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 & NJ is proud to have a diverse community of Member camps and Accredited camps including nonprofit and private organizations, day and resident camps, parks and recreation programs, specialty camps, programs serving children with special needs, youth development organizations, as well as independent and private school programs. In addition to the various types of camps we work with, our membership is comprised of camp directors, teachers, coaches, social workers, and other professionals working in the youth development industry. ACA, NY and NJ's operation falls into three overall program areas; accreditation, camper placement and professional development.
ACA, NY and NJ 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.
ACA, NY and NJ's camper placement experts help families find positive, developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Whether you are searching for a day camp or resident camp, ACA, NY and NJ can help your family find the camp that is right for you. ACA, NY and NJ works with accredited day camps throughout New York and New Jersey. ACA, NY and NJ also works with accredited resident camps in the Poconos and New England in addition to New York and New Jersey based resident camps.
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.