Camp Visits — Making the Most of the Interview

When you receive a camp's brochure, you will invariably have questions for the camp director. From that first phone call or letter, you begin developing an impression of what a particular camp is like and how it's run. A camp may be described in nothing less than glowing terms in its brochures. The setting may be absolutely breathtaking. Activities may run the gamut from racquetball to modern dance. In the end, however, it's the human equation of how those activities are operated and conducted that determines the quality of the camp program.

What to Bring to Camp

Travel Light — Tips on Packing and Gear for Summer Camp

  • Plan Ahead — Living Out of a Backpack, Duffel Bag, Suitcase, or Trunk
  • Review Camp Packing Lists
  • Label Everything — Classic Iron-on/Stick on Clothing Labels, Dishwasher Safe Vinyl Labels, and Laundry Pens -  ID Your Camper's Belongings
  • Break in Shoes and Boots Before Camp Begins

Packing Partners Buyers Guide 

  • Find all of your camper gear in one location

How to Afford Camp

There's a camp for just about every budget. Ask the director for summer camp scholarship options. .

Fun & Safety: ACA-Accredited Camps Set the Standard

Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

A Camp for Every Child - The Right Camp

Camp can last from just a few days or stretch to all summer long. It's well worth the trouble to investigate camp programs before your camper packs a backpack. These questions help you explore the options.

Near or Far?

Where do you want your child to go to camp? Locally or far away? While each camp experience has something to offer your child, this is an opportunity to assess what you value for your camper.

Planning Checklist


  • Review Expectations and Values of Camp
  • Seek Recommendations from Friends
  • Consult Faith Communities, Community Centers
  • Attend Camp Fairs
  • Find ACA Local Offices
  • Find an ACA Camp


Preparing for Camp

Preparing to send your child to summer camp? ACA has got you covered to help with choosing the right camp, packing, camp visits,and dealing with homesickness.

Los niños - Para conocerlos completamente

Consejos de un experto.

Queridos padres:

¡Bienvenidos a un nuevo capítulo en la vida de su familia! Digo esto porque cuando un niño va al campamento por primera vez, toda la familia crece con esa experiencia, no sólo su valiente campista.


En los campamentos, cuando los niños hacen nuevos amigos, exploran el mundo a su alrededor y aprenden que “Sí puedo” es un mensaje mucho más contundente que “No puedo”, se produce algo mágico. En un ambiente creado sólo para ellos, los niños aprenden aptitudes personales para la vida diaria, aprenden a valorarse y adquieren independencia y la sensación de pertenecer a un grupo. Tanto si los niños juegan, exploran la naturaleza, conquistan nuevos retos o se convierten en miembros de la familia del campamento , estarán creando recuerdos para toda una vida

Planning for Camp

Today, there are camps to meet every interest, price range, and schedule. Knowing your options, as well as your child's personality, will help you identify programs from which your child will benefit most. ACA has created great resources to help you and your child get ready for camp.

Preparing for Summer Camp


Find a Camp

Let ACA help you find the right camp for your child.