Give the Gift of Camp

Toys? Games? Clothes? The latest electronics gadget? Each holiday season, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are faced with the hard decision of what gifts to give children. This year, as part of your holiday gift list, consider the Gift of Camp.

Camp provides children with organized activities, time for free play, a nurturing and safe environment, and essential time in the outdoors — a great experience that offers extraordinary learning opportunities and enduring memories. This year give a special child in your life the gift that lasts a lifetime — give them the gift of camp.

Parents and camp professionals have always known that the camp experience benefits children — but there is now research to back it.  With generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., ACA published the study, Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience, which confirms that the camp experience builds skills necessary to prepare children to assume roles as successful adults. Parents, campers, and camp staff independently reported growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, making friends, exploring and learning new activities, and spirituality. Indeed, camp provides growth experiences for youth that can benefit them through adulthood.

As this holiday season approaches, offer the children in your life a gift that will provide them with time outdoors, a chance to play, an opportunity for experiential learning and growth — plus memories, skills, and experiences they will cherish their entire lives. Let’s pass up the newest electronic toy this year and give the gift of camp.

Wrap Up the Perfect Gift

An ACA Camp Gift Certificate (PDF) means FUN! It means FRIENDS! And it means an experience of limitless possibilities.

An ACA Camp Gift Certificate (PDF) means that you want the child in your life to Explore, Discover, Learn the joy of camp.

Print out this certificate (PDF), and tuck it in a new backpack, roll it in a new sleeping bag, wrap it around a new flashlight—or put it in a traditional gift box complete with colorful paper and a bow. No matter how it's delivered, imagine the delight when the gift is opened, and the child discovers that camp is in his or her future.

Find the Perfect Camp Together

You've made the right decision to provide a child with a camp experience. Now, take time during the holiday vacation to find the perfect camp together. The American Camp Association helps families find an ACA-Accredited® camp that serves almost any interest, ability, budget, age, and personal schedule. Search ACA's online database of over 2,400 camps by going to Find a Camp. Search by all categories or search by:

  • Location
  • Day or Resident
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Cost
  • Cultural Focus
  • Activity
  • And More….

ACA answers all your questions — expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child development, and issues of importance to families — help in identifying camp programs that best fit each camper and camp family.

The perfect time, the perfect reason, the perfect gift!

(Disclaimer: The ACA Camp Gift Certificate simply indicates that together you are going to choose a camp that is the best fit for your child and your family. If you already have a camp in mind, you can work out the enrollment details with that camp. Or, you can use ACA's Find A Camp searchable database to find a camp that meets your needs. ACA does not register children for camp or endorse any particular ACA camp. All camp enrollment arrangements are made directly with an individual camp. This certificate has no monetary value.)