“In the 1870s and 1880s, the first summer camps promised boys a chance to escape increasingly urban modern life. Roughing it would build character, and, as one early camp founder put it, save humanity from “dying of indoor-ness.”
In 1900 there were fewer than one hundred camps in the US. By 1918, there were more than 1,000.” (Gershon)
The Gunnery Camp, a former program of The Gunnery, considered to be the first American summer camp, is held in Connecticut.
CDAA is founded
The Camp Directors’ Association of America (CDAA) is founded.
Dr. Luther Gulick founds the National Association of Directors of Girls’ Camps (NADGC).
John B. May
John B. May is elected as the first president of the New England Section of the NADGC.
The First Annual Convention
The first annual convention (now the New England Camp Conference) is held by the New England Section of the NADGC.
CDAA and NADGC Merge to Become the CDA
CDAA and NADGC merge to become the Camp Directors’ Association (CDA) on March 14 at hotel Penn in New York City. The New England Section territories of the CDAA and NADGC were combined.
National Office of CDA Opens
The national office of CDA opens at 11 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.
CDA Changes its Name to CDAA
CDA changes its name to Camp Directors’ Association of America (CDAA)
Commercial Exhibits (now New England CampEXPO) added to the New England Camp Conference.
New England Leaves CDAA and forms New England Camp Directors Association with HW Gibson as President and Eliz. Carelton as Secretary.
CDAA changes its name to ACA
CDAA changes its name again, to become the American Camping Association, Inc. (ACA) This name would not change again until 2004.
New England Camp Directors Association returns as a Section of ACA.
New England Section Members Send Representatives to Washington D.C
New England Section members send representatives to Washington D.C. to arrange war-time transportation of campers. Members voiced the need for a full-time person and office to plan the annual convention.
Mrs. Ruth H. Griffin is Appointed Executive Secretary
New England Section appoints Mrs. Ruth H. Griffin Executive Secretary for 3 Months and opens office on December 1 at 14 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.
Marjorie S. Conzleman is Hired as Executive Secretary
New England Section hires Marjorie S. Conzleman as Executive Secretary. The office began offering assistance and education to those seeking camps for their children.
Incorporated as NECA
The New England Section of ACA is officially incorporated as New England Camping Association, Inc. (NECA).
Barbara Learoyd Becomes Executive Secretary
Barbara Learoyd takes over as Executive Secretary on May 1st.
NECA conducts ‘Camper Census’
NECA conducts ‘Camper Census’ – 65,000-75,000 campers are served by NECA camps. 250,000 attend camps in New England.
The National Office of ACA Moves to Martinsville, Indiana
The national office of ACA moves to Martinsville, Indiana – where it remains today.
NECA Offices move to 110 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.
Velma Stone as Executive Secretary
Velma Stone takes over as Executive Secretary.
NECA Moves to Boston
NECA Offices move to 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.
Terry Phinney Becomes Executive ‘Director’
Terry Phinney takes over as Executive ‘Director’.
NECA Offices move to 687 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
NECA Offices Move
May 15, NECA Offices move to 29 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.
Though still incorporated as NECA, people began referring to the organization as the American Camping Association, New England Section (ACA/NES).
ACA/NES Moves to Waltham
ACA/NES offices move to 643 Moody Street, Waltham, MA.
$1.3 Million Donated for the Phinney Wing
ACA members donate $1.3 million to fund an addition, the Phinney Wing, to the ACA National Office in Indiana to honor ACA/NES Executive Director Theresa (Terry) Phinney.
Bette Bussel Becomes Executive Director
Bette Bussel takes over as Executive Director.
ACA/NES Offices Move to Natick
ACA/NES offices move to 214 North Main Street, Suite #104, Natick, MA.
Now Known as American Camp Association
The American Camping Association changed its name to American Camp Association to clarify the mission and purpose of the organization.
ACA/NES becomes known as American Camping Association of New England (ACANE).
Officially Named ACA, New England
Though still incorporated as NECA, “ACANE” officially begins doing business as American Camp Association, New England. (ACA, New England or ACA, NE)
ACA, New England launched its first capital campaign to raise funds for new office space to meet the growing needs of its service area.
ACA, New England Offices Move to Lexington, MA
After a successful capital campaign, ACA, New England moved its offices to 80 Westview Street, Lexington, MA.