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

Affording Camp

The American Camp Association (ACA) believes the benefits of the camp experience are priceless, but we also realize that parents' pockets aren't bottomless.  ACA also believes there is a camp for every child and every budget, and we want to show you the opportunities available.

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


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.


For Parents

ACA just doesn't have books DVDs, and resources for staff & professionals! Check out the ACA bookstore for a great selection of materials by professionals in the camp and youth development field.

Camper Gear from our Packing Partners