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The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey (ACA, NY and NJ) is a not for profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience. Because of camp, children and adults have the opportunity to learn important lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy life lessons that can’t be learned anywhere else. ACA, NY and NJ's operation falls into three overall program areas; accreditation, camper placement and professional development.


ACA, New York and New Jersey accredits summer camps based upon 300 health, safety and program standards. ACA Accreditation is a nationwide program and is the only nationwide camp accreditation in the country. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at your child’s camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.

Camper Placement

ACA, New York and New Jersey’s camper placement experts help families find positive, developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Whether you are searching for a day camp or resident camp, ACA, New York and New Jersey can help your family find the camp that is right for you. ACA, New York and New Jersey works with accredited day camps throughout New York and New Jersey.  ACA, New York and New Jersey also works with accredited resident camps in the Poconos and New England in addition to New York and New Jersey based resident camps.

Professional Development

ACA, New York and New Jersey offers a wide variety of professional development experiences to help camp directors and staff improve the camp experience. Professional development opportunities range from our four day, three thousand attendee, Tri-State Camp Conference to smaller conferences, e-learning and customized in service trainings.  ACA, New York and New Jersey trainings help camp professionals stay life-long learners and run better camp programs.