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The American Camp Association (ACA) is committed to increasing understanding of and support for the value of the camp experience — especially with governmental decision makers. ACA’s core values include an important focus on environmental stewardship. When the White House called for nominations for their White House Champions of Change Award — Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders, we knew that the camp community had an abundance of leaders in this area. ACA nominated a number of camp professionals for this recognition.

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Welcome to Generation Camp
Published Date: 2015-05-01

I live in Minnesota where the season’s changing is often dramatic and spectacular. One day it’s ten below zero and the next 65 with bright sun and birds gleefully singing. And although we are all thinking about camp all the time, this is the time of year our list of things to do acquires a sense of urgency. Spring for me is also a time of reflection, to ponder the past and plan for the future.

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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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Bullying Prevention: Are You Up to Speed?
Published Date: 2010-10-01

Most people understand the “old” concept of bullying — big guys picking on the little guys. It’s hard to find someone who has never been on one side or the other of such a situation, whether male or female or as an “observer” of bullying behavior. Many people shrug off bullying as part of the growing-up process. However, the effects of bullying often cause damage that lasts a lifetime. Consider the statistics: Around the globe, 15 percent of kids ages five to sixteen are bullied repeatedly.

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Please check our International Staff Best Practices page for more up-to-date information.

 

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October 18, 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Tony Oyenarte

Session Description

Many camps and other informal youth programs are interested in developing relationships with public and independent schools to broaden educational programs for youth. Getting started can be a challenge! This session will provide an overview of establishing and cultivating educational relationships with schools with a sharing of curriculum models and schedules.

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