Markel Insurance Company Renews Partnership with American Camp Association®

Indianapolis, IN (March 10, 2011) — At the recent 2011 ACA National Conference in San Diego, Markel Insurance Company (Markel) proudly announced the renewal of its American Camp Association (ACA) Mission Partner Sponsorship for the next three years. This announcement follows the recent completion of the Markel-funded Healthy Camp Study, a five-year project that monitored injuries and illnesses in U.S. day and resident camps.
Markel, one of the largest insurers of camps in the U.S., markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets. Markel’s new Mission Partner Sponsorship will build on the success of the Healthy Camp Study by providing injury and illness monitoring tools to camps and expanding ACA’s online education offerings in the area of health and wellness.
Ian Garner, Markel’s Director of Camp & Youth Organization Relations, stated, “We are delighted to continue our tradition of supporting the camp community by renewing our Mission Partner Sponsorship with ACA to help fulfill their mission of enriching lives and changing the world through the camp experience. Markel takes pride in not only protecting camps with insurance but also in providing industry support, risk management tools, and safety education for camps.”
“We are pleased to continue this partnership with Markel,” said Peg Smith, ACA’s chief executive officer*. “This partnership has allowed us to provide the first illness and injury data specific to the camp experience. By continuing this partnership, Markel and ACA are continuing to develop critical tools and information for camps regarding health and wellness.”
The Healthy Camp Study Impact Report is now available on the ACA Web site at The ACA Web site also provides additional resources for reducing injuries and illnesses in camps and other youth settings.
About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit
*Peg Smith retired as CEO of the American Camp Association on January 1, 2015