MARTINSVILLE, Ind., May 20, 2024 — The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that over 20 camps across the United States will join Phase 2 of the Leadership Pathways Project. The project provides financial support to nonprofit summer camps and qualifying organizations that run camp. Grant recipients will receive up to $18,000 per year for three years to support creating, improving, or expanding counselor-in-training (CIT) or similar leadership development programs at camp.

Participating camps will work with a peer cohort to design, implement, and improve a CIT-related initiative to increase access to camp leadership pathways for young people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities. The grant project runs from May 2024 to May 2027, with ongoing support to participating camps from ACA and its partners, through organized Community of Practice convenings, in-person conferences, and technical assistance.

This second round of funding comes on the heels of the success of the first 20 camps that participated in Phase 1 in 2021–2024, who expanded growth opportunities for campers to become counselors through CIT and leadership programs. This also demonstrates the effectiveness of investing in initiatives that increase access for youth of all backgrounds and abilities. ACA received over 300 applications for this project, and chose 21 grant recipients that represent the diversity of youth, staff, and camps across our country, including a mixture of day and overnight camps, and ACA-affiliated, not affiliated, member and non-member camps. Future grant project updates can be found on the ACA Leadership Pathways Project web page. This project was established through a grant opportunity from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP).

The awarded camp organizations are:

  • Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project - Camp ANV (California)
  • B'nai B'rith Camp, LLC / B'nai B'rith Men's Camp Association - BB Camp (Oregon)
  • Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco - Camp Mendocino (California)
  • Butler Community Arts School - Butler Community Arts School (Indiana)
  • Camp Fire Alaska - Camp K on Kenai Lake (Alaska)
  • Camp for All Kids - Four Star Fellowship Program (Wisconsin)
  • Camp Hazen YMCA (Connecticut)
  • Easterseals Central Illinois - Timber Pointe Outdoor Center (Illinois)
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta - Camp Meriwether and Camp Misty Mountain (Georgia)
  • Happiness Is Camping (New Jersey)
  • Live Oak Wilderness Camp (Mississippi, serving New Orleans youth)
  • Maven Youth - LGBT+ Youth Summer Tech Camp (Texas)
  • No Limits Foundation - Camp No Limits (Maine)
  • Piers Park Sailing Center - Future Leaders Summer Camp (Massachusetts)
  • The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center (New Hampshire)
  • The Fresh Air Fund (New York)
  • The H.E.A.R.T. Center (Arizona)
  • The TVRC Education Foundation, Inc - Teton Valley Ranch Camp (Wyoming)
  • University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area - spectrUM Science Camps (Montana)
  • Wa-Ya Outdoor Institute - Camp Wa-Ya (Washington)
  • YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga (Vermont)

About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization serving the more than 15,000 year-round and summer camps in the US that 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

About Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) provides meaningful assistance to society, the arts, and the environment. Based in Minnesota, MACP is the umbrella over two grantmaking foundations: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. Rooted in guidance from our founder, Margaret Cargill, we support work in communities through highly collaborative relationships with grantees and other partners. Our global funding spans seven domains connected through common strategies and approaches: Animal Welfare, Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Legacy & Opportunity, Quality of Life, and Teachers & Students. The collective assets of MACP place it among the largest philanthropies in the United States.