ACA and Vice President Mike Pence Talk Summer Camp and COVID-19

June 2, 2020

As a result of our ongoing advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, ACA was grateful to be invited to join the Vice President to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the field of camp. ACA assembled a broadly representative group of leaders from across the camp movement to engage with Vice President Pence and several key members of the administration, including White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Michael Faulkender.

Camp leaders asked questions specific to the CDC Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps and the potential for additional federal relief for the camp industry, which has been hit so hard by the pandemic. In addition, camp leaders were able to express the importance of the J-1 Cultural Exchange Visa program for camps to the Vice President and request that it not be included in any expansion to the Executive Order limiting immigration. The Vice President and his staff expressed a strong understanding of the educational and developmental value of a camp experience, and they committed to working to assure that camps have the support they need so the camp industry can stay strong and grow to impact even more children in the future.

Read the press release for more information.