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

Family Fun Ideas to Get Green!
Ten ways for you and your child to connect with nature.

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

Accreditation

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.

Videos for Summer Camp Parents

Thinking about sending your child to summer camp? Watch these videos on the benefits of a camp experience and the impact it has on the lives of former campers.

 

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.

Preparing for Camp: Tips for Campers (and Parents!)

Guest post by Brooke Cheley-Klebe

I love those rare moments of parenthood when I am not preparing for the next thing. Most of the time as a parent, I feel as if my day is full of getting something ready. Small things like breakfast, sack lunches, and backpacks. Big things like preparing my children to become productive adults. Our job as a parent is to prep!

It’s spring, and summer camp is on the horizon. Here are some things that you can do to prepare your camper and yourself for camp. 

Camper

Is Overnight Camp the Right Option?

Overnight camp can be an incredible growing experience for your child. Maybe you went yourself – or you wish you had. But for whatever reason, you just know your child will thrive in cabin-sleepover-living. Now, you need to make sure your child feels the same way.

The Value of Camp

Results confirmed that camps build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults.

The Case for Camp

The American Camp Association® (ACA) believes the organized camp experience is a vital component in the development and education of the whole child. ACA supports year-round educational opportunities and actively supports the extension of organized camp experiences to all children. 

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