CampWire Episode 35: Harness the Power of Plants for Your Program

 Join the conversation about the importance and value of connecting young people to the power of plants and the rewards of growing them as a key aspect of youth development. 

CampWire Episode 34: Talking With Campers About Racism

ACA's Western Region Professional Development Manager John Beitner sits down with Hameeda Abdul Kadir, Raegan Quattlebaum, and Ronald Towns to discuss how their camps have made diversity and inclusion the cornerstone of their programs and how they discuss racism and oppression on a regular basis with their campers.  They share impactful strategies and activities to help camps integrate this type of programming and improve practices around communication, anti-racism training, and belongingness. 

CampWire Episode 33: Cultural Appropriation at Camp

This episode will not give you answers, but we hope that the questions we ask ourselves are thought provoking and valuable for the culture of your camp.

CampWire Episode 32: Hiring for Diversity

CampWire is pleased to bring you a conversation on hiring for diversity — full of value for camps and youth-serving organizations. Our expert panel covers topics around how camps can identify their diversity needs; how they can benefit from a diverse staff; how to address diversity, equity, and inclusion during staff training; and much more! As we approach a new year, we hope this episode offers rich perspective during the camp staff recruitment and hiring process. Special thanks to our wonderful panel:


CampWire Episode 31: Fall Camp for Virtual Learning & Looking Ahead to Summer 2021

On this episode of CampWire, we are joined by Liz Kimmelman of Tumbleweed Day Camp in Los Angeles, CA and Andy Shlensky from North Star Camp for Boys in Hayward, WI.  We talk about how their camps safely served student communities as kids returned to their school programming in online formats amid the pandemic.  We also discuss how the Field Guide and lessons learned from summer 2020 will help camp

Episode 30: Stephen Gray Wallace & Youth Mental Health

On this bonus edition of CampWire - we sit down with school psychologist, adolescent and family counselor, SADD Chairman and CEO, camp director, researcher, motivational speaker, and college professor - Stephen Gray Wallace!  During this archived conversation we cover how Stephen got involved in the world of camp, his outlook on "relational vs. transactional counseling" and the critical need for mentoring and youth mental health professionals in camps and other organizations.

CampWire Episode 29: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

On this episode of CampWire - Kymberly Miller facilitates a frank and candid discussion between three African American women that have created highly impactful youth development organizations. This compelling conversation covers information about the individual programs they’ve founded and what it takes to lead their organizations.  The group explores perspectives and opinions on the reality of white privilege and challenges to expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion.  They tackle leadership, fundraising and provide a message of support and solidarity for BIPOC camp professionals.

CampWire Episode 28: Mental, Emotional & Social Health during a COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. G

On this episode of CampWire - Board certified attending family physician and resilience expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Dr. G” joins John Beitner to speak to the importance of maintaining mental, emotional and social health (MESH) as a top priority at summer camp – even during a COVID-19 pandemic.


CampWire Episode #27: Camps on Campus

ACA's Camps on Campus Coordinator- Tim Huchton joins Youth Protection Program Directors LeeKeshia Williams from University of Austin Texas and Nate Freidman from University of Utah.

This group of leaders speak on the rise of accreditation needs on college campuses and the importance of protecting minors in those environments.

Special thanks to this episode's sponsor, CampDoc!


CampWire Episode #26: Leading Voice in Youth Education & Development

We are delighted to sit down with ACA's Director of Research, Dr. Laurie Browne to break down what it means to be a "Leading Voice for Camp in Youth Education and Development". We provide research updates and look to the future of the camp industry. Catch Dr. Browne at the Research Forum during ACA's National Conference (February 11-14) in San Diego, CA.

Want to learn more about ACA's research initiatives? Check out our Research Page on our website.