Camp Was Made For Summer Learning

A blog post from American Camp Association CEO, Tom Holland 

Aristotle Wants Your Kids to Go to Summer Camp (and why you might want to tag along)

by Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, a guest blog for ACA. 

As we celebrate the end of the school year and sweaty legs come un-stuck from plastic chairs in classrooms across America, kids are scheming about summer vacation. Some plan endless trips to the pool, biking with no helmets, and chasing ice cream trucks. For others, minds turn to the land of sleeping bags, s’mores, and capture the flag: summer camp.

Day Camp - Fun Is Right Around the Corner

Last week, former ACA CEO Tom Holland welcomed us to camp. This week, Tom explains a few reasons why “Fun Is Right Around the Corner” at a day camp near you.

Fun and Safety - The Benefits of ACA Accreditation

Former ACA CEO Tom Holland’s video shares his thoughts on the importance of ACA accreditation. ACA-accredited camp experiences allow children to grow, create, share, and have fun in a safe, structured environment. ACA’s comprehensive accreditation process covers a wide range of camp programs and safety standards, from camper-to-staff rations and kitchen safety to the personal growth of campers during their stay at camp. 

Learning Life Skills at Camp

"Teamwork, collaboration, and communication. . .these skills are necessary for the success of children later in life."

In this video blog, former ACA CEO Tom Holland explains that camp is about more than just "hard skills." As they grow up, children will remember the lessons that their camp experiences taught them, helping them to become better, more well rounded adults. The key life skills learned at camp follow children for the rest of their lives. 

Get Outside with Camp

"Camp is about active lifestyles and what our kids need today." 

In this video blog, former ACA CEO Tom Holland explains the benefits of getting active at camp. Camp provides children with an opportunity to get outside and get active: hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, sailing, and much more. It is important for today's youth to get away from tablets, video games, and other electronic devices. Camp provides the ultimate opportunity for children to get out and get active.

Searching for Mr. Holland

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 SocietyStand and Deliver, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.

Respect: How We Can Put a Stop to Hatred and Division

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.

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