ACA, New England Fund for the Future

In Honor of Bette Bussel

The ACA, New England Board of Directors has formed a “Road to 100 Committee”

The goal?  Raise $100,000 by the 100th New England conference in March 2022.

Since 1865, summer camp has provided outstanding development and learning opportunities for children and young adults, and it all got started here in of New England. For the majority of that time, ACA, New England has been there for camps, professionals, and families to ensure quality camp experiences are operated and staffed by highly-trained camp personnel. Through offering workshops, developing resources, hosting conferences, and facilitating connections, ACA, New England continues to shape the future of camping through supporting strong, professional camp counselors and leaders.

In 2020, we said farewell to long-time ACA, New England Executive Director Bette Bussel, as she retired after 30 years at the helm. Circumstances have prevented us from truly honoring Bette until now. Members of ACA, New England feel strongly that Bette be honored with a proper send-off and enduring recognition for her commitment to camping. Our members also strongly believe that we stay committed to planning and preparing for the future, just as Bette was.

2022 marks the 100th New England Camp Conference, one of our most important annual events. The Conference brings nearly one-thousand attendees, speakers, industry experts, and future camp leaders to New England for three days of learning and networking.

With this is mind and to address some of the greatest needs facing camps, we are pleased to announce the creation of the ACA, New England Fund for the Future: in Honor of Bette Bussel. This fund will focus on issues dear to Bette and integral to the sustainability of camp including:

  • Leadership education and opportunities
  • Staff development and training
  • Marketing a positive message about the benefits of camp on campers, families and staff. for the industry

 


Support the Fund for the Future

 

For pledged donations or  to establish a recurring gift, please complete the fillable form above, send the completed form to camp@acanewengland.org and contact the New England office at 781-541-6080 or email to schedule a time to connect for payment.


Why Give?

 


Since 1861, New England camps have been summer homes to thousands of children, families and young adults. Supporting the Fund for the Future ensures consistent educational opportunities for professionals and better camping for all.

Timeline

1861
1861

The Gunnery

Gunnery Camp

The Gunnery Camp, a former program of The Frederick Gunn School, considered to be the first American summer camp, is held in Connecticut.

1922
1922

The First Annual Convention

The first annual convention (now the New England Camp Conference) is held by the New England Section of the NADGC.

1935
1935

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.
1945
1945

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.

1946
1946

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.

1947
1947

Marjorie S. Conzleman is Hired as Executive Secretary

Marjorie S. Conzelman

New England Section hires Marjorie S. Conzleman as Executive Secretary. The office began offering assistance and education to those seeking camps for their children.

1949
1949

Incorporated as NECA

The New England Section of ACA is officially incorporated as New England Camping Association, Inc. (NECA).

1952
1952

Barbara Learoyd Becomes Executive Secretary

Barbra Learoyd

Barbara Learoyd takes over as Executive Secretary on May 1st.

1954
1954

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.

1955
1955

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.
1959
1959

Velma Stone as Executive Secretary

Velma Stone

Velma Stone takes over as Executive Secretary.

1963
1963

NECA Moves to Boston

NECA Offices move to 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

1966
1966

Terry Phinney Becomes Executive ‘Director’

Terry Phinney
  • Terry Phinney takes over as Executive ‘Director’.
  • NECA Offices move to 687 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
1967
1967

NECA Offices Move

May 15, NECA Offices move to 29 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

1980
1980

ACA/NES

Though still incorporated as NECA, people began referring to the organization as the American Camping Association, New England Section (ACA/NES).

1982
1982

ACA/NES Moves to Waltham

ACA/NES offices move to 643 Moody Street, Waltham, MA.

1986
1986

$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.

1990
1990

Bette Bussel Becomes Executive Director

Bette Bussel takes over as Executive Director.

1995
1995

ACA/NES Offices Move to Natick

ACA/NES offices move to 214 North Main Street, Suite #104, Natick, MA.

2004
2004

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).
2005
2005

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.
2006
2006

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.



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