Measuring Camper Impact (Virtually)

Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) serves campers who have medical illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges at two year-round camp locations in Georgia. CTL operates as a partner model camp, serving over 60 partner organizations each year. Our partners are various types of nonprofit organizations who bring the populations that they serve to our facility for camping programs.  

Handwashing: Make It Really Effective

Handwashing remains one of our most effective protective behaviors against communicable disease. While handwashing doesn’t guarantee protection and safety, a person can certainly reduce risk of exposure. That protection, however, is directly tied to how well a person washes their hands. Here are tips to make your handwashing as protective as possible.

Now Is a Great Time to Use Your Camp for Rental Groups

What camp directors do best is being innovative when times get rough. Well, times are rough — so let the innovation begin!

Here are benefits of renting our your camp, as well as considerations for doing so — all compiled by camp professionals.

Five Reasons to Rent Out Your Camp

Jared Knight, Associate Director. Aspen Grove Family Camp

Invite Campers to Make Cloud Observations

Camps, campers, and their families are invited to join the NASA GLOBE Clouds 2020 Community Cloud Challenge: Science Is Better Together.

2020 Sites, Facilities, & Programs Study Findings for Day Camps

You’ve probably gathered by now that, here in the research wing of ACA, one of our favorite pastimes consists of developing surveys, studies, and evaluations that help us expand the value and visibility of the camp experience.

NASA Proposal Opportunity Open to Informal Education Organizations Including Camps

NASA has announced a new, one-time, award opportunity for nonprofit informal education institutions, including camps.

Camp Kindness Day 2020: Reimagined

This year has been extremely challenging for the entire camp community, not just in the United States, but all over the world. Through all this, so many have come together ⁠— as camp people do best ⁠— paving the way for the continued future of camp and the impact it has on all who experience it.

While the camp community continues to face many challenges, we also have much to celebrate. The ingenuity, commitment, and support this community brings to positively impact youth ⁠— and the world ⁠— are unparalleled. Kindness is at our core.

Community as the Foundation for Camp Program Quality

This Research 360 blog post provides an update on some of ACA's current research, including how the research projects have been adapted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turning TikToks into Camp Talks: The Role Young Staff Can Play in Virtual Program Development

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has been at the forefront of our minds as cancellations rolled in, and for many people camp looks different this summer. Each summer brings new challenges and this summer is no different, with the additions of a few more challenges and crises than normally expected. The camp community has truly rallied to pivot programming and offer alternatives to a typical camp experience, as virtual programming has emerged as an alternative to an in-person experience.

Seeking Volunteers for Camp Kindness Day 2020 Task Force

Each year, the camp community participates in Camp Kindness Day — an event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps. Camp Kindness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable, and high-impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the ways in which camps celebrated kindness in years past will not be possible this year.