ACA Membership for Individuals

ACA members and volunteers have expertise in virtually every aspect of camp and youth development. You can build strong relationships with others in your field who share your commitment and can help you realize your vision and the work of preserving, promoting, and improving the camp experience for more youth. Joining together with a purpose strengthens your own work.

Free One-Year Membership

Spread the Sunshine — Give Your Staff a Free ACA Membership

What better way to welcome new staff to your camp than to give them the gift of a free, one-year membership to the American Camp Association (ACA)?

With an ACA membership, your staff can:

New to ACA?

We're glad you found us!

The world is changing quickly and ACA is here to support the camp community. We know you have questions and concerns and we are striving to give you the most updated resources available. We are eager to support you and your camp today.

All of ACA’s online COVID-19 resources are currently FREE to the entire camp community. Please share them with your network.

Individuals: What Can ACA Do for You?

ACA brings you tools, networks, and exceptional learning resources. ACA members benefit from shared and collective knowledge, insights, experiences, and connections. As an ACA individual member, you will enjoy the following:

New Member Welcome

New Member Welcome

This is for any new member. Join us for 30 minutes to learn a few tricks of ACA. We’ll introduce you to staff and volunteers. You’ll learn how to navigate the website and multiple ways to find what you need. You’ll also learn multiple ways you can find peers and communicate with them. We’ll show you what’s free now that you are a member. And more! Join us!


Benefits of Membership

ACA members come together to engage, educate, and empower each other. Participating in online courses, webinars, and face-to-face, local, regional, and national educational events supports your personal professional development and increased quality of your program.

Take a look at what specific products and services that ACA has to offer for individual, camp, and business members.

Camps & Programs Outside the U.S.

Connect with the American Camp Association Become a Member

Be a part of the largest camp professionals’ community. Connect with camps in the U.S. and around the world. If you are starting a camp, looking for education and training, seeking a connection with U.S. camps, or interested in reaching U.S. parents – ACA can help.

Find U.S. Campers

Interested in U.S. campers attending your camp

Facts about Free Memberships

Who is this free membership for?
This program was originally designed to help connect as many frontline staff (or counselors) as possible with their first professional association. However, we are happy to have you connect as many of your staff members and board members with ACA as you wish. Don't forget your unit leaders, team leaders, program leaders, midlevel staff, counselors, food service staff, health care staff, maintenance staff, and board members.