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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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ACA members as well as librarians and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two free professional development webinars on the Playful Building activities.  These hands-on activities encourage campers to experiment with materials as they collaborate on projects. Register to receive connection information and directions to participate in the webinar’s activities. (The registration password is “star”).

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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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Refresh Your Staff Training Materials
Published Date: 2017-04-04

Refresh your staff training materials with resources from the ACA Bookstore and enjoy a 25% discount!

Check out these resources and consider taking your staff training plans from great to outstanding!

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

The 2020 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.


Preorder period has ended.


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Camp Staff Member Online Course Package
Published Date: 2015-10-05

Have you thought about ways to prepare your staff for camp BEFORE they arrive onsite? Are you interested in an affordable solution for integrating camp and youth development experts into your staff training program? 

With ACA’s Camp Staff Member Package, you can provide frontline staff with foundational knowledge in the areas of camp-centered leadership, creating community, reducing injuries and illness, bullying prevention, risk management, and recognizing and reporting child abuse. 

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Solar Eclipse Glasses for Your Campers
Published Date: 2017-04-07

Google is generously distributing solar eclipse glasses to groups, based on suggestions from NASA. We would like to include a limited number of camps that will be conducting programs for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. We will arrange for shipments of sets of 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses to 15 lucky camps.

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