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campers in canoe
August 16, 2016

Greetings from the ACA Research Team!  As you might have heard, ACA has identified research as one of its strategic priorities for the next 5 years. This is exciting news for camp professionals because it promises new data, recognition, and... Read More

Tick
June 21, 2016

As staffers, parents and kids prepare for another memorable summer at camp, there is one important detail that must not escape our attention - doing everything possible to ensure that children are protected from the blacklegged ticks that... Read More

MESH Logo
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

Volunteers
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

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