Innovation Grant Opportunity


"On the heels of their successful 2018 Project Innovation grant challenge that resulted in 4 local organizations receiving a total of $225,000 in grants, WBTS, WNEU and necn today announced their grant challenge will return in 2019."

A great opportunity for qualifying not-for-profit summer camps or organizations. Don't miss your opportunity to apply - applications are due by February 15, 2019. This year, the program will award $2.5 million in grants. Categories for consideration include 'Culture of Inclusion', 'Youth Education', 'Next Generation Storytellers', and 'Community Engagement'.

Click here to apply on NBC's website. 

ACA New England is not affiliated with NBC10 Boston or Project Innovation

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Camp in the News - February


Why Summer Camp May be the Secret to a Longer Life >

By Audrey Monke  | Sunshine Parenting
"Successful lives are created first from social connection and positive relationships. They are lives that end – ideally – at old age, surrounded by the few people with whom we have gone through life’s ups and downs. They are lives that – when we are faced with the inevitable depression, anxiety, and mental health issues that plague us all during different seasons and for different circumstances (both biological and circumstantial) – we have at least a few people who will know us well, support us, and help us get the intervention we need to heal – even if they have to knock down our door to do it."

Planning for Your Kid's First Summer Sleepaway Camp >

By Lisa Jhung  | Backpacker
"I was a camp kid. At the end of my sixth grade year, I spent a month away at Gold Arrow Camp in the Sierras. I did a lot of things I’d never done before in my ball sports-oriented family. At camp, I rock climbed, canoed, and made homemade ice cream with rock salt. I got my sailing certification and sailed a little Sunfish by myself across a big lake, and learned how to shoot a bow and arrow. I learned camp songs (“Peanuuuut, peanut butter, jelly”), and made friends from all over. I got out of my comfort zone and learned how to be independent from my family. It was an awesome experience."

First Camp, Then the World >

By Jess Michaels  | New York Family
"Looking for a way to give your child an edge in life to succeed in the future? Would you believe it’s as easy as signing your child up for camp? Summer camp offers children the opportunity to gain the important skills they need to become successful adults in the 21st Century. “The world has changed since we were kids. Our children are growing up in a world that is rapidly changing with the increased use of automation and artificial intelligence which raises questions about what the jobs of the future will be,” says Scott Brody, Owner and Director of Camps Kenwood for boys and Camp Evergreen for girls, brother/sister camps in New Hampshire. “It’s our job to robot proof our kids so that whatever the jobs of the future look like, we have given them a set of skills that enable them to adapt.”

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Camp in the News - January


Wayland family marks 50 years of owning Maine’s Camp Caribou >

By Henry Schwan  | Wicked Local
"Bill Lerman calls his wife, Martha, “the franchise.”

The words are stitched in red letters on a black fleece vest Martha wore during a recent interview inside her Wayland home. Stitched above those words is a small reindeer head -- the logo of Camp Caribou, the all-boys summer camp in Winslow, Maine, that the Lerman family has owned for 50 years. It’s been quite a run for the Lermans in Winslow, a community of about 7,500 along the Kennebec River, near Waterville. The camp sits on a 200-acre peninsula in town."

The Best of Summer Camps in the United States & the Importance of an ACA Accreditation >

By Newsweek Educational Insight  | Newsweek
"When parents are looking for the right camp for their child, they have a lot of questions. How do I find the right camp? Is my child old enough for overnight camp? How do I know the staff is qualified? The most important question to ask when looking for a camp: Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association® (ACA)? “ACA accreditation provides parents and the public with evidence that camps have voluntarily met health and safety standards through a peer review,” explains Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association."

Spreading the Benefits of a Camp Experience: Reaching Campers with Special Needs >

By Kristine Millard | Bangor Daily News
"Camp experiences offer participants the chance to develop new skills, foster relationships, and grow confidence and independence. Campers living with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges stand to gain those same benefits from camp. And while some Maine camps are not equipped to serve campers who face such challenges, others camps are. The experience can be transformative."

