Resource Library

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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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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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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Current Action Alerts
Published Date: 2017-07-13

Find out the latest issues and legislation happening in your state.

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J-1 Visa Update
Published Date: 2017-08-30

In April 2017, the White House signed the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American. In that document were references to some U. S. Department of State cultural exchange programs that the White House viewed to be taking jobs from Americans – namely the H Visa and the J Visa, specifically the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program.

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ACA continues to closely monitor developments in Washington with the J-1 Cultural Exchange programs for camp counselors and support staff. These programs are vital to America’s camps and we are determined to defend against any threat to them. ACA leadership and ACA’s Government Affairs team have conducted many important meetings and discussions on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and in the offices of many government agencies to educate our nation’s leaders about the critical importance of international cultural exchange to America’s camps.

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Cultural Exchange Program Visas — Camp Counselor and Summer Work Travel Programs

  • In March, ACA’s volunteer leadership traveled to Washington for discussions with top State Department staff about the necessity of J-1 Visa participants for America’s camps. The quality cultural exchange experiences for camps and the J-1 Visa participants are always a top priority for State Department officials.
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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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The ACA Government Relations Committee has been working closely with the Department of State (DOS) and legislators across the country to build awareness about the value of the J-1 cultural exchange program. The DOS has begun a complete brand review of the Exchange Visitor Program, and they need your input. The DOS is considering how to position the program to increase understanding regarding the nature of the program and its benefits, for the general public as well as our lawmakers.

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ACA’s Government Relations Committee is continuing efforts to secure further financial relief for camps and closely monitoring ongoing discussions in Washington, DC, about reallocating funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that have not yet been spent to maximize their impact through existing vehicles.

Some of the main strategies the committee is pursuing to further help camps include:

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