Read this year’s letter from ACA Board Chair Liz Fogel and ACA President/CEO Tom Rosenberg to learn about ACA’s approach to staffing issues and its role in tirelessly making camp a community of belonging, a safe space for children to develop their sense of self and the social-emotional skills critical to becoming happy, healthy, and helping adults.
Collectively, ACA impacts 26 million campers annually. ACA helps you make a positive impact in the lives of the children you encounter every day. ACA provides just-in-time educational resources, tools, research, and advocacy, to help you build safer, healthier environments where children and youth can become leaders, environmental stewards, and socially, emotionally skilled individuals.
The ACA accreditation program is an independent national peer-review program of camp operations. The Annual Accreditation Report is an integral program component that supports and emphasizes accredited camps’ ongoing improvement of their policies, procedures, and practices. More than 460 trained volunteers reviewed 1,830+ Annual Accreditation Reports of currently accredited camps. Additionally, summer 2023 site visits maintained rigor, integrity, and educational emphasis.
ACA's commitment to professional development through a diverse range of initiatives includes in-person gatherings, online courses, and insightful webinars. A response to industry needs led us to host unique virtual events that directly addressed pertinent needs, including the Staffing Summit, a thought-provoking Wildfire Symposium, and the enlightening Business of Camp conference. In our continuing partnership with the Redwoods Group, we extended our efforts of delivering essential safety training through the ACA Learning Center's online platform, thus reinforcing our ability to ensure year-round camper and youth safety.
ACA’s sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors, and corporate and brand partners provided the Association with over $1 million of support. These funds support research, education, and training that promotes the highest level of health, safety, and risk management at camps. This work could not have happened in 2022–2023 without the support of our corporate and brand partners like Trinity/HPSI, Chaco, UltraCamp, and The Redwoods Group, just to name a few. ACA collaborates with a diversity of organizations, including businesses, agencies, associations, foundations, and educational institutions.
Learn about how ACA’s research team worked diligently in fiscal year 2023 to advance camps’ ability to provide impactful youth and staff experiences through industry-leading research as well as grant-funded and program quality initiatives.
Please join us in supporting camps and camp professionals through a gift to ACA. Your generosity will help people just like you, who believe deeply in the power of camp, to continue to adapt and survive in our rapidly changing world. Your gift is an investment in the future, in the hope that the best is yet to come.