ACA Camp Blog

April 9, 2015

By Bob and Rob Wipfler. A part of Camp 101, a blog series for ACA. 

Educators love to talk amongst themselves about their students.  So do camp directors, and our family enjoys predicting which campers will evolve into strong, capable counselors down the road.  Yet, like the weatherman who busts more forecasts than he gets right, we often find it difficult to ascertain a young person’s true capabilities until we actually see him or her in action as a first year counselor. 

April 7, 2015

We all strive to teach the skills necessary for our campers’ future successes. Camp is a critical place for this learning. This is what I love about what we do: Skills that we share with our campers and staff will make a difference not only in their classroom performance over the next nine months; rather it will form a foundation for a lifetime.

February 12, 2015

by Mark Shivers 

Photo courtesy of Cheley Colorado Camps, Estes Park, Colorado.

January 21, 2015

by Rob and Bob Wipfler, a  part of Camp 101, a blog series for ACA. 

Photos courtesy of Kingswood Camp for Boys, Piermont, New Hamsphire.

Deep in the woods on the other side of the lake, on a remote path known almost exclusively by our campers, rests the Manning plaque on a solid stone foundation. The honorarium was dedicated in 1924 to the memory of Mr. Robert L. Manning:


January 13, 2015

By Andy Pritikin

Tom Sawyer Camps, Altadena, CA

It used to be so easy. Mom was home, and kids wanted to play outside, as we only had seven channels on the television (and no central air). Boy, how times have changed. Technological advances have profoundly affected life, as we know it, including how we raise our children.

December 15, 2014

I have three daughters, all under the age of seven. So this time of year in our house is filled with conversations about presents, gifts, and the magic of the holidays. As a family, we search for the Elf on the Shelf each day and, when the big day comes, we hope we are lucky enough to be included on Santa’s “nice list.” But because my children are being raised by two camp directors, who have spent the majority of their adult lives at camp, they know  there will be nightly debriefings about the magic, about the presents, and about the spirit of giving.

December 2, 2014

Inspire the Future - Giving Tuesday

As camp professionals, we teach giving. How we do it may vary from program to program, but the outcome is the same: children leave camp with a greater sense of how to offer their assistance to others, and make a difference in the world.

December 1, 2014

Post by Peg Smith, ACA CEO

Camp Manitowa

A few weeks ago Camp Manitowa (St. Louis area) used some of their scholarship funds to bring a group of kids from Ferguson, Missouri, to their camp for a short session. 

September 23, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Camp John Marc Meridian, Texas

We all hear many references to the educational opportunity “out-of-school time” represents for children. You know, that time between 3pm and 10pm, weekends, holidays, and the whale of them all, summer — it adds up. And in this time real change can occur when working with our children’s education.

September 16, 2014

As someone who lived on the frontlines of camp for 15 years, I have had the last year to look back and carefully reflect on what keeps me in the camp profession (working for ACA) and what moves me about the camp experience.