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American Camp Association - Illinois

American Camp Association - Illinois The American Camp Association (ACA) is a private, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of summer camp experiences for children.

The Illinois section represents a large network of camp professionals with over 250 members representing over 100 affiliated camps. The programs and services of the Illinois office are aimed at responding to the particular needs of the region while at the same time, adhering to ACA’s national agenda.

Operating as usual

Are you registered for our exclusive, 2-day Executive Seminar with Lee Cockerell?!We're counting down the days until Nov...
09/23/2022

Are you registered for our exclusive, 2-day Executive Seminar with Lee Cockerell?!

We're counting down the days until November 10th & 11th when we can learn more about the Disney Parks & Resorts Service Model, practical leadership strategies, and effective career advancement practices that Lee has established throughout his career.

Spaces are filling quick, so register today at:https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4957018
#leecockerell
#practicalleadershipstrategies
#effectivecareeradvancement #camppros

Are you registered yet for our DEI Book Club? We're reading "Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Kno...
09/14/2022

Are you registered yet for our DEI Book Club? We're reading "Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture" by Lee Airton, PhD.

We've got flexible scheduling for the Book Club, and the best part is there's no commuting because it's all online! Register or find out more about the book at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4887980.

To all our members, supporters, friends, and leaders of ACA Illinois: We invite you to join us for our first quarterly m...
09/09/2022

To all our members, supporters, friends, and leaders of ACA Illinois: We invite you to join us for our first quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 29 @ 10am! We'll be proving you with real time updates on matters important to our local membership and supporters.

Check out the dates and register at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4887779. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

ACA Illinois and the Women In Camp collective is excited to bring you a webinar series that is designed to amplify women...
09/05/2022

ACA Illinois and the Women In Camp collective is excited to bring you a webinar series that is designed to amplify women's voices! Although this series is centered on women, all people are welcome to attend and participate.

Learn more about the webinar series and register today while there's still space at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4910549

09/05/2022
The Great SHERO Luncheon

Today, as we transition back into more pre-pandemic work functions, many of us women camp professionals find ourselves struggling to find meaningful and supportive opportunities to practice and engage in networking with. ACA Illinois and the Women In Camp collective are excited to invite you to (re)connect with other local women camp pros at the first-ever, international Great SHERO Luncheon! To learn more about The Great SHERO Luncheon, head to: https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4829366
#womenincamp #greatsheroluncheon #acaillinois

You worked hard this summer, so let’s get together to celebrate! IN-PERSON, and debrief our summer experiences with othe...
09/01/2022

You worked hard this summer, so let’s get together to celebrate! IN-PERSON, and debrief our summer experiences with others who can relate. Surrounded by your peers we'll share stories, reconnect, seek advice, and more!

Register at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4924654

Hey All: If you haven't had the chance to check out our upcoming fall events, you're missing out! We're excited to be ho...
09/01/2022

Hey All: If you haven't had the chance to check out our upcoming fall events, you're missing out! We're excited to be hosting some amazing IN-PERSON and ONLINE networking and professional development opportunities.

And if that doesn't entice you, be sure to check back regularly because we'll be announcing exclusive events for our Volunteer Visitors and a premier, signature event with a Customer Service and Leadership expert!

You can find out more info or register at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/Calendar

What small or large acts of kindness are you demonstrating today? #CampKindnessDay #campkindnessday2022 #AmericanCampAss...
07/19/2022

What small or large acts of kindness are you demonstrating today? #CampKindnessDay #campkindnessday2022 #AmericanCampAssociation #campchangedmylife ##kindnesscounts

At ACA Illinois we're gearing up for #campkindnessday2022. Tomorrow, Tuesday 7/19 we wanna hear about how YOUR camp comm...
07/19/2022

At ACA Illinois we're gearing up for #campkindnessday2022. Tomorrow, Tuesday 7/19 we wanna hear about how YOUR camp community is participating in Camp Kindness Day – an event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at camp.

Tell us about the 'kind' of awesome work you're doing teaching and bringing awareness of kindness in YOUR camp communities! Tag us in your photos American Camp Association - Illinois!

#CampKindnessDay #campkindnessday2022 #campisawesome #campchangedmylife #AmericanCampAssociation #campisessential

Shout out to our DFI Title XX Program and Camp YouthHope!The mission of YouthHope is that kids and teens learn purpose, ...
06/30/2022
YouthHope’s Camp Summit

Shout out to our DFI Title XX Program and Camp YouthHope!

The mission of YouthHope is that kids and teens learn purpose, build character, and grow in faith. Learn more about YouthHope by checking out this video!

YouthHope's Camp Summit offers QC youth programs that promote amazing, life-changing experiences surrounded by nature, good food, and positive role models while encountering God.

