Day Camp Director Certificate

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Core Competency

Business Management

Type of Course

Certificate Course


See pricing details below.



The ACA Day Camp Director Certificate Course is designed for those that hold (or may hope to hold) a day camp director position in a youth program. This online course introduces and provides a straightforward understanding of day camp management with ACA’s Core Competency areas as a framework. The knowledge and the skills developed in this course will help build confidence and improve qualifications for those in this position or considering one of these jobs in the future.

Michelle Balfe Keefer, Laurie Browne, Ph.D., Marci Guckeyson Hasty, Marah Lyvers, Deb Bialeschki, Ph.D., Kim Brosnan

General Course Description
This course is built around the ACA thirteen core competencies and is specifically designed for people who are newer to working as:

  • a director of a youth day camp
  • director in a youth setting, such as afterschool programs
  • director of parks and recreation youth or day 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 learners may be full-time, year-round employees; others may be year-round 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 day camp directors, to provide learners with the most typical skills and activities encountered by day camp and youth program directors. However, the day camp director position varies, so some skills and knowledge areas may need to be addressed individually outside this course content.

Learner Outcomes
At the end of the course, learners will have completed learning experiences that enhance common skills and knowledge sets needed by day camp 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

comprehensive listing of the specific skills/knowledge sets by competency provides added learner outcomes' details.
See a progression of knowlede and skills (outcomes) developed through the series of staff certificate courses.

Day Camp Director Certificate Course Length: 20 hours

Day Camp Director Certificate Course Credit: 20 CECs

To learn more 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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