Resource Library

Camp-School Partnerships Guide
Published Date: 2022-03-08

The need for help in meeting the educational goals for children has never been more apparent. New mantras are emerging for taking this opportunity to rebuild our educational system to meet the needs of the whole child:  Outside the Classroom — Broader, Bolder, Smarter.

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J-1 Visa Update — November 2021
Published Date: 2021-11-22

As of November 8, 2021, the travel bans have been lifted and international travel has resumed. All J-1 exchange visitor applicants (age 18 or older at the time of travel) will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to arrival in the United States, subject to limited exceptions. Any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization is accepted.

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Updated Financial Relief for Camps
Published Date: 2021-04-06

September 8, 2021

Since the American Rescue Plan was signed into law on March 11, 2021, several federal relief provisions have been made that can further provide much-needed relief to many camps and youth-serving organizations across the country.

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Many camps are asking if they can expect their J-1 exchange participants, both camp counselors and support staff, to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 when they arrive at camp in 2021. 

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State Operating Guidance
Published Date: 2021-03-10

All States, DC, and Puerto Rico are allowing camp operations. Please select a location for your state’s overnight or day camp guidelines.

If your state is not hyperlinked, there are no specific COVID camp operating guidelines in your state. Here is the latest Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.

 

An asterisk (*) next to the state in the menu indicates 2020 guidance.

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Camp Advocacy Calls
Published Date: 2020-12-01

ACA is supporting state advocacy efforts through quarterly stakeholder meetings with individuals and organizations engaged in advocating for appropriate rules and regulations for camps. Please join the call and learn about advocacy initiatives, best practices, and more.  

The next Camp Advocacy Call is March 17, 2022, at 2 PM ET.

Please register.

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State Advocacy Toolkit for Camps
Published Date: 2020-12-01

States will again set parameters for when and how camps may operate in 2021. States set the large parameters for this response, but local decisions and implementation are the final steps. This calls for a different type of advocacy, especially in the local area where camps who choose to operate are relying on their own actions and messages of influence with regulatory bodies. The advocacy should not be based on an economic argument, but a goal to seek a path to opening in a safe and effective partnership with regulatory agents.

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New Government Relations Community
Published Date: 2020-10-26

Should my camp expect additional federal financial relief? Are there any more CARES Act funds in my state? How can I advocate for camps especially in my state?

Join the Government Relations community on ACA Connect to get informed and involved in Government Relations.

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Your camp may be facing a major period of financial stress and uncertainty. You likely spend nearly the entire year preparing for the summer season, and disruption in revenue at any point in the planning can have a lasting and disastrous impact. Fundraising may be impacted for many months, and your camper families may find it difficult to pay fees.

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