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https://www.acacamps.org/resources/camp-security

Camp Security

According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the incidence of violent crimes committed against and by children and youth continues to rise in America. This alarming data has youth-serving...

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/talking-children-about-tragedies-death-national-disasters

Talking with Children about Tragedies, Death, and National Disasters

Top Tips for Camps  Establish a mental health support network. Build relationships with community mental health resources prior to your camp season. Have...

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/designing-your-programs-best-enhance-camp-experience

Designing Your Programs to Best Enhance the Camp Experience

Top Tips for Camps Intentionally select program activities that provide one or more of the youth-development supports (supportive relationships, safety, youth involvement, skill building)....

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/responding-media-about-emerging-issue-public-violence

Responding to the Media about the Emerging Issue of Public Violence

Media Tips for Camps Support from ACA. Refer media inquiries about this very sensitive topic to the American Camp Association Administrative Office.  ACA has trained...

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/resources-camps-about-public-violence

Resources for Camps about Public Violence

ACA has compiled a list of resources for camps to help deal with crisis response and dealing with public violence.

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/talking-parents-about-protecting-their-children-camp-summer

Talking with Parents about Protecting Their Children at Camp This Summer

Key Messages for Camps Camps are communities where nurturing adults support children emotionally and are committed to their safety and well-being. As camp professionals, we are painfully aware...

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/crisis-response-tips-camps

Crisis Response - Tips for Camps

Top Tips for Camps Create a crisis response plan. Prior to your camp season, develop your plan. With the proper resources and planning, you can minimize many of the...

https://www.acacamps.org/resources/year-round-education-children-youth

Year-Round Education of Children and Youth

American Camp Association Position and Resources Understand the importance of the connection with nature Children and Nature Create positive relationships...

https://www.acacamps.org/article/camping-magazine/role-skill-building

The Role of Skill Building

Building Camps That Care About Kids — Third in a Series of Four Articles Maybe Walt Whitman was on to something. When we think of the very best ways to help young people grow into...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/research-360-quality-vs-outcomes-smackdown

Research 360: The Quality vs. Outcomes Smackdown

If you've been following this blog you know that the Research 360 goal is to build camp evaluation capacity. Thus far I've described what...