Shout out to Camp Kupagani for sharing their story about the life-changing work they're doing creating a multicultural s...
04/27/2022
Laughing and learning life lessons at Illinois' Camp Kupugani

Shout out to Camp Kupagani for sharing their story about the life-changing work they're doing creating a multicultural space for young people at summer camp!

It was a wish to bring children from various backgrounds and races together. Now that dream is a reality and it's grown into a summer camp packed with fun and life lessons here in Illinois. CBS 2's Jim Williams explains.

Tomorrow is #nationalearthday and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in #nationalearth activities e...
04/22/2022
Earth Day 2022

Tomorrow is #nationalearthday and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in #nationalearth activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. How are helping further climate action across the globe in your daily life?

What could be more representative of "empathy in action" than helping send kids to summer camp? Thank you to all our vol...
04/21/2022

What could be more representative of "empathy in action" than helping send kids to summer camp? Thank you to all our volunteers for all that you do. We appreciate you!
#NationalVolunteerWeek
#empathyinaction #sendkidstocamp
#colunteeringrocks
#campchangedmylife

Friends of ACA Illinois: you don't wanna miss this awesome opportunity! Trivia, prizes, and money for a good cause?! Joi...
04/06/2022

Friends of ACA Illinois: you don't wanna miss this awesome opportunity! Trivia, prizes, and money for a good cause?! Join us on Sunday, 4/24 from 7-9pm for "The S'More You Know: Virtual Trivia Night". https://acai.wildapricot.org/event-4762450

We can't believe it's finally here! #3moredays #annualmeeting2022 #celebratingawardsnight #campisawesome #campchangesliv...
04/05/2022

We can't believe it's finally here! #3moredays #annualmeeting2022 #celebratingawardsnight #campisawesome #campchangeslives #bradmontague

Happy Monday! We've still got some spots open for the super exciting, can't wait to learn about, Brandwein On Training: ...
03/22/2022

Happy Monday! We've still got some spots open for the super exciting, can't wait to learn about, Brandwein On Training: The Step-by-Step System for Planning & Presenting Your Best Staff Training Ever!

For real; you really don't wanna miss the opportunity to learn from Michael some of the best ideas for planning and presenting your staff training. So register today!

03/17/2022

Why join the ACA Illinois Board or one of our several Committees? Brad, one of our awesome board members from Holiday Home Camp, shares his reasons for joining!

03/16/2022

Did you know we're looking for board and committee members for the upcoming year? Check out what our awesome board and committee member, and one of our 2022 award honorees, Laura Harres, has to say about joining!

03/12/2022

Panicking about getting everything ready for staff training this summer? No need; Michael Brandwein's got you!

We're once again looking for skilled and compassionate people who love creating change and building safe spaces for youn...
03/12/2022
ACA Illinois - Board & Committee Application

We're once again looking for skilled and compassionate people who love creating change and building safe spaces for young people through camp!
So if you or a friend is interested in joining one of our committees or boards, complete the application today!

The volunteers and staff of ACA Illinois partner each year to make a truly transformative impact on our state, camps, and the world.

03/11/2022

Are you looking for affordable professional development and networking opportunities? Look no further; our spring events are shaping up to be some of the best ever! Between our new monthly Coffee Conversations, DEI Committee-sponsored Book Club, and Women In Camp Wednesdays, there's something for everyone. Not to mention our big Brandwein On Training multi-day session with Michael Brandwein and Our Collective Impact (and Awards) featuring the inspirational Brad Montague!

Register for all these events and trainings at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/Calendar

“This year we will see our numbers of campers return closer to, if not beyond, pre-pandemic because we also know parents...
03/04/2022
What Will Summer Camps Look Like in 2022? - Chicago Parent

“This year we will see our numbers of campers return closer to, if not beyond, pre-pandemic because we also know parents are hungry for trying to find those social-emotional places for their children this summer,” Colette Marquardt, Executive Director, says.
#summercamp2022 #chicagoparent

Summer camps are back in 2022! But what do they look like for families desperate for a return to a more normal summer?

03/02/2022

Hey Friends of ACA Illinois: We are beyond excited to be celebrating our 2022 Award Honorees in April! Congratulations to these individuals and agencies: we couldn't do what we do without you.
#volunteersarethebest
#congratulationsawardees
#PublicHealthMatters
#CampPros

Every single donation gets doubled during our Celebrate TWOSDAY Campaign through the end of today. Whether you donate $4...
02/22/2022

Every single donation gets doubled during our Celebrate TWOSDAY Campaign through the end of today. Whether you donate $44.44 and get to post a shout-out to your staff on our Aca Illinois accounts, or another amount, your support means the world!!!
https://acai.wildapricot.org/22222

When 100 people donate $22.22 for TWOSDAY, our past and present leadership will MATCH every donation! That means that $2...
02/19/2022

When 100 people donate $22.22 for TWOSDAY, our past and present leadership will MATCH every donation! That means that $2,222 turns into $4,444 to send kids to camp and continue building professional development opportunities for camp pros!
https://acai.wildapricot.org/22222

Hey Friends of ACA IL: celebrate TWOSDAY with us. Double your donation this weekend with a past and present leadership m...
02/19/2022

Hey Friends of ACA IL: celebrate TWOSDAY with us. Double your donation this weekend with a past and present leadership match, and we'll post your video shout-outs to your staff, team, etc. for doing an awesome job!