Reading Camp Burbank gets accreditation >

By ACA New England | Wicked Local
"The American Camp Association in New England announced the accreditation of Camp Burbank in Reading. ACA accreditation is a mark of distinction from the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States. ACA accredited camps meet up to 300 standards for health, food service, safety and program quality."

How to Give Adolescent Girls Voice, Choice, and Control >

By  Miriam Temin, Sajeda Amin, Thoai D. Ngo, & Stephanie Psaki | Innovation Review
"The majority of adolescent girls—girls aged 10 to 19—live in low- and middle-income countries, and are well poised to build the capabilities they need to fulfill their potential, and to contribute to the health and well-being of their families and communities. Empowering them represents an unprecedented opportunity for progress: When we keep adolescent girls healthy, safe, and in school, and give them skills and a say in their own lives, they have a path to healthy, productive adulthood."

Heart of Hospice: Tripp Lake Camp >

By n/a | Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice
"Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice recently presented Tripp Lake Camp with its Heart of Hospice Award.  Each year Androscoggin Hospice staff and volunteers nominate and recognize a community member who has gone above and beyond for hospice patients and their families.  Leslie Konigsberg Levy and Nancy McCann were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Tripp Lake Camp."

Charles River YMCA at Camp Hale receives accredited camp status >

By ACA New England | Wicked Local
"The American Camp Association of New England recently announced the accreditation of Charles River YMCA at Camp Hale. ACA is the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States. ACA accredited camps meet up to 300 standards for health, food service, safety and program quality."

Camps’ Top Priority: Keeping Kids Physically and Emotionally Safe >

By Kristine Millard | Bangor Daily News
"Kirstie Truluck, director of girls’ Camp Wavus in Jefferson, says her best counselors demonstrate precisely what camps need: “how to model healthy boundaries while maintaining a connection” to their campers. Both elements are essential, she says, because they are in the best interests of staff and kids alike. “It’s subtle and simple advice. The kid should be setting the tone,” she says."

Altenburg named director of Camp Timanous >

By n/a | Press Herald
"Garth Altenburg was hired as director of Camp Timanous, a summer camp for boys in Raymond that was recently purchased by The Timanous Foundation. Altenburg brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator and camp professional to Timanous. He currently serves on the boards of Maine Summer Camps and the American Camp Association, New England chapter."

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Camps in the News - November


Updated by the ACA New England news team, here's the latest scuttlebutt from around the campfire and across the region's news wires.


What Islanders Wear to Work: Josey Kirkland dresses for Felix Neck

By Brittany Bowker | Martha's Vineyard Times
"Meet Josey Kirkland. She’s the education coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck, and has lived here the past six years. At 32, she considers Martha’s Vineyard home — at least for now. Her workdays at Felix Neck flex with the seasons. During the school year, she’s organizing environmental education programs with different Island schools, planning public programming within community groups, and overseeing administrative work. During summer, she directs the Fern and Feather Day Camp, and supervises kayak tours and other seasonal sanctuary programs. So what does all this mean as far as style goes? Similar to the work, her style flexes with the seasons."

Southington YMCA Picks New Director

By Bill Leukhardt | Hartford Courant

"Mark Pooler, an operations director at the Southington-Cheshire YMCA, will become its leader when longtime executive director John Myers retires in December. YMCA officials announced their choice Tuesday morning. Pooler has worked for the YMCA since 1990, and for years he led Camp Sloper, the YMCA’s outdoor center on the Southington-Berlin border, off East Street."

Young Camp Professionals: Choosing Careers in Maine, Fulfilling Commitments to Kids

By Kristine Millard | Bangor Daily News

"Whether it is behind the scenes in the off-season or face-to-face with young campers throughout the summer, these men and women are developing careers with transformational effects. The camp experience can have a lifelong positive impact on youngsters and the counselors who guide and teach them. These young camp professionals – and many others like them – have taken on the challenge and reward of creating that impact."

Roto Sponsors Annual Camp Hazen Benefit

By STAFF | DWM Magazine

"The annual gala is the only fundraising event for Camp Hazen, with all proceeds helping to keep the camp affordable for the 900 plus adolescents who participate through the help of financial assistance. Camp Hazen has been in operation for more than 90 years, providing summer fun for all who attend."

Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Awarded Grant

By STAFF | The Bulletin

"The Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp was awarded a $5,000 grant by Staples Foundation through a program called 2 Million & Change."



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Camps in the News - October


Updated daily by the ACA New England news team, here's the latest scuttlebutt from around the campfire and across the region's news wires.


Helping hands at Camp Hochelaga

By Leon Thompson | Burlington Free Press

"Camp Hochelaga, a girls camp in South Hero with a postcard-perfect view of Lake Champlain, was closed for the season on Sept. 27, but the 30-acre campus was abuzz with activity for next summer — and beyond — thanks to FoodScience Corporation, a Williston-based developer and manufacturer of nutritional supplements for animals and humans."

Camp JORI welcomes Camp Kesem to site in SK

By Kendra Gravelle | The Narragansett Times

"With the nature surrounding Worden’s Pond as their setting and a camaraderie that can’t be matched, some 40 children of cancer patients spent last week at Camp JORI having fun and rediscovering childhood."

By Jenni Fink | Newsweek

"In a remote part of Maine shrouded by trees, 14- and 15-year-olds from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the U.S, many of whom have long considered one another “the enemy,” spend three weeks side-by-side united by one goal: to open their minds and their ears. At the Seeds of Peace camp, the teens eat, interact and engage in dialogue with people from countries some of them are banned from visiting"

Newport County YMCA and Newport Mental Health launch #IAMWHOLE campaign

By Laura Damon | 

"A campaign newly adopted by the Newport County YMCA and Newport Mental Health will add muscle to the fight to break negative stigmas surrounding mental health."

Bromfield volunteer looks ahead to Camp Sunshine 2019

By Carlene Phillips | The Harvard Press

"For many in Harvard, “Camp Sunshine” is already a household word, but for those not familiar with the organization, Bromfield junior Brooke Bourgeois, Harvard’s ambassador to the camp this year, is eager to inform Bromfield and the greater community about Camp Sunshine and to promote volunteer and fundraising opportunities."

Smile, You're Maine Clean

By Haley Jorgensen | American Dry Cleaner

"Additionally, Pratt Abbott cleans 40,000 Coats for Kids each year and supports Camp Susan Curtis summer camp for underprivileged kids. 'These kids are in tough situations and summer camp gives them a chance to breathe and plan for their future,” says Machesney. 'It helps them break the cycle of poverty.'"

In the Spotlight: Helen Sahi, vice president, global corporate sustainability, Unifi Inc.

By Jane Little | Triad Business Journal 

"Civic activity that has impacted you the most? The civic activity that has impacted me the most is one I’ve worked on with my husband. He volunteers with the archery program at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman, serves children and their families coping with serious illnesses and conditions."

Philanthropy is often an accidental journey

By Dawn Franks | Your Philanthropy

"The truth behind Newman’s serious philanthropy, which wouldn’t have been possible without Newman’s Own, a food company that donates 100 percent of post-tax profits and royalties, is definitely accidental. Since 1982 Newman’s Own has donated more than $500 million to nonprofit organizations worldwide. Newman founded the SeriousFun Children’s Network and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children, 7 to 15 years old. Camps have expanded to Ireland, France and Israel, with more than 13,000 children attending."

Breaking a world record in the name of peace

By Irha Nadeem | Youth Journalism International

"Seeds of Peace is an international non-profit organization that brings together youth from conflict regions of the world and invites them to promote coexistence, peace and harmony. Youth do this by coordinating and collaborating at the International Camp in Otisfield, Maine, USA."


Marker Commemorates Historic Local Camp

By Staff | Caledonian Record

"On Saturday, October 14 one of those familiar green and gold State of Vermont historic markers that you see along the roadsides driving through Vermont (over 250 have been installed since the program began in 1947) was unveiled in the hills of Wolcott. The third marker in Wolcott, this new marker commemorates Camp Wapanacki, a summer camp for children and youth with blindness and visually impairments that operated for over 50 years."

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Cape Cod Camp Tours


Keep the summer going post-camp with a visit to beautiful Cape Cod where you will network with other camp professionals, share this season's lessons, and explore different facilities. This day includes tours of three varied properties on Cape Cod

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