Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Power of Engaging Diversity by Hiring International Exchange Visitors
Fri, 09/15/2023 - 13:51
The world has 206 sovereign states — are you maximizing the opportunities for diversity at your camp?
On Camp and Pride
Growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, something I looked forward to every year was attending summer camp. After spending winters mostly indoors, the perfect reprieve from school was...
Foster a Feeling to Cross the Generational Divide
As leaders interacting with the next generation we have a choice. We can spin our wheels trying to understand why they aren’t where we are, where we believe they “should be,” or we can consider the uniqueness of the moment we are all living through and sense the necessary shift to foster a feeling in all the areas of our work.
Let’s Play Nicely: Eight Tips for Creating Safe Spaces at Camp
For generations, a camp director’s focus on safety meant protecting campers from physical harm. In today’s reality that is still a necessity though insufficient. Safe space at camp has now evolved beyond mere physical safety.
Cultural Bias in Risk Management
When bias is discussed in wilderness risk management, it is often explored from the perspective of decision-making. Heuristics are the processes by which we make decisions using mental shortcuts that are influenced by an individual’s unconscious — and sometimes conscious — biases. When these biases influence us to make a poor or potentially dangerous decision, this is referred to as a “heuristic trap.”
Confronting Barriers to Belonging at Camp
Providing access to camp is only the start. An important part of an inclusive camp experience is creating a sense of belonging.
The Courage to Create Access: Moving beyond Conversation and into Action
Sustained engagement along the journey to making camp accessible for all will take courage.
Livin’ On a Prayer: The Celebration of Difference in Camp
We’ve made some amazing progress with regard to diversity in our camp populations — race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, nationality, physical ability, mental ability, and more. And while this progress is wonderful, it does not live up to the truest potential of coexistence.
Sustainability & Access Summit
Tue, 08/29/2023 - 15:07
Join Us! The American Camp Association is proud to present the 2023 Sustainability and Access Summit: Cultivating the Path and Planting Seeds of Opportunity for youth of color...
Creating Inclusive Camps Tool
Wed, 07/19/2023 - 11:45
This tool is designed to help you and your camp identify the work you already do to make your camp an inclusive space.