Independent camps have been leaders in the camp industry since the inception of that great American tradition — the camp experience. Since 1954, the private camp committee, under the chairmanship of Fred Rogers, has been an organized group under various names and leaders. In 1996, the Association of Independent Camps (AIC) was separately incorporated, under the auspices of ACA, and has served the independent camp community as a legal vehicle since that time.

The American Camp Association, as always, serves the independent camp community and its ACA members. To that point, ACA provides such services as:

This group is currently not operating as an official kindred within ACA.