ACA Camp Blog

July 21, 2015

by Tom Holland, CEO

YMCA Camp Abnaki, North Hero, VT

Before my first day of teaching high school, a colleague came to my classroom as I worked feverishly to get it set up and ready for the students. He came to give me a gift. This gift was three films: Dead Poets Society, Stand and Deliver, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.

June 24, 2015

by Tom Holland, CEO 

Throughout my professional life as an educator, I have always advocated for the advancement of curriculum to meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. I continue to advocate for the development of curriculum that includes STEM lessons as well as non-cognitive skills. I believe these skills will be at the core of what is needed in tomorrow’s workforce.

June 19, 2015

Photo courtesy of Sanborn Western Camps

A blog post from American Camp Association CEO, Tom Holland 

June 19 is National Summer Learning Day, a time to reflect on what summer learning means and what summer learning loss implies.

May 8, 2015

When I was directing my camp program, I remember once asking a newly enrolled 11 year old, who was attending camp for the first time: ‘Well, are you ready?’

April 9, 2015

Photo courtesy of Kingswood Camp for Boys, Piermont NH.

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

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.