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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"Here in Hanover" profile of Posie Taylor

Posted  | by Jonathon House |

The front page of Posie Taylor's profile, featured in "Here in Hanover" for the Summer 2018 issue.

Starting from the shore of Lake Fairlee and finishing as a camp icon, New England-area magazine "Here in Hanover" examined the life of a camp legend Posie Taylor in a recent profile. An American Camp Association New England Presidential Honor award recipient, she spent several stints on the ACA New England Board of Directors and served as the Aloha Foundation's Executive Director for 17 years. 

The article covers her lifetime of service, career with the Aloha Foundation, and philosophy toward the camp experience—which she summed up as "Camp is a time and place for social learning and self-discovery." 

Bette Bussel, ACA New England's Executive Director, said in the article that "her work for the benefit of camps and ACA New England has had a profound impact on the camping movement." The article was written by Pam Podger and can be found on page 56. 

“Camp is a time and place for social learning and self-discovery.”

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The Countdown is On to #CampKindnessDay


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Camp Kindness Day — July 24, 2018

On July 24 2018, the camp community will be able to participate in Camp Kindness Day – a new event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps.  This is our opportunity to demonstrate to the world the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.

ACA is working in cooperation with KindnessEvolution to take a stand for a positive shift in our nation. Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will help showcase the commitment of the camp community to fostering the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity and care and integrating those values more fully into every aspect of our society.  These values are already part of the fabric of the camp experience.  We share the mission for our youth to be nurtured, taught, supported and inspired to grow into our new generation of kind, compassionate, socially-minded, community-oriented citizens.  

Camp Kindness Day will allow camps to incorporate into their July 24 programming fun theme-based activities and cooperative games, cool projects and memorable moments which will celebrate the value and impact of kindness.

For more information and resources to help you get your camp involved: #CampKindnessDay page.

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It's Still On! - 2018 New England Camp Conference


**While snow is in the forecast for early Thursday, the 2018 New England Camp Conference is STILL ON, March 8 - 10, 2018! Check-in/registration will be open all day, so travel safely and we will see you in Manchester!**

We will accept walk-in registrations all three days of the conference. To save time in the morning, feel free to print and fill out this on-site registration form and bring it with you!

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2018 Camp Conference registration is open!


ACA New England Camp Conference registration is open! 

It's here! Time to spring forward and reserve your spot at the ACA New England Spring Conference, Thursday, March 8 - Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH! 

Register between now and February 1, 2018 to receive the Early Bird rate.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to cut down on costs and ensure your place at the 2018 Annual Spring ConferenceWe look forward to seeing you there!

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Submit Your Conference Session Proposal!


We are now taking conference session proposals!

ACA New England is currently accepting proposals from speakers for our 97th Annual Conference on March 8-10, 2018 in Manchester, NH.

Conference attendees are camp professionals and staff who come together to network, gain new skills and share best practices. Submit your proposal today!


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