Donations go directly to campers and camp pros: https://acai.wildapricot.org/22222

Not enough staff? You are not alone! While most of us agree on the many benefits of working at camp, the industry is str...
01/27/2022
Me, Work at Camp? No Way!

Not enough staff? You are not alone! While most of us agree on the many benefits of working at camp, the industry is struggling to find students who are eager, excited, and ready to work. For an honest look at what students are saying about working at camp, check out our blog on #ProjectRealJob and #WorkAtCamp.

During the 2021 ACA National Staffing Summit, five students were selected by their professors to serve on a panel to discuss why they did not want to work at camp. They were chosen because they would be great camp counselors but had said they were not interested. These are their stories . . .

Apachi Day Camps have been a part of the Accreditation scene for awhile now, but this summer we welcomed Apachi Rogers P...
01/13/2022
Apachi Day Camp receives American Camp Association accreditation

Apachi Day Camps have been a part of the Accreditation scene for awhile now, but this summer we welcomed Apachi Rogers Park to the family!

Thanks to Apachi Day Camp and the Daily Herald for highlighting the importance of Accreditation: "With ACA accredited camps, you can have confidence that the program is accountable, credible and committed to your child's wellbeing."

For children, summer is the most anticipated time of year--the warm weather signals school is out and camp is starting soon! As a parent, you want to be certain that the day camp you have chosen for your child is high quality, well-run and meets the highest standards for safety and care. To know whi...

A BIG shout out to all the folks who helped support our 2nd Annual Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser by fundraising, buying...
11/23/2021

A BIG shout out to all the folks who helped support our 2nd Annual Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser by fundraising, buying, or donating directly to the cause!

We'll keep you posted on how much we raised!!!
#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois
#campchangedmylife

Double Good Popcorn tastes delicious, is an awesome holiday gift, and supports a great cause...sending kids to camp!http...
11/22/2021

Double Good Popcorn tastes delicious, is an awesome holiday gift, and supports a great cause...sending kids to camp!

https://popup.doublegood.com/s/p330j1sc
#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois

1 more day to support ACA! 50% of your purchase (100% of our proceeds) goes directly to helping send kids to camp.https:...
11/21/2021

1 more day to support ACA! 50% of your purchase (100% of our proceeds) goes directly to helping send kids to camp.

https://popup.doublegood.com/s/p330j1sc
#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois

Our friend Shauna is rockin' this year's Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser! If you haven't been able to purchase any yet, w...
11/21/2021
Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser

Our friend Shauna is rockin' this year's Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser! If you haven't been able to purchase any yet, we recommend you purchase from Shauna! How could you not want to help her send kids to camp?!?!

https://youtu.be/vJuRvgSKgoU
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#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois
#campchangedmylife

Visit my popup store to purchase popcorn and support ACA Illinois! https://popup.doublegood.com/s/0fq9p43e

If you haven't already, don't forget to purchase your popcorn today, and help ACA Illinois continue providing awesome se...
11/20/2021

If you haven't already, don't forget to purchase your popcorn today, and help ACA Illinois continue providing awesome services and send Illinois kids to camp!

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#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois

And we're LIVE! Help us raise money to send kids to camp and provide resources for camp pros with every purchase.https:/...
11/19/2021

And we're LIVE! Help us raise money to send kids to camp and provide resources for camp pros with every purchase.

https://popup.doublegood.com/s/p330j1sc
#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois

Tomorrow kicks off National Camp Day and what better way to celebrate than joining our fundraising team for our 2nd Annu...
11/18/2021

Tomorrow kicks off National Camp Day and what better way to celebrate than joining our fundraising team for our 2nd Annual Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser?!

Every single person makes a difference in helping us send kids to camp, so join us today! You can register to fundraiser at: https://acai.wildapricot.org/Fundraisers-Page

#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois

Hey FB Friends: this Friday kicks off our 2nd Annual Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser and this year, more than ever, we ne...
11/16/2021

Hey FB Friends: this Friday kicks off our 2nd Annual Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser and this year, more than ever, we need your support!

