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Standards: Reviewed, Revised, Reformatted!
Published Date: 2015-10-11

THEY’RE HERE!

What’s This Mean to Me?

  • The 2012 edition of the Accreditation Process Guide (APG) was released mid-September 2011.
  • All fee-paying camps and visitors will receive a complimentary printed version of the 2012 APG. These are distributed at the local level.
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Summer Job Search Tips
Published Date: 2015-10-01
  1. Browse job postings or post a resume on www.ACAcamps.org/jobs.
  2. Search for a camp by location, affiliation, specialty, and much more with the Find a Camp search.

What a camp job can add to your resume:

  • real-life, problem-solving skills
  • significant and positive influence in the lives of children
  • responsibility
  • patience
  • experiential education opportunities that may be applied to any field
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Summer may be a time for relaxing in the sun, but many students cannot live solely on student loans and ramen noodles. Students are discovering that they can earn much more than cash as a camp counselor.

There are approximately 1.2 million camp staff in the United States today. A camp job or internship differs from a traditional job or internship because it provides students an opportunity to gain resume-building skills or even academic credit while working with children in the great outdoors. 

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Advance your Career
Published Date: 2015-10-01

Professional Development

Career Development Webinars (ACA and Teach for America)

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Careers in the Camp Community
Published Date: 2015-10-01

Few fields combine such a variety of backgrounds and disciplines as the camp field. Management roles in camps, outdoor education centers, or conference/retreat centers require some know-how and background in very technical fields such as human resources, nutrition and health care, food service, facility and business management; it also necessitates the blending of the principles of youth development and social group work, recreation, physical education, psychology, and education.

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Summer Camp Jobs: Why Work at a Camp?
Published Date: 2015-09-14

Does this describe you or someone you know?

You love the outdoors. You love hiking and biking and sailing. And — your good friend says you're great with kids.

If you relate to this, then there's the perfect place waiting for you: summer camp. Over half a million college students will find their way from their campus to camp this summer to fill openings at camps across the United States.

Imagine a job where almost anything is possible:

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Foundations for Brighter Tomorrows
Published Date: 2015-07-01

Each year, ACA’s Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence recognizes camps that embody the award’s namesake by creating exceptional programming and developing effective, creative responses to the needs of people and society through the camp experience. We celebrate the 2014 winners, as well as the first Eleanor Eells Award-winner for Excellence in Research in Practice.

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I grew up at Camp Arcadia. I was so excited to finally be a real camper in 1942. My mother, Juliette Meylan Henderson, called Mum Mum by everyone, was directing the camp with her father, Dr. George Meylan. Arcadia, a camp for girls, had been started in 1916 and my grandfather, who already owned a boys’ camp, bought it in 1920.

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My Perspective
Published Date: 2015-07-01

I have spent many interesting summers at my town summer day camp in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and I am excited to be part of that experience again. I met some very good friends at camp and some people I wish I had not met. The people who are part of the community of a camp can teach you many things and they are often very nice.

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When Rudy ran away in the Ivan Reitman movie Meatballs he helped enshrine homesickness as one of the hallmarks of the camp experience alongside morning announcements, pranks, talent shows, and inter-camp rivalries. Every counselor who has ever watched the 1970’s camp classic recognizes Rudy’s struggles. We all have our homesick camper stories, after all.

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