September Update: Optimism, Advocacy, and Professional Development

September 1, 2020

Optimism — it’s a funny word amidst a global pandemic. While optimism should not replace strategy, planning, focus on risk management, or policy, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sheds an optimistic light on summer 2021. In response to the new CDC report, ACA shared our perspective on the report in this widely distributed press release, Summer Camps Successfully Prevented and Mitigated COVID-19 Transmission, Says New CDC Study

In the weeks and months to come, several research projects will give the greater camp community a real sense of what we learned from this summer:

  • Camper Outcomes of Virtual Camp Programming
  • Parent Perceptions of Camp and Non-Camp Outcomes
  • Summer 2020 Operations Guide Implementation and Business Operations Study
  • Exploratory Study of Camps and their COVID-19 Responses

Advocacy is crucial right now — so ACA has also been working tirelessly to assure that camps have the financial relief needed to bridge to next summer. Our team in Washington continues to focus on two PPP issues, a fix of the Form 1502 issue that prevented many camps from maximizing their PPP loan, and a second PPP loan for camps that have been significantly impacted. With all of this in mind — we will continue working on a number of other federal financial relief vehicles to provide camps critical working capital this year. Keep an eye out — in the near future, ACA will be publishing a toolkit to help camps advocate for state-level financial relief as well.

Professional development, networking, regional events, webinars, and opportunities to connect with the camp community are available now. Get registered for an upcoming event today.

ACA is here for you. For the latest resources and updates related to the pandemic, check out ACA’s COVID-19 Resource Center for Camps.