Camp Connection

Here are the most recent blog posts for staff, professionals, and the public. Interested in guest blogging for ACA?

August 7, 2017

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I am an informal education outreach specialist at NASA, partnering with Christine Shupla of the Lunar and Planetary Institute to bring NASA to camps.  My job is to help promote the study of the stars, the sun, the moon... Read More

July 24, 2017

“It’s hot.” “I’m tired.” “My campers are crazy.” “My co-counselor is not pulling his/her own weight.” “I am just not sure I have enough left in my tank to finish the summer.”

All of these are excuses or complaints that I and many other... Read More

July 11, 2017

As a camp director, when the middle of the summer drew near, I found myself gathering my leadership team to prepare for a possible journey through "the Doldrums." In the children’s novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, a young boy, endlessly bored by the... Read More

July 10, 2017

All summer long, the National Wildlife Federation is holding the Great American Campout, a celebration of using camping to connect to wildlife and nature. Here, naturalist David Mizejewski offers tips to assist camp staff in planning wildlife... Read More

June 19, 2017

Last month, twelve camp directors gathered with staff from the YMCA, American Camp Association (ACA), and the Foundation for Jewish Camp in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) of 2017, international... Read More

June 19, 2017

As you plan your programming, you want to add camp activities that are educational, constructive, and fun. Self-defense is one of the best lessons your campers can learn because it has so many real-life benefits.

Other than the physical... Read More

June 14, 2017

June is National Safety Month, which is a perfect time to celebrate the good work camps do keeping campers safe and healthy. Check out this infographic for statistics on camper illness and injury and tips on keeping kids safe this summer.... Read More

June 12, 2017

Sometimes, despite best efforts to be prepared in case of emergencies and expect the unexpected, crises occur.

For just over thirty years, the American Camp Association (ACA) has been helping camps in crisis with a year-round, 24-hours-a-... Read More

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