Parent Blog

Welcome to ACA's Parents Place blog! The Parents Place blog features tips, information, and advice from ACA, as well as other guest bloggers, on child and youth development, health and safety, and of course - camp. 

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April 2, 2018

Sleepaway camp is a big step for many kids as they grow and learn to become more independent.  For parents and kids alike, it can be difficult to decide the right time to take the plunge and start attending a residential camp. While you may feel... Read More

January 23, 2018

ACA Director of Research Dr. Laurie Browne shares the emerging themes from Phase 1 of the Five Year Impact Study.  These preliminary findings point to the numerous ways camp prepares children for college, career, and beyond.
 

November 20, 2017

I want to share why I decided that camp was still the best fit for me. After another summer, I’m really happy with my choice.

May 2, 2017

Hello Camp Parents! My name is Missy and I am the database administrator for ACA. In this role, I work with a number of our teams to manage information related to the association’s members. But I am also a mother to a young daughter, Macy, who... Read More

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April 17, 2017

In honor of #AutismAwarenessMonth, Addie Angelov, PhD, and Pamela Wright, EdD, discuss how to set up a successful camp experience for children with autism.

January 29, 2017

Let me introduce myself. My name is Harriet Lowe and I’ve worked for the American Camp Association (ACA) for almost 16 years—first as the director of communications and now in a part-time role as editor of Camping Magazine, ACA’s official bi-... Read More

January 22, 2017

Hi parents!  My name is Deidre Pettinga and I’m the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Camp Association (ACA).  In this role, I work with our communications, business development, and membership teams to support the mission of ACA to enrich... Read More

January 15, 2017

Hello camp parents! My name is Laurie, and I recently joined ACA as the Director of Research. In this role, I facilitate Research 360, which is ACA’s new strategic focus on research and evaluation.

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