State News - Sept



The Maine Summer Camps 9th annual camp fair will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the East End Community School, 195 North Street, Portland, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Overnight camps, trip camps and day camps will be included. This is a unique opportunity for families to meet with camp directors from more than 70 Maine camps. Approximately 700 people attended the fair. This is the only major camp fair that is held in Southern Maine. Once again, we will have at least one food truck (Ziggy’s) at the camp fair. Learn more. 


MCA continues to work diligently on legislative issues around Title 5, camp regulations and the pool regulations. There is still much discussion to be had. MCA Fall workshop date will be determined within the next week and we will let all our members know via email when and where. Stay tuned!

New Hampshire

Register for the NHCDA Fall Conference

2017 NHCamps Fall Conference
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

At Camp Brookwoods - 34 Camp Brookwoods Road, Alton, NH 03809

Only $10 for up to 4 staff members of the same camp.
$5 for each additional staff member.

Morning refreshments and a delicious lunch is included.

The NH Camps Fall Conference provides our camps with a forum for updates about state policies and issues, the exchange of experience and ideas, and networking opportunities with neighboring camps. Our 2017 conference schedule is heavy on the networking and provides plenty of time for conversation and gathering with colleagues and friends.

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Standards and Accreditation News - Sept


Are you in need of First Aid / CPR training for your staff? 

ACA New England can help certify your staff! We can currently offer classes for 10 people or less. Classes can be held at our office in Lexington, or a nearby location. Contact Elizabeth for details and prices.


Our Standards Visitors were extremely busy in Summer 2017. We cannot thank this amazing group of volunteers enough. Check our list for colleagues and friends and please help us say THANKS! 

Standards Courses

Are you being visited this summer? All camps are required to attend a Standards Course or Standards Update Course. The schedule of courses for the 2017-2018 is NOW available on our Professional Calendar! More courses are being added daily.  

Have you ever thought of becoming a Visitor? 

This is your chance! ACA New England’s next visitor course will be held this fall. More details to be posted on the professional calendar in upcoming weeks.. 


In the fall of 2015, there was a great deal of information in regard to several key, operational changes to the ACA Accreditation Program. These changes include a change in the years between Accreditation site visit years and shifting to continual compliance with the standards through the completion of an Annual Accreditation Report in nonvisit years. 

We have been working with camps each summer to incrementally move camps from a three year cycles to a 5 year cycle.

In the upcoming weeks, All camps scheduled to have a site visit in 2018 will be contacted with more information in regard to your visit. Most camps will have their site visit as scheduled, while a few randomly selected camps will have their site visit postponed one or two years.   

All eligible camps will eventually move to a five-year visit cycle. The implementation will take place in phases. In New England, the implementation process of the new Accreditation Cycle will take three to five years. Camps scheduled to have their site visit in 2019 will be contacted in in the fall of 2018. Learn more regarding the operational change to ACA Accreditation.

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In Search of Summer Camp Photography!


ACA New England is on the lookout for new photos that highlight how awesome summer camp is here in New England!

We are looking for images to spread the word about summer camp through:

  • Social Media
  • The Annual New England Summer Camp Guide
  • ACA New England's Website
  • News Articles
  • Email Marketing
  • and More!

Any time we use a photo or video we give credit to the camp through a direct link or tag on social media. It's GREAT exposure for your camp!

Please contact Danielle, our Communications Coordinator, to submit photos. We recommend using a file transfer program such as Wetransfer or Dropbox if you have several images! Along with your media, please include a signed copy of our Media Release.

Thank you so much and we hope all of you are having a great summer! 


Photos courtesy of:  Aloha Camp,  Beaver Summer Camp, Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, Chewonki, Camp Howe, Laurel South, Camp Micah.

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National Legislation Approved


March 22, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee today approved three bills to protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation. These bills ensure youth-serving organizations have access to background checks for prospective staff and volunteers, investigators have efficient access to critical evidence needed to stop child predators, and reauthorize and improve critical programs to track sex offenders.

The Committee approved the Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 (H.R. 695), introduced by Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), by voice vote. This bill ensures that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database. Currently, many youth-serving organizations only have access to state-level background check systems. ACA was a lead partner on pushing this Act forward. 

“As a father of three, I know there is nothing more important than our children’s safety,” said Representative Bishop. “When they participate in camps and afterschool activities, parents deserve to have full peace of mind that their kids are in good hands." Shockingly enough, youth-serving organizations in many states currently cannot get FBI background checks for prospective staff and volunteers.

“The bipartisan Child Protection Improvements Act addresses gaps in the system to change that,” added Representative Bishop. “The FBI database is the most efficient way to crosscheck potential hires across state lines, and improving access to this gold-standard resource will significantly improve our children’s safety away from home." 

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Standards and Accreditation News - March


ACA New England needs YOU as a visitor! Join us for our next Associate Visitor Course. This course is a blended learning course with the first portion completed online followed by a one day intensive hands on training.

Registration Deadline is March 27th, 2017.

Participants MUST complete online portion prior to the start of course (No later then April 1st).

Event Organizer/Sponsor: ACA New England

When: April 7, 2017 from 8:30am - 6:30pm (RSVP required)

Where: Camp Cedar Hill
Waltham, Massachusetts

Cost: $25

Click here to register

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In Memory - Edith Middleton


ACA member Edith Middleton died on January 21, 2017. She was born on May 6, 1932. Edith was involved in the Evergreen and New England local areas. She was as a delegate to the Council of Delegate and legislative chair, in the ACA accreditation program as standards visitor and instructor, and she was an ACA Acorn Society member. She attended and then went on to become the owner and director of Waukeela Camp for Girls in Eaton Center, New Hampshire. Over the years, she was also involved with Camp Rainbow Gold in Idaho and YMCA Camp Bishop in Washington.

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State News - March


As a reminder State Associations will be meeting at this year's ACA New England Annual Conference on Saturday, April 1st. Maine will be meeting at 7:45amConnecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are meeting at 8am. Please make sure to check your conference book for the location. 

Maine -

Maine is offering two workshops on April 25th in conjunction with the SYSCO Food Show at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

Trip Leaders Workshop
Tentative presenters includes: Maine Huts and Trails, Maine AMC, NH White Mountain Forest, NH AMC, and Acadia National Park.

Leveraging Social Media and Paid Ads to your Advantage
Presented by Dream Local Digital. 

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