Bullying and Harassment: What Every Camp Should Know

On March 10, 2011, the White House held a conference on bullying prevention to address the growing nationwide concern over the problem of student harassment and bullying in schools. The ultimate aim of the conference, in the words of President Obama, was “to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up.” Numerous studies have shown that bullying can have disastrous effects on the physical and psychological health of its victims.

Criminal Background Check Resources

The American Camp Association (ACA) is committed to the protection of children and youth. Because of societal events, significant news media regarding child abuse, and the expecta­tion by parents regarding reasonable precautions for child safety, the ACA National Board of Directors worked with the National Standards Commission to consider whether the current ACA Accreditation standard regarding the screening of staff was in line with industry standards.

Advocacy and the 112th Congress

As Congress struggles with partisan issues, youth development organizations are advocating for the passage of a bill that has already gained broad-based bi-partisan support — The Child Protection Improvements Act. ACA and twenty-two other youth-serving organizations have come together to close a gaping hole in the federal law that prevents camps and other youth-serving organizations from gaining access to federal criminal background checks on employees and volunteers.

Contracting with User Groups/Rental Groups, Revisited

Be sure you understand your state's laws regarding contracts and liability.  Seek legal advice prior to developing your user group contract.


Online Resources for Social Networking Issues and Cyberbullying

ACA has resources to help you understand, prevent, and address problems with cyberbullying and social networking sites among your campers and staff. The resources include articles from experts like Bob Ditter and Joel Haber, Ph.D.; solutions to real-life internet problems; a sample Internet policy; and more.

Prepare yourself with social network safety techniques and ideas to prevent cyberbullying before your camp season starts!

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Preparing for the 2011 Summer Season

Q: Summer will be here before you know it and new activities are emerging at camp, such as “barn swinging” or “slack lining.”* While these activities might be “fresh” and exciting programming options, what are the insurance implications of offering such activities, and what are some of the things a camp needs to consider before adding these kinds of activities?


Concussions: What Camps Can Learn from the Zachery Lystedt Law

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concussions are one of the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. Their data estimates that as many as 3,900,000 sports-related and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year.1 At the same time, the effects of concussions on National Football League(NFL) pro football players have received much press this season.

Medication at Camp: Mitigating the Risks

Medication at camp is not a new topic; however, information about medication oversight in the camp setting is sparse. Most camps delegate this responsibility to their camp physician and/or nurse with the assumption that what these professionals do “must be right.” Such an assumption neglects to consider that a physician or nurse can only effectively manage camp medications if given the parameters under which that oversight should occur. This article discusses some of those parameters.

ACA Advocates for Ground-Breaking Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives

One of ACA’s public policy goals is to increase the public’s understanding of the value of the camp experience as an integral part of the year-round development and education of children and youth. As an outcome of increased understanding, we hope to increase the support for the camp experience.