American Camp Association

Prepare Your Child … And Yourself for Camp!


For parents, the most heart-racing, adrenalin pumping moments happen when you let go and watch your child try something on his or her own. The moment the training wheels come off, the first trip down the driveway on the skateboard, the time our children ride the school bus – these are more than just memories,… Read more »

Being Away From Home Builds Self-Esteem, Independence


One of the many joys of parenthood is helping children navigate new waters. And, while often these situations are met with hesitation, slight anxiety — or in the case of some first-time campers, homesickness — it is these moments that develop the twenty-first century skills needed in adulthood. New situations, such as going away to… Read more »

Camp Unplugged: Loosening the Digital Umbilical


by Christopher A. Thurber, Ph.D.   Young people between eight and eighteen spend an average of 6.5 hours a day absorbed in media — much of the time is solitary. Pro-Children Solutions Electronic technology has done a lot to make life more convenient. Sadly, the 1950s dream of having robots and computers do most jobs… Read more »

Why Day Camp?


Why Day Camp? By Marla Coleman  Children learn life skills that become habits of the heart. Another mother wrote that the family was on a ski trip. The son got to the top of a steep hill and started to panic. The mom said, “What would you do if you were at camp?” and he… Read more »

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