ACA to Launch Training for Camps Serving Youth With Chronic Illness
The American Camp Association announced the addition of a new Medically Focused Camp Programs Track at its National Conference, Feb. 9 to 12, 2016 in Atlanta. Campers living with serious and chronic illness have the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones, experience the wonders of camp and thrive. The new track, made possible through a gift from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, will address a range of issues, needs and strategies for professionals working with medically focused camp programs.
Camps that welcome campers with health and medical issues require specific, tailored training to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) and SeriousFun Children's Network will work in collaboration with ACA to develop the content of the Medically Focused Camp Programs Track.
The annual ACA National Conference attracts more than 1,200 camp and youth development professionals and features daily keynote lectures and 150 breakout sessions divided into nine program tracks. Registration is open to youth development and camp professionals, educators, students and volunteers.
For more information, visit www.acacamps.org.