Press Releases

Date: 2014-10-14

Indianapolis, IN (October 14) — Peg L. Smith, the American Camp Association’s CEO and champion of the camp experience and youth development for 16 years, will retire January 1, 2015.

Date: 2014-10-10

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 10 , 2014) — The American Camp Association (ACA) and the Children & Nature Network announce the launch of their partnership to further the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature.

Date: 2014-07-10

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 10, 2014  American Camp Association, Inc.® (ACA) has joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the nation’s leader advocating for 21st century readiness for every student. By becoming a P21 member, the ACA enters P21’s diverse coalition of education leaders, the business community, and policymakers supporting student readiness for college, career, and citizenship along the entire continuum of learning.

Date: 2014-06-30

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30, 2014) — The American Camp Association (ACA) is announcing a new educational alliance with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), whose mission is to drive advances in science, technology, and exploration to enhance communication, knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of the Earth.

Date: 2014-06-23

RESTON, Va. (June 23, 2014) – National Wildlife Federation (NWF), whose mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future, is pleased to announce a partnership with the American Camp Association® (ACA). Through this partnership, NWF and ACA will promote Great American Backyard Campout which encourages families across the nation to gather outdoors and camp on June 28, 2014, and the importance of reconnecting families with the outdoors.

Date: 2014-06-18

Toronto, ON — June 18, 2014 — Spin Master Ltd., Canada’s largest children’s toy and entertainment company, is pleased to announce a first of its kind, comprehensive marketing partnership with Youth Venture Marketing, LLC and the American Camp Association (ACA).

Date: 2014-06-03

Indianapolis, IN (June 3, 2014) — As summer approaches, Senator Charles Schumer (NY) announced on Sunday that he is “putting on full court press” to pass the Child Protection Improvements Act. The bill (S.1362 & H.R. 3902) will finally close a loophole in the federal law that prevents youth-serving organizations, such as camps, from gaining access to federal criminal background checks on new employees and volunteers.

Date: 2014-05-29

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 29, 2014) — The American Camp Association (ACA) and USA Archery have inked an agreement to create an educational alliance, with the goal of enhancing the quality and availability of camp archery programming nationwide. As part of the agreement, ACA and USA Archery will work together to promote archery-related professional development opportunities for camp professionals.


The American Camp Association® (ACA) was honored with the Prudential Leadership Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Boards at the 2011 BoardSource Leadership Forum on September 23, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. As the winning organization, ACA received a cash prize of $40,000.


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 24, 2014) — What an amazing world we live in, with more information and connections at our fingertips than we could ever imagine. This brave new world has come with a price, though, as we’ve gradually replaced human interaction with technological interaction. We have many young people who are not fully equipped for college, the workforce, or adult life. While the US has the highest percentage of graduating seniors choosing to attend colleges or universities, we also have the highest percentage of first-year collegians that drop out.