Like many we've had a tough year, and in order to keep our services going and continue sending kids to camp we need your help with 1) Fundraising, 2) Buying, or 3) Donating with us during this time.

You can find details at https://acai.wildapricot.org/Double-Good-Popcorn-Fundraiser

#sendakidtocamp
#doublegoodpopcornfundraiser
#SupportACAIllinois

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Yesterday we celebrated Camp Kindness Day! To celebrate, campers continued our tradition of making Kindness Rocks which will beautify our camp grounds. Campers also participated in activities that focus on kindness and teamwork. Future Leaders continued to meet with their Pioneer and Kindergarten reading buddies and read books with a focus on kindness this week. We are so happy to spread the theme of kindness throughout our camp community and into the world! #CampKindnessDay #BeKind #KindnessRocks #DDC2022 #Summer2022 American Camp Association American Camp Association - Illinois
Looking for input from camps in Cook County! How are you interpreting the new cook county minimum wage requirements? My board is thinking that residential camp staff is no longer completely exempt as county policy would trump department of labor policy. So we are reading it that come July 1st, resident staff members must be paid 75% of $13.35 for 40 hours which equals $400.50 per week. Is that how everyone is interpreting this? Please send help! Thanks!
Congratulations to Parks and Recreation Leadership alum Mark Feldman for receiving the Emerging Professional Award from the American Camp Association - Illinois! http://www.acail.org/emerging-professional-award.html
Congratulations to Apachi Day Camp for once again receiving American Camp Association - Illinois accreditation. Learn more about the responsible steps Apachi Day Camp has taken to meet the highest standards for the safety and care of its campers.
We're so excited to share that we've once again received American Camp Association - Illinois accreditation. Read on to learn about the responsible steps we've taken to meet the highest standards for safety and care.
I run a one week special need summer camp in Northern Illinois. We were contacted by the Instructors of the Great Lake Naval Traning Center in Illinois. There Instructors are looking for volunteer opportunities to work with children this summer. Due to our Covid Restrictions we had to pass on this offer but if there are any camps in the Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin Area that might be interested, please email me at [email protected]. I will get you in touch with the person who contact us. Thanks.
Chicago Parent Virtual Camp Fair Week 2021 is LIVE! 🙌 Today we’re chatting safety with the American Camp Association - Illinois — and featuring 23 awesome camps. Plus, it’s your first chance to find friendly monster Freddy Freakazoid, who’s hiding in a camp booth. See him? You could score $50! Find camps now: https://www.chicagoparent.com/virtual-camp-fair?utm_source=facebookcampaign
We asked the executive director of American Camp Association - Illinois.
Camp Canadensis has been making #Strides4SCOPE all day long for Camp Kindness Day! We're grateful to their entire camp community for their long-time support through camp initiatives and fun and unique efforts to help SCOPE give the gift of camp. Thank you! #SupportSCOPE #CampKindnessDay American Camp Association American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey American Camp Association New England American Camp Association - Illinois KindEvolution
HAPPY CAMP KINDNESS DAY!!! Today we celebrate the great work camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, and high-impact ways that live on in the lives of campers and staff throughout the year! For some easy and fun gives back ideas to show kindness and your love of sharing summer camp experiences with less fortunate children check out https://scopeusa.org/summer-strides4scope/ #CampKindessDay #SupportSCOPE American Camp Association American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey American Camp Association New England American Camp Association - Illinois KindEvolution
I just read an article outlining Phase 4 guidelines and it said no overnight camps are allowed. Is this the information you have?
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR JULY & OTHER NEWS Timber Pointe's leadership has been engaged, on a national level, with other summer camps and professionals to address the many challenges presented by COVID-19. We are proud to be an accredited camp of the American Camp Association (ACA) and have its Camp Director, Allen McBride sit on the American Camp Association - Illinois Board of Directors. That is why we are encouraged by the link shared below. Our hope in sharing this is to provide a glimpse into what we, and other camp professionals across the US, have been diligently working and striving toward to ensure camps continue to be a fun and safe place that builds meaningful and lifelong connections. Timber Pointe will continue to prepare for camps to begin in July and are awaiting clarification on Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” Plan shared earlier this week. In the meantime, we will continue to collaborate with other camp professionals and health officials to align our policies and procedures with the outline provided by the American Camp Association. Camper registration is open for both Day and Overnight Camps and is subject to change based on which phase McLean County is in, come June 1st. We hope that by reviewing the outline provided by the American Camp Association it will ease concerns you may have when considering sending your child to our camp this summer.
Check out American Camp Association - Illinois's free upcoming webinar! Make sure to register before Monday! COVID-19 Crisis & Fundraising Monday, March 23rd 12pm EST http://www.acail.org/coronavirus.html