Camp Kindness Day — July 24, 2018

On July 24 2018, the camp community will be able to participate in Camp Kindness Day – a new event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps.

Camping Magazine

Learn the skills you need to succeed. Camping Magazine is your primary source for the most recent trends in the camp industry-the latest research in the field of youth development-critical management tools and innovative programming ideas. Camping Magazine is the official publication of the American Camp Association, under the authorization of the National Board of Directors.

ACA Connect

ACA Connect - your online community that lets you engage with camp professionals.

2018 Staff Training Issue of Camping Magazine

Each year, the May/June issue of Camping Magazine is devoted to staff training.

Research & Evaluation

ACA research efforts center on a two-fold approach that 1) advances the knowledge about the value of the camp experience and 2) enhances the business acumen of professionals involved in the industry of camp. These approaches allow for the development of tools, information, and resources that address current societal issues such as positive youth development in camp and other out-of-school time settings, youth outcomes, workforce development, as well as business issues around industry benchmarks, staff training, and quality program improvement.

Cook Over the Campfire Without Reaching Over the Campfire

Everyone enjoys the sight, aroma, and warmth of a campfire. Pilot Rock firerings come in several diameters and heights to fit single campsites or large group sites, with several cooking grate options. The FSW Series campfire rings include a single level Swivel Grate — it rotates over the fire or completely out of the firering, and the operator handle is never over the fire. When turned out of the firering the Swivel Grate can be used as place to prepare your food or drink. Then turn the grate over the fire.

Standards Chair Training Registration


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Enter The 2019 Golden Lens Contest

Enter the 2019 J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe  Golden Lens Awards Photography Contest

You Could Win

  • A $150 cash prize for first place
  • A commemorative plaque
  • Acknowledgement in Camping Magazine
  • Recognition at the ACA National Conference

Photo Requirements

Send us no more than 10 of your favorite photos that depict the camp experience and represent the best practices in the field and accreditation standards.

President Signs Executive Order That Helps Camps Using Public Lands

On May 25, President Trump signed into law an exemption from Executive Order (EO) 13658 for Recreational Services on Public Lands, which will greatly help camps that operate on federal lands. EO 13658, signed in 2014, established a higher minimum wage and overtime requirement for federal contractors and permit holders.  Many camps partner with the US Forest Service and the National Park Service as outfitter-guides. Camp programs teach young people “Leave No Trace” skills and inspire respect for public lands.

Worried about Bed Bugs Infiltrating Your Camp?

Central City Bed® provides durable, sustainable, bed bug resistant furniture products nationwide. Designed and used by a nonprofit housing provider in Portland, Oregon, every feature of this patented product is intended for high-intensity, long-term use and designed to be unfriendly to bed bugs.