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. 

Evidence-Informed Guidance for Summer Camp Staff Training

This webinar will provide camp professionals with promising, evidence-based practices for summer staff training. Camp professionals can level up their trainings by learning more about comprehensive, research-informed evidence of promising practices in their staff training approaches. This webinar can help camp administrators make decisions about training their staff.

New Director Orientation (NDO) Online Course - Asynchronous

ACA’ New Director Orientation (NDO) is designed to give you a solid foundation in the competencies and responsibilities necessary to your work as a camp director.  The course has been arranged so you can work at your pace and with the freedom to explore the sections in the order you choose.

This course covers five critical areas to help directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. The core areas covered include:

Project Real Job’s Innovation Boot Camp -Shark Tank Event- Ideas Around Staff Motivation

Shark Tank for Camp Pros, and YOU are the Sharks (i.e., judges)! A cohort of over 40 camp leaders, staff, and students were given the prompt, “What is one new way you can motivate staff leading up to Summer 2021?” They spent several weeks developing innovative ideas during a PRJ Innovation Boot Camp. In this webinar, you will (1) hear teams pitch their ideas, (2) have the opportunity to ask questions, and (3) reflect on how to bring these innovative ideas back to camp. 

Staff Culture: Skipping a Season without Skipping a Beat

Summer 2020 impacted every aspect of camp, and regardless of how things played out — with various scenarios of camp running in some form or not at all — building next summer’s staff team weighs heavily on our minds.

Start with Why: The Purpose of Camp

Twelve-plus-hour days. Extreme temperatures. Mental and physical exhaustion. Low pay. Sound like fun? Then why do millions of teens and 20-something-year-olds work at camp every summer? Better yet, why do camp professionals make a career out of it? The answer lies with the purpose of camp: to make a positive difference in the life of a child. That is why so many choose the fulfilling and rewarding work of summer camp every year.

Staff Culture: Your Values in Action During Uncertain Times, Part 2

We believe staff culture and camp culture are tied together. They are not separate. The culture your staff embraces and models is your camp culture.

Closer Look: Layers of Protection

Welcome to the Closer Look Video Series. This recorded on-demand video is one of many that is part of a large library of accreditation related resources offered through ACA called the ACA Accreditation Academy - your one stop shop for learning and growing from the accreditation experience. ​