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Medical Marijuana and Camps
Published Date: 2014-01-08

State Law Implications

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) were signed into law in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Included in these new “health care reform” laws was a mandate on certain large employers to provide health insurance to their employees beginning in 2015 (or pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee).

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Summer is a great time to invite your elected leaders to camp! Consider hosting your national and state elected officials at your camp. Physically being at camp is the most impactful way to demonstrate everything that the camp experience can do for children and families. August is a great time to host visits because it is when Congress is in recess. In fact, August is the month your legislators leave Washington, D.C. to visit constituents at home! 

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National Public Lands Day
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National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands in America. Use of public lands is essential for many camps. It is estimated that 9 percent of all camps use public lands for at least a portion of their programming.

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International Staff - Best Practices
Published Date: 2012-10-05

Protect the J-1 Visa Camp Programs

ACA has issued a Legislative Action Alert to take action to protect the J-1 Visa Camp Counselor and Summer Work Travel Programs.  

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Healthy Kids Outdoors Act
Published Date: 2015-10-09

The Issues

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Community Parks Revitalization Act
Published Date: 2015-10-10


The Community Parks Revitalization Act will provide matching federal grants for much needed parks and recreation infrastructure. Specifically, the bill would authorize the Department of Housing and Urban Development to:

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Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB) promotes the safe use of pools, spas and hot tubs. The act imposes mandatory federal requirements for suction entrapment avoidance, and it establishes a voluntary grant program for states with laws that meet certain minimum requirements as outlined in the Act. The VGB is being administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Lead Laws and Regulations

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Visas for International Staff and Campers
Published Date: 2015-10-12

Annually, nearly 30,000 international students provide cultural exchange as staff at camps in the United States.  International campers also provide an important aspect of cultural exchange as they live side-by-side in US camps with American campers.  The US Department of State regulates the granting of Visas for both staff and campers.  

International Camp Staff

All international visitors to the United States travel on visas.  Generally, international camp staff travel on a J-1 cultural exchange visa.  

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