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.

NEW for Camps Catering to Kids with Special Needs or Disabilities

To better meet the needs of summer camps that exclusively serve children with special needs due to a serious illness, medical conditions, or developmental disabilities, we offer myCAMPapp at a discounted rate and with the option of weekly subscription terms. 

myCAMPapp is a customizable mobile app for youth camps to keep parents and camp staff connected, informed, and happy!

Parents and staff will get a beautifully designed app, branded for your camp. You get full control of all your camp's app content, anytime, real time.

Keep Campers Engaged All Summer Long with Rigamajig!

Visitors of the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley (pictured right) tested out their new Rigamajig Basic Builder Kit. The Kit, which comes with 260+ pieces, including wooden planks, wingnuts and bolts, brackets, wheels, ropes and pulleys, is designed for open-ended free play and STEM learning.

CORCL Successful in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018

CORCL Boats is very proud to announce that the CORCL won "Honourable Mention" in the Red Dot 2018 Product Design Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions. Only products that show a well-executed aspect of design work win. In 2018, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries submitted more than 6,300 objects to the competition. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation,” a jury comprised of 39 members assessed the products individually.

A New Look For Trash

Collecting trash doesn’t have to be ugly. . . or hard. This square trash and recycling receptacle from Pilot Rock/R.J. Thomas Mfg. proves it. The design includes a side door so it’s easy for maintenance crews to remove and empty the liner. All welded steel strap construction makes it able to withstand constant exposure to the elements — natural and human.