ACA Standards That Relate to Staff Screening, Supervision, and Training

The health and safety of campers is of utmost importance to the American Camp Association. Because of this, there are several standards that specifically address staff screening, supervision ratios, and topics to be covered during staff training. While there is no “silver bullet” to protect campers from abuse, ACA believes a systematic, multi-prong approach produces the desired outcome of camper protection. The following list is only a partial list of the ACA standards a camp must meet in order to be accredited. 

Determining Competency: Essentials in Interviewing

"What you have to do is get them talking in such a way that they are unguarded. It could be anything they happen to be into, like their favorite baseball team or a dream they have about doing something. That's where you find out who they really are. By schmoozing in this way, I can tell whether I want someone on my staff or not!"

Hiring, Firing, and Everything In Between: Business Practices You Need

The learner will gain basic knowledge of good human resources practices regarding hiring and termination, as well as knowledge of where to access employment law information and the types of laws that will apply to camp operations.  The presenters are experienced camp professionals who will share their insight and experiences.

By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

Effective Human Resource and Employment Practices

Having the right papers in place is one key to finding, hiring and supervising your seasonal or year round staff.  This session will provide samples, ideas and tips for applications, job descriptions, interviewing and personnel policies. 


  1. Review samples of current human resource management tools.
  2. Understand components of an effective human resource management plan.
  3. Explore sources of human resource information.
  4. Learn best practices in human resource management.

Child Protection Improvements Act - Access to FBI Records Checks for All Youth-Serving Organizations

The American Camp Association and more than twenty other youth development partners have been working to close a gaping hole in federal law that prevents camps and other youth-serving organizations from gaining access to federal criminal background checks on employees and volunteers.

The bipartisan Child Protection Improvements Act  will be re-introduced in Congress in the fall of 2015.  Watch for a call to action to become an advocate and contact your legislators to urge their support of this critical child protection bill. 

Audition Versus Interview: Casting the Role of Camp Counselor

This session will teach you several techniques from the eye of a Broadway Director which will help you transform your interview process into one that brings out true character, emotional response, and motivation from your applicants. Learn “Auditioning Skills” that will forever make your interviews a more dynamic character driven process.


Reflections on Hiring Camp Staff

Hiring young women and men who are prepared to put campers' needs before their own is by far the most important thing I do each year. With year-round programs offering short-term residential experiences in the spring and week-long sessions in the summer, fall, and winter seasons — plus 23 respite care weekends and 23 camper trips, the hiring process is indeed a year-round adventure.