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On May 3, ACA will co-host a congressional briefing with leaders from Y-USA and the Foundation for Jewish Camp. This will kickoff a larger event called Camp on the Hill. We need your help to invite your congressional leaders to attend the briefing.

May 3, 2017 9-10:30 AM
HVC 200 (Capitol Visitors Center)

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Earth Day — April 22, 2017
Published Date: 2017-04-17

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to broaden, diversify, and mobilize the environmental movement.

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Updated August 2018

Childhood allergies are on the rise.  According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, twenty-five percent of children have their first allergic reaction at school or while participating in out-of-school activities—such as camp.

Recently, state legislatures have begun to see the importance of allowing camps to obtain and administer epinephrine auto-injectors (*).  Thirty-two states have passed legislation to allow an authorized entity, such as a camp, to do just that.

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State Laws & Regulations
Published Date: 2016-03-01

States and Camp Licensing

Verifying best practices for the extensive range of camps requires a system that is broadly applicable and constantly updated. Currently, states vary significantly in their oversight of camp operations. In many states, camps fall under the jurisdiction of the state health department; in others, licensing and permit fees can vary by county or city. In several states, ACA-accreditation requirements are recognized as the standard of care for camps.

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When the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, it included a number of extensions of small businesses tax incentives that could be utilized by camps. Some of those tax incentives have been extended through 2015. The tax incentives include:

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Social Security for International Staff
Published Date: 2015-11-04

ACA Position

American Camp Association urges camps to abide by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling and obtain Social Security numbers for all international staff.

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The most recent changes to Immigration Law in the US were enacted in 2013.  It is anticipated that the US Department of State will again consider J-1 Visa Cultural Exchange regulations in 2016.  Until then, consider the 2013 changes:

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Public Lands Use - Resources for Camps
Published Date: 2015-10-15
Use of public lands and waters is essential for many camp programs.  It is estimated that at least 9 percent of all camps use public lands and waters for at least a portion of their program. ACA partners with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to achieve our common goal of increasing access to public lands for young people and of helping to inspire an environmental ethic among campers and staff.
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Tax Incentives for Camps Who Hire Veterans
Published Date: 2015-10-15

In 2001, Congress enacted a new law that amends the Internal Revenue Code.  Named the VOW to Hire Heroes Act - it includes tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans. The law provides nonprofit employers a tax credit of as much as $6,240 for hiring a disabled veteran or a $3,640 credit for any veteran who had been out of work for more than six months. The hiring incentive is 65 percent of the value of the for-profit tax credit. Nonprofits can apply the credit against employer payroll taxes.

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