American Camp Association Immunization Recommendations for International Staff

While international staff members provide a valuable contribution and enhance the camp experience, they also can unwittingly introduce a foreign illness into the camp community. And because camp is a “closed” community, two or more cases of similar symptoms are actually considered an outbreak by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The Experiential Classroom: Camp

As a camp professional, I, like you, have literally thousands of affirming anecdotal stories — the camp experience is not discretionary. And, if anyone needs more evidence, ACA's outcomes research confirms what each of us already knows. Our CEO, Peg Smith*, has been telling the world that opportunities for growth and development exist in natural settings that promote experiential learning, improve social skills and physical fitness, teach children to take calculated risks in a safe environment, and expand the creative mind.