American Camp Association Seeks Candidates for National Board of Directors

The National Board of the American Camp Association is seeking candidates to fill open member‐at‐large positions beginning Fall, 2017. The Board is responsible for setting the direction of the association.

The National Board believes that all board members, present and future, must:

ACA National Awards Nominations

Do you know a camp professional who deserves recognition for all that they do? Nominations are now open for the ACA National Awards Program!

Since 1965, the ACA National Awards have paid tribute to those who make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the camp movement and the American Camp Association.

June is Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month logoJune is designated as Great Outdoors Month each year through a Presidential Proclamation, and highlights the numerous benefits of active fun outdoors and the magnificent shared resources of our parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters.

ACA Announcement of New Chief Executive Officer

After a comprehensive search process, the Board of Directors is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of the American Camp Association® (ACA). I am delighted to announce that Tom Rosenberg has been appointed chief executive officer of ACA. His first official day as CEO is October 4, 2016.

As you know, Tom Holland resigned as ACA’s CEO to pursue his and his wife Catherine’s dream — to own a camp of their own. We are pleased and excited to have found a very worthy successor to Tom — a successor perfectly suited to lead ACA into the future.

National Volunteer Week — Join the ACA Movement

Do you love camp and want to be a part of the future of ACA and the camp movement? Watch ACA CEO Tom Holland as he talks about how critical volunteers are to the work of ACA.

Tell us what your interests are and we’ll match you with opportunities to make a difference.

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.

2016 National Award Recipients

ACA is honored to recognize the following individuals and programs as recipients of our 2016 Awards. We greatly appreciate their continued dedication and contributions to camp and ACA. Learn more about ACA's awards.

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