American Camp Association Partners on Child Abuse Prevention Initiative

April 11, 2022
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The Five Days of Action initiative empowers organizations to protect children from sexual abuse.

 

Martinsville, Indiana — (April 11, 2022) — The American Camp Association (ACA) is proud to partner with the YMCA Champions for Child Protection, YMCA of the USA, The Redwoods Group Foundation, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, and Darkness to Light on the Five Days of Action initiative. Designed by Darkness to Light, the Five Days of Action is a weeklong campaign to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. The campaign was initiated by the YMCA Champions for Child Protection, a group of YMCA CEOs committed to activating the power of youth-serving organizations to engage communities, improve internal operations, and advance policy and environmental change to protect children from sexual abuse.

During the Five Days of Action on April 18–22, 2022, participating organizations will observe Child Abuse Prevention Month by actively participating in sexual abuse prevention. The Five Days of Action campaign provides a day-by-day guide with actionable steps that reinforces three important habits — know, see, and respond — to help organizations spread awareness about how and when abuse happens, how to recognize the signs, and how to respond quickly and appropriately.

“Abuse prevention is one of the most important things we do at camp,” said Tom Rosenberg, ACA president/CEO. “As camp professionals, we strive to provide safe, healthy spaces for children to grow and learn. ACA is excited to partner on such an important initiative as part of our ongoing child abuse prevention work.”

The American Camp Association is working diligently to prevent child abuse through educating the camp field. ACA offers many educational tools and resources — including live and recorded webinars, trainings, Camping Magazine articles, and more — to help camp professionals become more informed in preventing child sexual abuse.

Camp professionals can also complete a child sexual abuse prevention training offered by The Redwoods Group within the ACA Learning Center.

About American Camp Association 

The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization serving the more than 15,000 year-round and summer camps in the US who annually serve 26 million campers. ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth, and adults. ACA provides advocacy, evidence-based education, and professional development, and is the only independent national accrediting body for the organized camp experience. ACA accreditation provides public evidence of a camp's voluntary commitment to the health, safety, risk management, and overall well-being of campers and staff. For more information, visit ACAcamps.org or call 800-428-2267.