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

New Camping Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Members

Beginning with the March/April 2016 issue of Camping Magazine, Aaron Selkow, director of Camp Harlam, a Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camp in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, and Kathryn “Kat” Shreve, director of YMCA Camp Colman in Longbranch, Washington, will assume the role of editorial advisory committee (EAC) member. Both are accomplished youth program and development specialists and will be an asset to the EAC.

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.

2015 National Award Recipients

ACA is honored to recognize the following individuals and programs as recipients of our 2015 Awards. We greatly appreciate their continued dedication and contributions to camp and ACA. Learn more about ACA’s awards.

 

Barry Royce
Barry Royce - Read Bio
Distinguished Service Award

More Information on Changes in the ACA Accreditation Process

In early September, ACA members were informed of a forthcoming change to the accreditation process. This change, rolled out over the next three years, would mean that eligible*, accredited camps would complete an Annual Accreditation Report in non-visit years and would shift over time to a five-year visit cycle. As ACA staff and volunteers continue to work on the implementation of this change, we would like to share the following information.

New Rules for Lead-based Paint Abatement - Applicability to Camps

NEW RULE IN EFFECT APRIL 22, 2010 - It is important to recognize that this is a new regulation which, like every new rule, is subject to different interpretations by different people.  This information is no substitute for a site-specific evaluation and regional interpretation by professionals like an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified renovator, your engineer, and your attorney.  Under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA has issued a final ruling that took effect April 22, 2010, regarding lead-based paint hazards created

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