ACA Educational Endorsement Program

ACA's Educational Endorsement Program is a platform to connect learners to quality educational opportunities. Learners can access training opportunities offered by ACA and non-ACA providers vetted to meet ACA Educational Endorsement Program requirements. 

Digital Badges

American Camp Association (ACA) provides digital badges issued through Accredible. These digital credentials allow our learners to present a rich and trustworthy record of their learning to anyone at any time. Put your best foot forward in your professional and personal networks with ACA digital badges.

Digital Badge Features

American Camp Association badges truly stand out with innovative and exceptional features! Each badge displays the following information by default:

About the Spring Leadership Conference

The Spring Leadership Conference (SLC) has become synonymous with quality education & professional development, unrivaled networking value and best of all - tons of fun! The SLC week is camp for camp leaders: come out to enjoy yourself - leave with a bunch of new contacts and a mind packed full with new information and tons of innovative ideas that you can implement right when you get back to camp! 

Create Your Own Online Staff Training Packages

Well-established and ever growing, ACA’s virtual learning portfolio includes online courses, live webinars, recorded webinars, and staff certificates of added qualifications (in-depth online competency-based courses). 

ACA Staff Training Certificates

ACA’s Staff Training Certificate Courses are more than just online training! These intensive online courses are self-directed learning opportunities that help build the added qualifications you and your staff need in today’s world. Each certificate course covers all thirteen core competencies required to run a camp successfully and includes curriculum components suited to a variety of learning styles. Continuing education credits available.

2020 Spring Leadership Conference Rates

We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the US.

You can learn more and find coronavirus resources for camps here: https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus-information-camps

ACA will continue to evaluate the best approach to rescheduling and offering alternative options for all ACA events scheduled before May 1st, leveraging guidance from state and local officials.

Camps on Campus Resources

ACA's goal is to provide resources to help you be successful. Looking for a resource that is not listed here, reach out to Tim Huchton

New Director Orientation

The ACA New Director Orientation (NDO) is a one-day course for seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp leadership positions. The course includes an overview of all the aspects of the director's job with the primary focus on the summer operation.

The NDO course materials have been designed to help newer directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program.

Fully Connected: How a Radical Cell Phone Policy Can Improve Your Camp Culture and Cure FOMO

"Because of Camp... I have a better relationship with my phone." Said no one ever. We love camp because of the relationships we build there. So, what would camp look like if the staff committed to working without their phones? Not even using them during a break! But only using them on officially scheduled days and nights off. Is that crazy? Come learn how one summer camp discovered that disconnecting from our devices made us more connected than we could have imagined… Fully Connected!

Through this course, participants will:

Camp Staff

No other job can as easily combine the satisfactions of working with people in an outdoor setting as the camp staff person. The impact of working as a member of a summer camp staff is seldom recognized for the valuable contributions that often arise from the experience working at camp gives you the opportunity "to enrich lives and change the world.

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