National Camp Day

November 17, 2016

Martinsville, IN:  Saturday, November, 19, 2016 is National Camp Day, marking a perfect time to start thinking about summer camp.  Ninety-six percent of campers said they made new friends, while seventy percent of parents said that their child gained self-confidence during a camp experience (ACA Youth Outcomes Battery).

Find a Camp

Check out the Find a Camp tool at to discover the best camp for your child.  You can search by location, program, cost, and more.  Finding the right camp can seem overwhelming, but this tool allows you to choose what’s best for your family.  Additionally, ACA suggests reaching out to camps, in person or over the phone.  Ask camp directors if their camp is accredited.  ACA-accredited camps voluntarily meet up to 300 health and safety standards to ensure that their camp is a safe and fun environment for your child.

Early-Bird Registration

Many camps offer early-bird registration during the fall and winter months.  Ask the director what kind of registration they offer when signing your child up early.

Camp Scholarships

There is a camp for every family budget.  Ninety-three percent of ACA-accredited camps offer scholarship assistance (ACA Business Operations Report 2015).  The best time to apply for camp scholarships is right now, so reach out to the camps that you’re interested in and ask how.

About ACA:

The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization with more than 10,000 individual members and nearly 3,000 member 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.  ACA accredits approximately 2,400 diverse camps nationally.  ACA-Accredited® Camps meet up to 300 health and safety standards.  Accreditation provides public evidence of a camp’s commitment to the health, safety, and overall well-being of both campers and staff.  For more information, visit