ACA Accredited Summer Camps in the News!


ACA Accredited New England Camps
in the News!

ACA Accredited summer camps across New England had a busy summer, so we wanted to take a moment to share some recent media coverage. We try to follow all media mentions of camps accredited by ACA New England; so please let us know and share the links. 

What are campers today eating in today’s foodie culture? Summer camps focus on healthy eating as life lesson. Quoted in this recent Boston Globe article by Jaclyn Reiss, who writes frequently about agriculture, are ACA New England Board Member Betsy Kelder, Director of  Belmont Day School Summer Camp(ACA Accredited) and ACA New England staff member Lucy Norvell.  

Now it is not uncommon to see camp mess halls sporting salad bars and grease-free breakfast buffets, and offering cooking lessons that incorporate fresh, low-calorie ingredients, Norvell said. According to Betsy,“Our chef is passionate about food and healthy fresh local food, so this really started to spread the word and help kids understand how to prepare and eat healthy food.” 

Is today’s hyper-connected world influencing camp technology policies and practices? In Greetings from tech-free camp “Summer camps are discovering that they’re the last place in America where technology is not welcome.” Campers like being cellphone free at camp--once they adjust. Experienced professionals note campers today are having more difficulty adjusting. Marcy Kornreich of ACA Accredited Young Judea (Amherst, NH) and Peter Kassen of ACA Accredited Hidden Valley Camp (Freedom, ME) are quoted and agree that children these days are struggling more with “digital detox.”Alexis Aggouras, a camper from ACA Accredited Metropolis of Boston Camp (Contoocook, NH) “admitted, however, that she liked being cellphone free, that ‘there was less drama.’ Her mother likes it too, noting that her daughter was more active when she was free from uninterrupted technology, which is part of the reason she went to camp in the first place.”

In Pepperell, they have  mountains of camp laundry to climb outlines the economic impact of one camp on a local business in New Hampshire,  featuring ACA Accredited Camp Tevya  (Brookline, NH)   

ABC News featured a story on Seeds of Peace Camp (Otisfield, ME) and the camp's program that brings together teens of different cultures to foster dialogue and equips new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace. Find the full story here.

"Even years later, campers like Epstein say they feel the impact of their experience gently nudging them to consider their words, to have compassion and always, always to aim for peace."

ACA New England's Executive Director, Bette Bussel is quoted in a story about the economic impact of the summer camp industry in NH. The story was featured in Business NH Magazine as well as on New Hampshire Public Radio. Read the whole story here: "S'more Than Tradition: Summer Camps Bring Big Dollars to the Granite State." The article also mentions ACA Accredited Camp Coniston.  

 Open Hearts Summer Camp (Barrington, MA) was featured in The Boston Globe for being a "summertime retreat for children, a hidden jewel tucked into the Berkshires where for more than 50 years the scars of young heart surgery survivors have faded into the verdant beauty of this valley." 

 SouthCoastToday highlights Daniella Garran's book about summers spent away from home at Cape Cod Sea Camps (Brewster, MA). Full story here. 

 Seacoast Online ran a story about the nursing staff at Camp Allen (Bedford, NH) and their role in the camp's "Special Summer Camp for Special Needs"  

 WCSH 6 in Portland, ME featured Camp Sunshine (Casco, ME), which offers a summer getaway for kids living with life threatening illness. The camp's founder, Anna Gould, is also our honoree for this year's Camp Champions Celebration. To see the whole story, click here.

 Marcy and Ken Kornreich at Camp Young Judea (Amherst, NH) were the subject of an article (shown right) in the Jewish Journal, celebrating their time at camp and their marriage, which started at camp!

Camp Nashoba North (Raymond, ME) tells local media how campers deal with rainy days in this article on the website of Portland’s ABC station, Channel 8. 

"Always with an eye to the sky, summer campers are tending to their activities regardless of the weather. Whether it be rain or shine, campers at Camp Nashoba North on Raymond’s Crescent Lake adapt to the weather as it changes."

Summer Fenn (Concord, MA) is highlighted in this article for their arts program that connects campers to a local artist. "The week-long program runs the week of July 21-25 and teaches students a variety of college level techniques in working with fused glass." 

Chirs Thurber of YMCA Camp Belknap (Mirror Lake, NH) is interviewed in this NPR report on the benefits of summer camp. 

Girl Scouts of Maine Alum, Heather Fish, writes about some of the many benefits of summer camp in her article featured on Child Trends.

"Not only is camp fun and exciting, attending camp has been shown to have positive impacts on youth, both mentally and physically."

Click here to read the whole story. 

Both ACA Accredited Camp Hawkeye (Moultonborough, New Hampshire) and ACA Accredited Farm & Wilderness Camps (Plymouth, VT) are mentioned in an article focused on socially conscious summer camp programs. 

"Summer camps used to be an excuse for parents to ship kids off for a few weeks of child-free tranquillity. Now the harmony is likely to come after kids return home, as more camps are churning out pint-size peace activists one week at a time. A new kind of sleepaway camp is applying the friendship bracelets and s’mores treatment to social causes. It’s not all sitting around singing “Kumbaya” either. Across the country this summer, kids are diving with sharks, learning sustainable farming practices, or railing against the patriarchy one rock anthem at a time."

Full story here

And another article focused on sustainability and social consciousness taught at camp brings us to the new bee hives at ACA Accredited 4-H Camp Farley (Mashpee, MA). A honey bee observation post not only to adds a unique feature to camp, it also  teaches campers about the importance of pollinators - an environmental science lesson. 

"The insects are living in a beehive constructed by Michael Campbell, executive director of the camp on the western shore of Mashpee Pond off Route 130. A protective shed and observation post allows campers and counselors to safely view the hive from behind a window while Campbell shows off the bees and their honey-making progress."

Click here to read the full story and see a video of the bees in action! 

Photo Credit: ACA Accredited Camp Laurel (top) and Farm & Wilderness Camp