Camp Culture or Cultural Appropriation? Identifying Indigenous Erasure and Stereotypes to Reduce Harm

This webinar will discuss cultural appropriation and the damage perpetuated by camps with harmful stereotypes. Cheryl will discuss how whiteness permeates organizational and camp actions that reproduce Indigenous erasure and white supremacy. The goal of this webinar is to become familiar with the uncomfortable and to recognize the common and everyday behavior of cultural appropriation that is widespread in camps and many organizations. 

Watch Your Words: The Power of Language

While we relish the opportunity to write each edition of the column, this issue is particularly exciting as it is composed with the hope that it is useful for those who will be interfacing directly with campers this summer. Each camp that runs a program this summer will brave the complexities of delivering on the promise of camp magic within a 2021 context. The enormity of this undertaking is not lost on anyone. This summer’s pre-camp orientation will likely be akin to drinking from a fire hydrant.

How to Make Your Campers’ Experience More Equitable and Inclusive

What if I told you that as a camp counselor you are in the position to change a life? That by committing to making your campers feel seen, heard, and valued, you could be an educator, stress reliever, mediator, and role model — all in one. Well, I’m about to tell you how.

Creating an Inclusive Culture to Increase Staff Retention

How inclusive is your camp? Ask any of your staff and campers that question, and you are likely to get different answers from each one. Why, you might ask? Because at the individual level, the definition of inclusion is how welcome a person feels to be their authentic selves at camp. Without their perspectives, determining how inclusive your camp may be is an exercise in futility. 

Disability Inclusion During Covid-19 | Strategies for Camp and Recreation Programs

Are you running in-person camp this summer and looking for some support adapting inclusion principles and strategies? If so, join us!

Leadership Pathways Project: Grant Opportunities for CIT Program Development

ACA's new three-year grant program is designed to foster evidence-informed planning, testing, and improving initiatives to increase access to and engagement in counselor-in-training (CIT) programs and other qualified leadership programs among young people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update: January 2021

In consideration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the events of the past few weeks, we believe that it is important for the American Camp Association (ACA) to again state that we stand in solidarity with the millions of people who are angry, hurt, and grieving. This is especially for all those who have lost family and friends to racially motivated violence throughout our history. We believe we must each do our part individually — working collectively to end systemic racism and violence.

Words to Live By: An Interview with Jamal Stroud

Thirty-year-old African American Jamal Stroud exudes positivity and light. Not necessarily an intuitive state of being for someone who started life in New York City’s foster care system. Like many who have experienced the kind of adversity he faced as a child, Stroud could have embraced the mean streets. Instead, he has focused his energy on helping today’s young men of color rise above similar hardships. He founded Big Homie Lil Homie (BHLH), a nonprofit, volunteer mentoring organization, in 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina, where he now lives with his wife and two children.