Collective Impact

A young woman walks down the trail to the next station. There, in front of her, is a wall towering over her. The wall is ten feet tall and six feet wide, and as she and her group of peers walk up to the structure, a counselor comes out from behind it. A fabricated tale ensues where the counselor gives the outline for the team-building exercise. But the girl is clear about one thing: The goal is to get everyone in their group over the wall to the other side. Looking around at her group, she does not know how she can tackle this problem.

Day Camp - Fun Is Right Around the Corner

Last week, former ACA CEO Tom Holland welcomed us to camp. This week, Tom explains a few reasons why “Fun Is Right Around the Corner” at a day camp near you.

Fun and Safety - The Benefits of ACA Accreditation

Former ACA CEO Tom Holland’s video shares his thoughts on the importance of ACA accreditation. ACA-accredited camp experiences allow children to grow, create, share, and have fun in a safe, structured environment. ACA’s comprehensive accreditation process covers a wide range of camp programs and safety standards, from camper-to-staff rations and kitchen safety to the personal growth of campers during their stay at camp. 

Searching for Mr. Holland

Before my first day of teaching high school, a colleague came to my classroom as I worked feverishly to get it set up and ready for the students. He came to give me a gift. This gift was three films: Dead Poets SocietyStand and Deliver, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.

Respect: How We Can Put a Stop to Hatred and Division

Throughout my professional life as an educator, I have always advocated for the advancement of curriculum to meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. I continue to advocate for the development of curriculum that includes STEM lessons as well as non-cognitive skills.

Videos for Parents

Welcome to Camp

ACA CEO Tom Holland discusses some of the many benefits of the organized camp experience.

Get Outside with Camp

Camp provides children with an opportunity to get away from screens, get outside, and get active.

American Camp Association® Names Tom Holland Chief Executive Officer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 12, 2015) – After a comprehensive search, the American Camp Association® (ACA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tom Holland has been named CEO of this national organization effective June 1, 2015. Tom replaces Peg Smith who retired on January 1, 2015.