658. The Executive Order established a minimum wage for contractors of $10.10 for workers on Federal construction and service contracts.

New Law Exempts Camps From Certain Commercial Transportation Regulations

The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that today,  December 18, 2015, President Barak Obama signed the Omnibus federal spending bill — HR 2029 containing a change in law pertaining to interstate transportation.  The change specifically exempts camps from certain commercial regulations when operating 9-15 passenger vans:

United States Code

Title 49 – Transportation

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – New Law Provides New Opportunities for Camps

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill to revise and replace No Child Left Behind and overhaul K-12 education.

Child Protection Improvements Act - Reintroduced! Advocate Today

The Child Protection Improvements Act (S. 2332, H.R. 4073) has been reintroduced into Congress. This bill closes a gaping hole in the federal law regarding youth-serving organization's access to FBI background checks.

American Taxpayer Relief Act - Impact on Camps

When the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, it included a number of extensions of small businesses tax incentives that could be utilized by camps. Some of those tax incentives have been extended through 2015. The tax incentives include:

Testimonials on the Value of Camp Cultural Exchange Programs

Camp has always been a unique developmental environment that weaves global citizenship with other outcomes such as critical thinking skills, leadership, and character development.

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