Parents Play a Pivotal Role in Keeping Teens Safe During the Summer Driving Season

William Shakespeare wrote, "Summer's lease hath all too short a date," apparently foreshadowing the all-too-soon approach of fall. But a short summer season is time enough still for even the most unlikely of kids to find trouble in the most likely of places: cars and roadways. 

The Elephant in the Room: Communicating With Kids About the Economy

Not surprisingly, parents may be reluctant to discuss difficult economic times with their children.  Viewed as the province of adult anxiety, the burdens imposed by tumbling stock prices, falling home values, and rising unemployment are a powerful force, with 8 out of every 10 Americans blaming the U.S. economic crisis for much of the stress in their lives, according to a recent poll by the American Psychological Association.

Healthy Teens

ACA is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles for youth.  In conjunction with its "Partnering With Parents" initiative, the American Camp Association is pleased to present a series of online Healthy Teens columns.  Written for parents of teens by Stephen Wallace, Chairman and CEO of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the nation's preeminent youth peer-to-peer education and prevention organization, these regular columns address issues of critical concern to youth and families, providing research-based insights into the attitudes and behaviors of today's teens and practical adv

A Partnership of Caring - Parents and Camps Join Together

Child Protection is a Shared Responsibility

Nothing substitutes for the vigilance and care of parents in determining a safe situation for their children. While no institution--schools, churches, youth programs, camps, or families--can absolutely guarantee a child’s safety, parents should take an active role in determining that camps are fully committed to providing a summer of fun and growth in well supervised and nurturing camp environments.

A Camp for Every Child - 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.

National Parks Junior Ranger Program

Launched in 2010, children can become Let’s Move Outside Junior Rangers by participating in an outdoor activity that gets their hearts pumping and bodies moving. The Junior Ranger program, available in more than 200 national parks, rewards young people with a certificate and patch or badge for completing a series of fun, educational activities related to each park’s unique resources.

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