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June 7, 2016

Exposure to adverse childhood events (ACE) can lead children to drinking alcohol, smoking, illicit drug use, overeating, and other maladaptive behaviors (Stevens, 2015). These children can experience depression, anxiety, and a variety of other... Read More

Camper on a zipline at Golden Arrow Camp in Clovis, CA
May 2, 2016

I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with a camp staff member who didn’t have a great story about a transformational experience that happened to some child at their camp. The shy camper that blossomed in a supportive environment, the child... Read More

April 26, 2016

With ACA’s new strategic focus on accreditation and research comes the need to evolve our practices and services at a national level. In order to accomplish these important tasks, two special task forces have been working diligently to prepare... Read More

April 25, 2016

Attend any gathering of camp professionals over the winter and spring, and you are bound to hear bits of conversations about enrollment. . .“How is enrollment going at your camp?” “We seem to be up a little overall, but especially with our girls... Read More

CA CEO Tom Holland with Christy Goldfuss, White House Council on Environmental Quality and Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
April 19, 2016

It’s National Park Week and National Environmental Education Week (NEEW) — why should the camp movement take notice?  Sure, they are both nice events. All National Parks have free admission this week. NEEW celebrates environmental learning... Read More

February 23, 2016

"Being a camp counselor prepared me for life after college both personally and professionally."

In this video blog, ACA CEO Tom Holland reflects on his personal experience as a camp counselor, and explains the benefits of the job. Camp... Read More

February 2, 2016

A guest blog by Sterling Nell Leija

When I was a kid, I remember wanting to go to summer camp.  Like many of your campers, I counted down the days!  But I couldn’t honestly tell you I loved it.  I was nervous in the days leading up to it... Read More

howling wolf
January 19, 2016

Last month, the American Camp Association’s new CEO, Tom Holland called the camp community to action to advocate for the passage of the Child Protection Improvements Act ― our bill to address access to background checks. Most likely, it was a... Read More