Collaborators

ACA enjoys collaborative efforts with a number of organizations, institutions, universities, and foundations.  A sampling of current collaborative efforts appears below.  For groups interested in collaborating with ACA, please contact collaborations@acacamps.org.

There are many camp-related organizations with whom ACA is pleased to have a connection. To access camp-related organizations (link).

ACA Business Affiliates are among ACA’s key relationships as well.  Business Affiliates represent agencies, institutions, and commercial businesses offering products and services that support camp operations and programs.  To access the ACA Buyer’s Guide (link).

ACA endorses educational events and courses offered by many of the groups reference above, through a sound vetting process.  To access a listing of ACA endorsed courses, and to learn about having your course endorsed, visit: (Link to the EEP page)

4-H (4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council): Dissemination of ACA’s research, educational resources, and quality assessment products and programs.

Association of Camp Nursing (ACN)
ACN is a professional nursing organization working toward healthier camp communities by supporting the practice of camp nursing. ACN has closely supported ACA in implementation of the Healthy Camp initiatives, and is an educational resource partner of ACA.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Development and dissemination of health information concerning youth safety and health.  Collaboration on research and scholarly activities.  A CDC representative serves as liaision to ACA’s Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program.  ACA is a partner in the CDC's "Heads Up" concussion prevention program.

Children and Nature Network
Promote the importance of nature for children and reconnect children and nature by sharing articles and research and developing nature-based education tools for parents/families.

International Camping Fellowship (ICF)
Promote camp experiences worldwide.  Provide complimentary ICF Affiliate memberships to ACA members.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Protect Screen collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct criminal history background checks for ACA programs.

National Recreation and Park Association
Development of online education courses and webinars and promotion of national programs/initiatives promoting youth health and wellness.

National Summer Learning Association
Promote summer learning experiences for all children; Provide communications, marketing, and outreach to improve youth development outcomes.

National Wildlife Federation
Promote the importance of nature for healthy youth and families.  Key program is the Great American Backyard Campout. 

Susquehanna University- Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE):
  ACA and CARE are developing research-based counselor training content across multiple platforms and strengthening the role that camp experiences play in youth risk reduction.

USDA (APHIS)
Partnering to preserve and protect natural resources.