American Camp Association Seeks Candidates for National Board of Directors

October 13, 2016

The National Board of the American Camp Association is seeking candidates to fill open member‐at‐large positions beginning Fall, 2017. The Board is responsible for setting the direction of the association.

The National Board believes that all board members, present and future, must:

  • understand and value the vital role camps play in the development of healthy children and young adults;
  • advocate articulately for ACA and its vision;
  • advance the mission, vision, values and ends of ACA by extending personal and professional credibility, expertise, and leadership to the organization; and
  • think broadly and strategically about the role of camps and of ACA.

ACA is committed to recruiting board members from diverse communities, to having board members from throughout the United States and from a broad spectrum of professions. The Board is particularly interested in maintaining a diverse perspective and in involving as board member’s persons who have influence within their professional circles. 

Board terms are three years. In-person meetings are held prior to the national conference and two additional times during the year, with conference calls four to six times during the year. Most Board members also serve on a national committee or task force.

The focus of board nominations will continue to be on those individuals who demonstrate a commitment to youth development and who represent diverse and broad backgrounds and skills. This year we are especially interested in finding Board Members with experience in the areas of government, law and legislation. In addition, ACA continues to seek referrals of those in related fields who have a commitment to the camp experience and interest in serving on the national board.

Candidates should:

  • have highly developed oral communication skills and be accustomed to speaking out in a group setting;
  • be a “big picture” person and have the ability to grasp the nature of governance and operations of a complex, multi-faceted, intermediary, national organization;
  • be a problem solver.  He or she should be adept at spotting issues, considering courses of action, developing a sense of pros and cons of various options, and reaching a decision;
  • be self-confident, yet collaborative in spirit;
  • be accustomed to dealing professionally with individuals of high achievement in a range of professions and activities;
  • be a self-starter. He or she should take the initiative when appropriate to make contributions to the Board and not always be in a passive mode; and
  • be committed to the board process, willing to attend and participate in meetings and conference calls.

If you are interested in serving on the ACA National Board or if you would like to recommend a candidate, please contact boarddevelopment@ACAcamps.org, attaching a resume and any other pertinent information or complete the Board Prospect Form. Interested candidates should submit resumes no later than December 1, 2016. If you are recommending someone other than yourself, please indicate if you have asked permission to submit that person’s name and include that person’s contact information. 

It is anticipated that potential candidates will be interviewed by phone beginning in November 2016 and that recommendations for membership will be presented to the current National Board at their meeting during the national conference or in April 2017.  Elected candidates will begin their board service immediately following the board orientation in Fall, 2017.