Thank You to Our Local Volunteer Visitors

As an ACA staff member, it’s always great to get out in the field and see camps and interact with our volunteers. This summer I had many opportunities to be with members at their camps and felt the urge to share one experience.

What to Know about Demographic Evaluation Questions and How to Make Them Count, Part 1

Wheewww! Summer is about over, if not over for most camps, which means that it's time to reflect on another eventful and exciting season. Along with a bit of a breather, this time of year brings lots of logistical tasks. For many camp administrators, one of these tasks is reviewing camper evaluations as part of their program quality improvement efforts.

CampWire Episode #20 - Midsummer Safety Training for Staff

In the 20th episode of CampWire, ACA talks with Ian Garner of Markel Insurance and Katie Johnson of The Redwoods Group about midsummer safety training for staff as well as other issues insurance providers are seeing at camps.

Program Quality at Camp: An Interview with the Director of Mountain Camp

What is program quality at summer camp? Is it really worth it? ACA research assistant Rob Warner shares some highlights from his interview with Don Whipple from Mountain Camp.

CampWire Episode #19 - Empatico: Connecting Camps Around the World

George Khalaf is the executive director of Empatico - a new business partner of the American Camp Association. In this episode, listen to George talk about Empatico's vision and how they can help camps connect their campers with kids around the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy.

Learn more about ACA's partnership with Empatico.

CampWire Episode #18.5 - Hiking Across the Country for Camp

In this special, short episode of CampWire, Sam talked with Meghan Colon who is thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for ACA's Send a Child to Camp fund.

What Can Empatico Help Unlock for Your Camp?

Imagine if kids everywhere could discover what life is like for their peers across the globe…

Empatico, incubated by The KIND Foundation, is a free tool for camps and educators to do just that!

CampWire Episode #18 - Inclusion at Camp

Listen to this informative discussion about inclusion at camp. Niambi Jaha-Echols, Roberto Gil Jr., and Chad Nico Hiu give tips on how to introduce inclusion into camp culture and how to fuse it into staff training.

Youth Outcomes Battery in Action

Greetings camp evaluators! I am excited to share a blog written by a member of ACA’s Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Eddie Hill, and his students from Old Dominion University. With the help of USA Triathlon and colleague Dr. Duston Morris, Dr.

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