Camp Director Certificate

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Core Competency

Business Management
Human Resources

Type of Course

Certificate Course


See pricing details below.



The American Camp Association®  and the YMCA® have worked together to produce this co-branded camp director course structured to provide the basics for directors with fewer than six years of experience or for seasoned program directors and site managers. This online course introduces and provides a straightforward understanding of camp management with ACA’s Core Competency areas as a framework.

This certificate course built around the ACA 13 core competencies is specifically designed for people who are newer to working as:

  • a director of a youth camp
  • director in a youth setting like afterschool programs
  • director of parks and recreation youth or camp programs
  • owners and administrators 

These varied directors all share similar responsibilities such as:

  • management of operations and programs
  • supervisory expectations for other staff
  • administrative responsibilities
  • responsibility for training and evaluation efforts undertaken by the program.

Some candidates may be full-time, year-round employees; others may be year-around part-time employees; and still others may be seasonal employees.

This online course is designed, based upon the best evidence for practice and the experience of leading directors, to provide learners with the most typical skills and activities encountered by camp and youth program directors.

DD Gass, Mary Helen Franko, Jeff Merhige, Connie Coutellier, John Duntley, Deb Bialeschki, Ph.D., Kim Brosnan, Barry Garst, Ph.D.

Learner Outcomes
At the end of the course, learners will have completed learning experiences that enhance common skills and knowledge sets needed by directors that help them:

  1. Be a better administrator and supervisor to staff
  2. Better meet expectations for job performance
  3. Enhance the learner's professional development

A comprehensive listing of the specific skills/knowledge sets by competency provides added learner outcomes' details.

Camp Director Certificate Course Length: 20 hours

Camp Director Certificate Course Credit: 20 CECs

To learn more information about this course please read the course syllabus.


Quantity  Member Price/ person Nonmember Price/ person**
1 to 5* $175/person $350/person
6 to 10*** $125/person $250/person
11 to 999*** $75/person $150/person

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