The Latest from Tish

During the October 2015 meeting of the ACA Board of Directors two areas of strategic focus were proposed and adopted by the board; accreditation and research. It’s been exciting to see that through a strong staff and volunteer partnership both focus areas are moving forward with concrete plans and recommendations.

From Tish - July 2016

I am writing this from Chicago, where I chaired my last in-person American Camp Association Board of Directors meeting. The six years I spent on the board (four as chair) have been an amazing experience for which I will always be grateful. I was able to stretch, grow, and develop parts of myself by being engaged with colleagues who pushed me, supported me, and challenged me to be my best. I met people from around the world who believe that camp can change lives. My work with ACA made me a better executive and, I would say, a better person.

From Tish - January 2016

I would like to personally invite you to attend the 2016 ACA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, February 9–12. Envision — to think of something that you believe might exist or may happen in the future — is a perfect theme for the 2016 ACA National Conference, and this year's event promises to be our best and most memorable one yet.

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout

“When one thinks of the 31st of October,” Juliette Low wrote in 1923, “one associates the day with Halloween when imps and witches fly about…On that night, I made my appearance in the world. Little did I dream when I was young and tried Halloween pranks myself, that I should live to see that day turned into Girl Scouts Founders’ Day.” October 31, 1860, was the birthday of Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon — who grew up to be Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouting in the United States.

From Tish - January 2015

It's the start of another year and a year's worth of opportunities to make a positive impact on our nation's children and young adults through the experience of camp. The American Camp Association (ACA) is excited by the prospect of joining with national and international camp professionals at this year's national conference to dialogue about and invigorate our efforts to introduce every child to the magic of camp.

Welcome to Generation Camp

I live in Minnesota where the season’s changing is often dramatic and spectacular. One day it’s ten below zero and the next 65 with bright sun and birds gleefully singing. And although we are all thinking about camp all the time, this is the time of year our list of things to do acquires a sense of urgency. Spring for me is also a time of reflection, to ponder the past and plan for the future.