Template Resource Documents for Camp Operations

ACA is committed to providing resources to assist in your camp's operation. These resources include tip sheets, charts, checklists, and general resources among other things. These samples should be reviewed and revised as appropriate for your camp or program. 

Handwashing: Make It Really Effective

Handwashing remains one of our most effective protective behaviors against communicable disease. While handwashing doesn’t guarantee protection and safety, a person can certainly reduce risk of exposure. That protection, however, is directly tied to how well a person washes their hands. Here are tips to make your handwashing as protective as possible.

Keeping Camps on Campus Healthy: Best Practices and Suggestions to Minimize Illness and Outbreaks at Camp Register Now!

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Each year camps across the country are faced with the challenge of keeping campers and staff healthy while living and working in close quarters. Come learn from medical experts and longtime camp staff to help you put best practices in place to help keep your campers and staff healthy and participating in camp activities

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By the end of the webinar, participants will

No Outbreaks Here! Simple Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Communicable Disease at Camp

The emergence of COVID-19 highlights the importance of preventative behaviors and practices to reduce the spread and impact of communicable diseases in camp. This short course is rooted in lessons learned from the ACA Health Camp Study. Beginning in 2006, and continuing through the summer of 2010, the American Camp Association undertook a five-year surveillance study of injuries and illnesses in day and resident camps.

Communicable Diseases & Infestations

Every year, some of the most common calls received on the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline pertain to communicable diseases and insect infestations.  The potential for the spread of communicable diseases at camp means that camps must continue to pay diligent attention to communicable disease control strategies.

Measles, a Disturbing Trend — for Society and Your Camp

The discussion of communicable illness in the camp environment often centers on the very significant issue of foodborne illness. Every summer significant cases of E. coli, salmonella, and others are spread through inappropriate handling of food. Similarly, every so often there are communicable illness outbreaks, such as the swine flu or Zika, that make national news and present problems for camps and their management.

Measles Update for the 2019 Summer Camp Season

Learn more about measles, immunizations, and how to prepare for a potential measles outbreak at summer camp.

Measles - Information for Camps

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Here some top tips for camps.

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