The School-Camp Partnership: Working Together for a Brighter Future for Our Students

Let’s face it; our collective national education system has some issues. Some might even say it needs a complete overhaul. Teachers are often overextended and under-funded, and the resources available within the classroom for hands-on learning can sometimes be sketchy at best. Yes, despite the very best of intentions, students run the risk of getting lost in the shuffle, lumped in with the masses, and even written off if standardized tests aren’t their forte.

Camps Speak an International Language

There’s a passionate debate going on — whether men and women should share child-rearing responsibilities — even if it means the father sometimes stays at home. Native American, Nigerian, Kyrgyz, Israeli, Bosnian, Azerbaijani, and American teens each express their points of view. And it’s only 9 a.m. at the Global Youth Village, a leadership camp for adolescents thirteen to eighteen.

Give the Gift of Camp

Toys? Games? Clothes? The latest electronics gadget? Each holiday season, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are faced with the hard decision of what gifts to give children. This year, as part of your holiday gift list, consider the Gift of Camp.

Children and Nature: How Camp Teaches Kids to Think Green!

After a long day of exercise and fun at camp, children’s eyes can be much bigger than their stomachs! Camps across the country are encouraging children to put on their plates only what they will eat, then camps teach children about recycling by converting the leftovers into compost. The compost is then used to fertilize the fields that create food for the campers!

Children and Nature Belong Together

How Camp Teaches Kids to Think Green!
Camp programs are among the very best ways for children to learn a lasting appreciation for nature and a lifelong interest in caring for the earth.

The Natural Gifts of Camp 
By Richard Louv

Resources to Help Children Cope with Crisis

Dowload a July 2011 update of this information.

As crisis events play out in the media there may be an increase in the anxiety level and apprehensions of both adults and children. For many children, the guidance of caring adults will not only help reduce their stress but help them develop life-long emotional and psychological coping skills.

How to Choose a Camp: Safety Tips


ACA Accreditation assures parents that the camp has had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond regulations in most states.

Accreditation is different than licensing.

News & Resources for Campers & Families

Research shows that camp experiences often increase a child’s confidence, self-esteem, social skills, independence, leadership qualities, adventurousness, and positive connections to nature. Combined with the strong supportive relationships between staff and campers, safety, and opportunities for skill-building and youth involvement, the camp experience offers a learning environment that contributes to the positive development of your child. 

For the Love of Camp Cabins

An event planner by day, I got a call to meet with the new executive director of my former sleep-away camp on planning events for its ninetieth anniversary. I couldn’t help but think of all of the people who have passed through the wooden doors of those cabins all those years.