The American Camp Association (ACA) believes that young people benefit emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually from spending time in close contact with the natural world. This critical connection is essential to healthy development. ACA provides a variety of resources for camps and other youth program providers interested in connecting children and families with nature. 

Nature Resources for Camps and Families

Nature & Environment Core Competency

Nature & Environmental Awareness Core Competency (Program Planning)

Nature & Outdoor Resources from the ACA Bookstore

ACA Public Policy Information Related to Children and Nature