In the training of camp staff over the years, one of the most challenging assignments that we have as directors is to share with our staff what it is like to be a parent. While it can never truly be taught until it is experienced, the goal is always to make sure staff are aware of the importance of the role they have undertaken.
With ACA’s new strategic focus on accreditation and research comes the need to evolve our practices and services at a national level. In order to accomplish these important tasks, two special task forces have been working diligently to prepare recommendations that will address these programs on a national level. While these national tasks forces are looking at how this new focus on research and accreditation (or BIG R and BIG A, as we’ve taken to calling them) will play out nationally, many have asked what they can to advance this strategy at the local level.
"Being a camp counselor prepared me for life after college both personally and professionally."
In this video blog, ACA CEO Tom Holland reflects on his personal experience as a camp counselor, and explains the benefits of the job. Camp counselors learn resiliency, teamwork, motivation, and how to have fun on the job! The skills the camp counselors learn not only look great on a resume, they’ll stay with them for life.
A young woman walks down the trail to the next station. There, in front of her, is a wall towering over her. The wall is ten feet tall and six feet wide, and as she and her group of peers walk up to the structure, a counselor comes out from behind it. A fabricated tale ensues where the counselor gives the outline for the team-building exercise. But the girl is clear about one thing: The goal is to get everyone in their group over the wall to the other side. Looking around at her group, she does not know how she can tackle this problem.
To work as a camp professional is not having a ‘thankless job;’ we live thankfulness on a daily basis.
That is why we love camp.
We model thanksgiving in our programs. We outwardly express appreciation for the work of those around us. Yes, we recognize the hard work of the counselors who receive much of the praise for the camp experience, but we also work to recognize the dishwashers who keep our plates clean, the nurses who bandage us up, and the drivers who move us from adventure to adventure.
"Camp is a time to explore, a time to let your brain grow, and a time to connect with the outside."
In this video blog, former ACA CEO Tom Holland explains the benefits of getting outside at camp. Camp not only provides children with an opportunity to get active, it also provides an opportunity for today's kids to get outside and forge a connection with the natural world. Camp allows kids to get outside, get dirty, and learn about nature.