Camp Staff

No other job can as easily combine the satisfactions of working with people in an outdoor setting as the camp staff person. The impact of working as a member of a summer camp staff is seldom recognized for the valuable contributions that often arise from the experience working at camp gives you the opportunity "to enrich lives and change the world.

Trainings Offered by Camps

This calendar includes the following:

  • Courses the result in a certificate (such as First Aid, etc.)
  • Non-endorsed educational events

These local certification and training courses are hosted by individual ACA-accredited camps and listed here as a service to our members. These courses are not ACA-sponsored events/trainings and interested parties should contact the camp/organization directly to gain more information and/or to register.

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.  

Who Should Attend

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

ACA's Subject Matter Experts

ACA's subject matter experts develop online courses, facilitate web-based seminars (webinars), and help ensure the quality of the educational content. Listed below are ACA’s subject matter experts.

(Faculty alphabetized by first name.)

Improve YOUR Staff Orientation and Training - Recorded Webinar Package

Special Package

  • Have you updated your staff orientation and training program lately? 
  • Do you wonder what camp experts have to say about improving your staff training programs? 
  • Are you looking for tips and insights?  

Educator Online Course Package

Knowing is not enough we must apply.  Willing is not enough we must do.
~ von Goethe

Camp Director Online Course Package

Continuing education and professional development have never been easier.  With ACA’s Camp Director Package, you can learn from the comfort of your own home or office at a time that’s right for you.  From risk management to preventative maintenance, this package provides you with the necessary hours of professional development needed to meet ACA Standard HR.1.2.  Critical education related to child abuse reporting, criminal background checks, and practical lessons from ACA’s crisis hotline make this a must for camp directors, particularly those with less than five years of experience.  This

Camp Program Director Online Course Package

Improving the quality of your camp programs and activities requires attention to your own continuing education and professional development.  Yet many camp program directors struggle for time and funding for professional development.

Camp Staff Member Online Course Package

Have you thought about ways to prepare your staff for camp BEFORE they arrive onsite? Are you interested in an affordable solution for integrating camp and youth development experts into your staff training program? 

With ACA’s Camp Staff Member Package, you can provide frontline staff with foundational knowledge in the areas of camp-centered leadership, creating community, reducing injuries and illness, bullying prevention, risk management, and recognizing and reporting child abuse. 

Create Your Own Online Staff Training Packages

Well-established and ever growing, ACA’s virtual learning portfolio includes online courses, live webinars, recorded webinars, and staff certificates of added qualifications (in-depth online competency-based courses).