Summer camp experiences have the power to transform people’s lives. Right now. This summer. One camper at a time. Summer camp experiences are changing the world.

Camps that serve special populations and specific groups each strive to create a camp culture that reflects a vital vision, a momentous mission or a precise philosophy—often all three. Four ACA Accredited camps in New England were featured by the media recently. Four camps. Three states. Four unique missions. This collection of stories focus on only four of the nearly 400 ACA Accredited day and overnight camps in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI & VT.  Each piece reflects a distinctive learning environment created exclusively for the benefit of campers.

Reading about these four camps, just imagine the collective impact of 400. We are proud of and amazed by the influence of ACA Accredited camps in New England.

Peace Camp in US Unites Israeli, Palestinian Teens (Associated Press, ABC News 7/29/14)

Seeds of Peace International Camp, Otisfield, Maine: Empowering New Generations of Leaders. Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peace-building by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at their International Camp in Maine

Special summer camp for special needs (Seacoast Online 7/27/14)

Camp Allen, Bedford, New Hampshire: Discovering abilities since 1931. Campers are encouraged to make new friends, sing, create, discover and learn. Every minute of every day at Camp Allen. A ratio of 1:2 with 1:1 available allows those campers who may not be able to attend other camps due to age, ability, accessibility or behavioral needs to come to a camp where all are welcome!

Open Hearts Camp is a retreat for little survivors (Boston Globe 7/19/14)

The Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp, Great Barrington, Massachusetts: A place where young heart patients enjoy nature, sports, and recreation that is accessible to all children who wish to come regardless of financial circumstance. The Madden Open Hearts Camp (M.O.H.C.) is a non-profit, residential summer camp for children and teenagers, ages 8-16, who have undergone and recovered from open heart surgery or a heart transplant.

Camp Sunshine (WCSH 6 Portland 7/10/14)

Camp Sunshine, Casco, Maine: A retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Anna Gould, Camp Philanthropist and Co-Founder of Camp Sunshine is the 2014 ACA New England Camp Champions Honoree.

 Photo credit: Top left, ACA Accredited Camp Sunshine, Casco, ME