Kids exercise while following along to television
April 26, 2021

Everybody needs a little sunshine. Camps provide an opportunity for guests of all ages to connect with the natural environment, recharge, and create lasting memories. While there’s nothing quite like stories by the campfire, camps aren’t quite... Read More

Counselor talking with kids on a bus
April 26, 2021

It goes without saying that safety training is always an important priority at camp. Whether it's abuse prevention, aquatic, or transportation safety, or how to supervise effectively, it has always been critical that staff and counselors are... Read More

April 26, 2021

How inclusive is your camp? Ask any of your staff and campers that question, and you are likely to get different answers from each one. Why, you might ask? Because at the individual level, the definition of inclusion is how welcome a person feels... Read More

silhouettes of kids at sunset
April 26, 2021

Years ago, I submitted an application to speak at an American Camp Association (ACA) conference on “abuse prevention.” When asked to categorize the track within which my proposed session belonged, I immediately checked “leadership development.”... Read More

April 23, 2021

Through ACA’s Professional Development Center, your program has an opportunity to streamline staff training to the 21st century. Our Custom Course Package is like no other. With the capability to train your staff from a robust list of courses... Read More

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April 20, 2021

Only 3 percent of camps are fully staffed.

It’s no secret that staff recruitment this year is harder than ever. According to an April ACA poll, just 3 percent of camps are fully staffed, with the majority of camps at or below the 50... Read More

Portable industrial style HEPA Air Purifiers
April 19, 2021

Summer camp ventilation historically has been very easy — just open up the windows and let the fresh summer air in. Unless your summer camp is in a warm location, the use of fans or ventilation has likely not been in the forefront of your mind.... Read More

Illustration of staff n masks
April 19, 2021

Getting ready to open your summer camp in 2021 can be overwhelming. With ever-growing checklists and numerous safety guidelines to consider, it can be difficult to manage alone. Thankfully, you have the support of your wonderful camp staff, who... Read More