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

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.