American Camp Association® Names Tom Holland Chief Executive Officer

May 12, 2015
Tom Holland

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 12, 2015) – After a comprehensive search, the American Camp Association® (ACA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tom Holland has been named CEO of this national organization effective June 1, 2015. Tom replaces Peg Smith who retired on January 1, 2015.

According to Tish Bolger, ACA’s Board Chair, “Tom has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of camp. This combined with his deep industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes Tom uniquely qualified to lead ACA successfully into the future.”

Since 2013, Tom has been ACA’s chief foundation and funds development officer. He has also served as the public relations spokesperson for ACA. Tom came to ACA in order to revitalize fundraising throughout the Association, and his time on staff has been marked by growth in this area as well as the launch of the Camp Moves Me fundraising campaign.

Tom shares, “It is an honor to lead an organization with such a rich history. For over 100 years, ACA has been the voice of the camp movement; a movement whose importance continues to grow every day. ACA sets the standard for excellence in the camp experience.  In my role as CEO, I am proud to lead this organization that is so committed to advancing camp opportunities for children and youth.” 

Tom holds a BA in secondary education and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He also has completed coursework in nonprofit management from Stanford University and Harvard University.

With a background in education, Tom worked as a secondary school social studies teacher in Kirkwood, Missouri, before dedicating himself to the camp profession full time in 2005. From 2005-2013, he worked for a private, independent nonprofit camp program in northwest Wyoming, serving for six years as the executive director from August 2007 to August 2013. During this time he served on the ACA Board of Directors. 

About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization; 10,000 members strong, it is actively working with over 2,700 camps. ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth, and adults. ACA provides advocacy and evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only national accrediting body for the organized camp experience. For more information, visit