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.

CampWire Episode #25 | Strategic Plan with Henry DeHart

ACA's Chief Operating Officer, Henry DeHart, joins the podcast to discuss the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.

In this episode, we cover the 4 over-arching goals of the strategic plan and how they serve as pillars of quality assurance for camp families, volunteers and staff.

Take a listen as Henry details how the strategic plan was created, how it affects you, how to get involved and what this means for the future of camp. 


CampWire Episode #23: Facial Recognition at Camp

Camp Marketing Directors Darby Dame and Sam Hirt join Camp Owner and Director Larry Johnson for a round-table discussion about the advantages and concerns of using facial recognition technology at camp. Would this service benefit your campers' parents?

CampWire Episode #22 - Camp Health Opportunities and Challenges

Health care professionals are vital to the fundamental operations of a camp.  In this episode, we speak with Dr. Michael Ambrose, Founder and CEO of CampDoc, which serves as a resource for camps to keep track of medications and health records.

CampWire Episode #21 - Great Camp Singing Experiences and Song Leading

What makes for great singing experiences and song leading at summer camp? ACA's John Beitner talks with Jacki Breger and Larry Hall about the transformational power singing has at camp.