Resource Library

Each year, the May/June issue of Camping Magazine is devoted to staff training — perfect for Staff Orientation!

The 2022 issue has brand new staff training content from the experts created exclusively for staff and for trainers. You can have the best staff trainers at your camp! 

This premier industry resource is available at a special low MEMBER bulk rate, so affordable that you can order for each member of your staff.

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NASA Resources for Camps
Published Date: 2015-09-02

NASA logoLearn more about ACA's strategic relationship with NASA

Schedule a Visit by an Astronaut to Your Camp — Interested in having an astronaut take part in your activities. Schedule a visit.

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Parks & Recreation Programs
Published Date: 2015-09-21

ACA's Best Resources for Park & Recreation Departments

Staff Training Made Easy

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ACA Core Competencies
Published Date: 2015-09-30
  • Describe what adults working with youth and young adults need to know in order to offer high quality, developmentally appropriate experiences.
  • Establish standards of practice that help guide career development systems as well as provide recognition to professionals in the camp community. 
  • Serve as the framework for development of new as well as existing professional development opportunities and resources.
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Bullying Prevention: Are You Up to Speed?
Published Date: 2010-10-01

Most people understand the “old” concept of bullying — big guys picking on the little guys. It’s hard to find someone who has never been on one side or the other of such a situation, whether male or female or as an “observer” of bullying behavior. Many people shrug off bullying as part of the growing-up process. However, the effects of bullying often cause damage that lasts a lifetime. Consider the statistics: Around the globe, 15 percent of kids ages five to sixteen are bullied repeatedly.

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Well-established and ever growing, ACA’s virtual learning portfolio includes online courses, live webinars, recorded webinars, and staff certificates of added qualifications (in-depth online competency-based courses). 

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Native American Night Sky Storytelling
Published Date: 2016-03-11

SkyTellersExplore the mysteries of our Universe with Sky Tellers! Ten Native American myths and legends investigate the reason for day and Night, why we have seasons, the origin of the stars and other wondrous phenomena of our night sky. Each narrative is accompanied by the story that scientists tell today.

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The University of Utah, like many universities across the country, takes an active interest in promoting STEM fields to K–12 students.  With the explosion of STEM learning programs, it can be difficult to stand out or capture students who are bombarded by coding and robotics camps.  Camps at the U of U are always looking to engage students in new ways and to provide unique experiences.  Thanks to the American Camp Association, we will be able to do that next summer. 

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Preparing for this summer’s solar eclipse, and looking for ways to engage your campers? Consider playing the free online multicultural eclipse stories, researched and recorded by professional storytellers Cassandra Wye and Fran Stallings at the request of the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales from Around the World was created to engage a variety of audiences, in preparation for the August 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

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