Explore 30 Camp Reading Program

The Challenge

During the summer children experience “summer learning loss” when they are not involved in high quality programs with opportunities for skill building.  As a result, young people can forget up to 2 months of academic instruction, particularly in the areas of reading and math when they are not in school. Camps and other youth development programs provide the opportunity to reduce summer learning loss in an expanded learning environment where children are engaged experientially and have an opportunity for additional academic enrichment.

Creating the Connection Between University Education Programs and Summer Camp

In Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, at a large residential summer camp, over one hundred male counselors pack the air-conditioned canteen on July 1. It is late as the off-duty counselors watch the re-run of the United States vs. Belgium World Cup soccer game. Groups of enthusiastic soccer fans huddle close to the television as the game goes into extra time because of a tied score at the end of regulation play. Minutes later, an eruption of voices reverberated through the camp, waking up children in nearby bunks. What was the cause of such a boisterous cheer?

Public Lands Use - Resources for Camps

Use of public lands and waters is essential for many camp programs.  It is estimated that at least 9 percent of all camps use public lands and waters for at least a portion of their program. ACA partners with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to achieve our common goal of increasing access to public lands for young people and of helping to inspire an environmental ethic among campers and staff.

Creating Educational Partnerships with Colleges & Universities

Enhance Staff Recruitment and Develop Future Organizational Leaders. Discover how to create a professional presence on campus by becoming a member of the educational team. Various opportunities for collaboration in classes, fieldwork, internships and research will be discussed which will lead to quality staff referrals, partnership projects and future organizational leader development.

Through this webinar, participants will learn:

Year-Round Education of Children and Youth

American Camp Association Position and Resources

The School-Camp Partnership: Working Together for a Brighter Future for Our Students

Let’s face it; our collective national education system has some issues. Some might even say it needs a complete overhaul. Teachers are often overextended and under-funded, and the resources available within the classroom for hands-on learning can sometimes be sketchy at best. Yes, despite the very best of intentions, students run the risk of getting lost in the shuffle, lumped in with the masses, and even written off if standardized tests aren’t their forte.

Camps and Operation Purple for Military Families

As funding has been cut to support the children of military families, the opportunities for your camp to support those children through the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple® has been expanded. The Operation Purple program provides camps with unique opportunities to support military families from their own communities. Your camp can consider the following options: