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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Press Release: Camp Kindness Day to Be Celebrated by US Camps on July 24, 2018


The American Camp Association® (ACA), in partnership with KindnessEvolution, is proud to announce Camp Kindness Day, a special day celebrating the practice of intentional kindness that already happens daily each summer at camps.  

On Tuesday, July 24, camps across the country will incorporate themes of kindness into their programming, underscoring the important work summer camps do to teach kindness and empathy to children, impacting their lives long after summer camp ends. 

Some of the activities camps will do to recognize Camp Kindness Day include camper and staff appreciation events, programming around kindness, letters of appreciation to people at camp, as well as community volunteerism for the homeless, hospitalized, and members of the military.

The American Camp Association and KindnessEvolution are taking a stand for a positive shift in our nation. Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will showcase the commitment of the camp community to foster the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity, and care.  Follow what camps will be doing for this special day on social media #CampKindnessDay.

For more information:
Jonathon House
Communications Manager
American Camp Association, New England
80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA  02421


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Maine Summer Camps shows the 'camp of old' endures

Posted  | by Jonathon House |

The more things change, the more they stay the same—that famous quip seems to define the summer camp experience. This was expounded up recently in a great article by Maine Summer Camps recently that looked at a few older camps in the Pine Tree State. While technology and modern advancements have influenced camp life in both form and execution, old-familiars still rule the roost.    

At the all-girls Camp Wyonegonic, owner and operator Carol Sudduth told the writer that one of the camp's biggest selling points is their "no phones policy" and that "group living skills, the ability to share, respecting and appreciating individual differences, and making friends are all key elements of the camp experience, she says. And while the world is changing, Sudduth says that, as a camp, Wyonegonic is committed to holding onto its primary values." Suddoth also told Maine Summer Camps: 

"Women write to say that camp taught them independence, decision-making, and respect for differences. Maybe those things happen at other places,but they certainly do happen at camp.”

Meanwhile, the all-boys Camp Timanous takes a similar approach. Camp Directors Dave and Linda Suitor say that they use technology to allow parents to follow campers via "websites and blogs" (the more things change) while still affirming that campers are not allowed phones (the more things stay the same).  Dave Suitor told Maine Summer Camps that "The idea that we’re sort of maintaining our roots is important to us. The things we were doing 100 years ago are more relevant than ever."

A third camp group highlighted in the article was the all-girls Wohelo Camps. Of owner and operator Louise Gulick Van Winkle, the article quoted her as saying: 

Camp traditions have endured, she says, even when they thought “kids are not going to stand for this. They wanted things just the same.”

The article closes with a word from Jean McMullan, former camp director for Alford Lake Camp in Hope.  It says:

Kids “need love and safety and backing.” Maine’s camp professionals know that will never change.

  If you missed the link above, you can give the article a read at 

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'Save the Dates' for our 2018 Fall Professional Development Series

Posted  | by Jonathon House |

Our upcoming events take place on September 13, October 09, and October 26.

To learn more, check out Education and Professional Development.  The Camp Director Round Table Series, designed for Camp Directors with more than 6 years experience, can sign up here.  

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Salvo


Save the date for ACA New England’s Fall 2018 Events!

*NEW* Cape Cod Camp Tours – Thurs., September 13

Pricing TBD. Registration opens in July. A minimum of 20 participants required for tour to run.

Looking for a reason to visit beautiful Cape Cod that you can also call work? Or, looking to get ideas or inspiration from other camps? If so, this day of touring three varied properties on Cape Cod: Camp Burgess & Hayward, Camp Wingate*Kirkland, and Cape Cod Sea Camps with ACA, New England and your camp colleagues might be just the thing for you!


Marketing Deep Dive – Fall Seminar – Fri., October 26

Location, pricing and exact timing TBD. Registration opens in July.

Building experiences that connect consumers to stories, products and movements that resonate, building reverence, and inspiring action.

Join Kelley Freridge, Marketing Director at the Gluten Free Bar (GFB) and American Camp Association Board member, for a day of learning, discussing, and diving deep into your camp brand and marketing strategies to help take your camp to the next level. The seminar takes place on October 26.


Camp Director Round Table Series – Monthly, Tues., October 9 – May 14, 2019

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 2nd Tues. of the month, Lexington, MA. $325/member; $375/non-member. A minimum of 15 participants is required for the series to be offered.

Come to the table with other seasoned camp directors (6+ years of camp administrative experience required) and well-known camp consultant and advocate Bob Ditter for monthly peer driven discussions on issues of common concern such as parent, staffing, camper, and marketing issues. As facilitator, Bob’s role will be to guide the discussion, provide observations, and offer additional resources to participants. The group will meet monthly at the ACA, New England offices in Lexington, MA, starting on October 9. Space is limited, so register today!

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2018 Summer Airport Parking Information for Accredited Camps


Yesterday, ACA New England sent out an e-mail with updated information about airport parking  on pickup and drop off days for Boston, Portland, and Manchester in 2018. If you have misplaced your e-mail or have questions, please contact

Thank you everything you do in camping. We wish you all the best this summer. And as always, should you have questions, information, requests, etc. regarding airport parking or anything at all, please know we're here for you. 

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