Grab your hot dogs and marshmallows — National Camp Day falls on November 19. Whether it was band camp, church camp, summer camp, or something else, it’s likely you have fond memories of your experiences there. You’re not alone. According to a survey by the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery, 96 percent of campers make new friends at summer camp and 70 percent gain self-confidence during a camp experience. Considering that summer camp is often the source of some of our happiest memories, there’s no better reason to celebrate.
National Camp Day - History
The “Essence of Camping” statue was built to recognize and continue the camp experience legacy. The statue stands in front of the ACA National Office in Martinsville, Indiana.
Girl Scouts unite!
The first Girl Scout camp was held in Savannah, Georgia.
Boy Scouts of America and Camp Fire USA were founded.
National Camp Day Activities
1. Sign up your kids
Camp can have a profound and lasting impact on kids — which is why you can celebrate National Camp Day by signing your children up for their favorite summer/church/band camp! They’ll have the time of their lives, and you’ll have some much-needed relaxation time.
2. Go back to camp
Did you know they have adult summer camps? That’s right - no kids allowed. Check out Camp No Counselors (as seen on Shark Tank) and other grown-up camps to unleash your inner kid.
3. Support the cause
Your camp days may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help someone else make their camp dreams come true. Donate money to a boy or girl you know who would love the camp experience. You can also donate to your favorite summer/sleepaway camp, or support a camping organization like the American Camp Association.
3 Weird Facts About Summer Camp
1. Cupcake, Olive, Cherry, Crackers, Chocolate Chips, Beans, Sugar, Raisin Bread
That’s the combination of ingredients one summer camper ate on a dare (we all have our regrets).
2. Camp is no longer “normal”
Circus Arts Camp, Hollywood Stunt Camp, Wizards & Warriors Camp, RPG Video Game Camp — there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
3. Your favorite celebs went to summer camp
Adam Levine, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, and Jonah Hill all either worked at or went to summer camp.
Why We Love National Camp Day
A. You create lasting memories
Campouts, counselors, camp food, making s’mores, dancing, singing, lighting fires, playing games, exploring the great outdoors — the list goes on. Whatever camp you join, you’re sure to have an awesome time and make a ton of great memories in the process.
B. You often become a better person
Did you know Whoopi Goldberg went to summer camp when she was a kid? She says she learned that we are all equal and that we all have something to offer. She also says camp gave her the confidence to speak to people, look people in the eye, and truly listen to them.
C. Camp doesn’t have to be expensive
Did you know 93 percent of ACA-accredited camps offer scholarship assistance? There really is a camp out there for every budget. And by reaching out for information now, you’ll more likely be able to visit the camp of your dreams.