Camps on Campus is a group of unique professionals who are connected to running or operating camp programs on college and university campuses.

Camps on Campus

This community is a unique group of camps and professionals who run and operate  youth programs on college and university campuses and K-12 independent school auxiliary programs.

Professional Development for Camps on Campus

2022 Camps on Campus Conference

We hope you can join us for the virtual conference on March 8–9. 

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2022 Youth Program Planning: Out with the Old and In with the New

Each year, hundreds of thousands of children attend youth programs provided by institutions of higher education across the country, with the bulk of these programs taking place during the summer. The programs, activities, and services can cross multiple campuses, colleges, and administrative units ranging from academic, recreational, and environmental programs. Tracking and adherence to policies, procedures, and regulations of youth programs at a college or university is a complex task.

While summer is months away, program planning begins now.  

Assessing Electronic Health Record Readiness at Your Campus

As the transformation of our world by digital technology continues, it is essential that college and university programs hosting minors on campus leverage technology to improve the flow of health information and do everything in their power to reduce unnecessary risk and liability. 

Given opportunities for serious mistakes and costly mishaps when hosting minors, youth programs and camps — including those run by higher education institutions — are adopting electronic health records (EHRs) now more than ever.

University Camps Navigating Virtual Programming with Minors — Lessons Learned

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: 2020 was hard! While it was not the path any of us chose, it was the path presented to us, and we had to adapt. Some programs made the difficult decision to shut down completely for the year; others made the equally difficult decision to transition to an entirely new mode of programming — virtual. None of us can deny what we lost by not having in-person programming; however, I’d like to reflect on a few lessons learned about virtual programs.

CampDoc - Camps on Campus Partnership

The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to have CampDoc as a Camps on Campus partner to further the protection of minors on college and K-12 campuses.

Aligning with the Emerging Field of Youth Protection in Higher Education

Lindsay Meyer Bond, Youth Program Consultant | The Ohio State University and Executive Director | Higher Education Protection Network

James Herten, Graduate Student | Cleveland State University and Membership Specialist | Higher Education Protection Network


Camps on Campus Resources

ACA's goal is to provide resources to help you be successful. Looking for a resource that is not listed here, reach out to the membership team

Reevaluate Protection Policies for Youth Programs on University Campuses

Summer has ended, and those supervising youth programs on university campuses can seemingly breathe a collective sigh of relief. However, before making any vacation plans, it is essential to pause and implement proactive strategies by reevaluating our protection policies for minors. We do not want to wait for disaster to strike (reactive) before developing new policies and procedures. Taking inventory of what policies functioned well versus those that require improvement to maintain a successful and safe program is an ongoing process.

Smashing Graham Crackers and Launching Rockets to Space: Opportunities Provided by ACA

The University of Utah, like many universities across the country, takes an active interest in promoting STEM fields to K–12 students.  With the explosion of STEM learning programs, it can be difficult to stand out or capture students who are bombarded by coding and robotics camps.  Camps at the U of U are always looking to engage students in new ways and to provide unique experiences.  Thanks to the American Camp Association, we will be able to do that next summer.