Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Package

(The first in a series.)
 

Help to create an environment that builds capacity within the camp community to understand, accept, value, and honor the unique contributions of all people in our camps.  ACA hope to encourage camps to create and maintain an inclusive camp community that eliminates stereotypes, bias, and bullying based on differences that include but are not limited to age, gender, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and socio-economic status.

Become a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Camp Champion

Webinar Description: 

ACA has a commitment to promote and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the camp world.  As camp leaders, you are being asked to consider approaching the preparation and delivery of all virtual camp sessions with a DEI lens to ensure participants are left with the feeling of an inclusive camp experience. ACA has teamed up with Nika White Consulting to further explore DEI in the camp setting. Join us for a webinar that will focus on different areas of DEI that will drive the execution of inclusive virtual camps. 

Race Conversations at Camp

Description

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others are forcing the country to reconcile with the injustices that plague our systems. As camp professionals, it’s our job to give campers a place to talk about how racism affects their lives.   

ACA in partnership with Teaching Matters, is offering an exciting webinar for camp educators to discuss how to talk about racism in the camp setting. 

Webinar - Race Conversations at Camp

ACA, in partnership with Teaching Matters, is offering an exciting webinar for camp educators to discuss how to talk about racism in the camp setting. 

Summer Camps Abuse Prevention Program

ASAP's abuse-prevention program is being used to ensure healthly physical and behavorial interactions and safety.  It includes a Director's Guide, screening protocol, staff training - animated videos and a test for certification and guidelines for parents.  It raises the standards of camps and camp staff in a respectful and innovative way and reduces liability.  By providing trainings and implementing safety measures, camps will be sending a message to counselors, campers, and parents that they are educated, aware, and will not tolerate abuse.

Learner Outcomes:

Fully Connected: How a Radical Cell Phone Policy Can Improve Your Camp Culture and Cure FOMO

"Because of Camp... I have a better relationship with my phone." Said no one ever. We love camp because of the relationships we build there. So, what would camp look like if the staff committed to working without their phones? Not even using them during a break! But only using them on officially scheduled days and nights off. Is that crazy? Come learn how one summer camp discovered that disconnecting from our devices made us more connected than we could have imagined… Fully Connected!

Through this course, participants will:

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) In the Camp Environment

Camping and leisure activities are important for all of us, including individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This webinar will begin to identify the benefits of having children with ASD and their peers in an inclusive camp setting. We will explore how a camper with ASD might think and introduce a practical peer program called “PAWSS” to support the social interactions at camp. Strengths and challenges of serving campers with ASD will be problem solved and myths will be discarded.

Through this webinar, participants will learn:

Expanding the Impact of Camp: From Individual Lives to Societal Change

This article is part of Camping Magazine’s series on inclusion, identifying and exploring both big picture and on-the-ground actionable pathways for application through participant reflection, discussion, and active engagement. Contact Niambi Jaha-Echols (njechols@gmail.com) if you would like to participate or contribute to this series.

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