Accepting Applications for Board & Committee Members

The American Camp Association, Illinois is a membership and volunteer-driven organization. As a small organization, we thrive and move forward because of the collaboration of committed & active volunteers, members, and staff. The volunteers and staff of ACA Illinois partner each year to make a truly transformative impact on our state, camps, and the world. Annually, this group of remarkable individuals:


  • Lead our organization to send over 4,000 economically disadvantaged young people to camp through our DFI Title XX Camping Services Program.
  • Step-up to respond to the needs of camps and the community during times of adversity and crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • Raise funds to provide young people who need extra support services with camperships and camp experiences. 
  • Facilitate the national Accreditation program to ensure that our member camps have the most up-to-date resources and tools to meet the industry's professional standards for best practices in facilitating camps.
  • Provide our members with a robust catalog of events, networking groups, and training opportunities at subsidized rates. 
    Strengthen relationships with our local and state public officials to ensure camp has a seat at the table. 




Take Action

to Help Us Reach Our Greatest Potential as a Camp Community.

  

People with your unique skills, ideas, experiences, and perspectives are needed to transform the lives of young people. During this pandemic, it has become even more essential that we all work together to advance the camp industry in our state. 


If you have been positively impacted by the work of ACA Illinois, camp, or care deeply for our mission we encourage you to consider applying for one of our committees or boards. Each committee and board has a different focus, set of goals, commitment level, and requirements; however each is a critical part of keeping our organization running. Together we can positively impact the lives of young people, the greater camp community, and ACA Illinois. 


Sustain our mission by volunteering with us today, and experience the professional and personal benefits including: 

  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities with other professionals in the field; 
  • Continue discovering best practices and innovations
  • Strengthen your current professional skills while building upon new skills and experiences to further enhance your resume;
  • Elevate your camp's image and exposure; 
  • Make new friends with awesome people who have similar values, and want to make this world a better place; and 
    Be part of an organization that is renowned world-wide for being innovative, progressive, and committed to putting people first. 



Join Us

and Be Part of This Exceptional Group of Industry Leaders. 

No matter your experience and skills, we are confident there is a place for everyone who is committed to being an active part of advancing the work of ACA Illinois.


Click Here to Complete the Online Application.

Questions about the application? Not sure which committee to apply for? Want to learn more? Email Colette at colette@acail.org and she'll connect you with the committee & board leaders that can best answer your questions.


Board of Directors 

Great for Folks Who:

  • Are committed to being an active member, roll up their sleeves, and work with a dynamic groups of professionals to advance the work of ACA Illinois.
  • Are interested in sharing their talents and gifts in finances, event planning, fundraising, human resources, membership recruitment, and more with the ACA Illinois community.
  • Desire to learn a new skill such as financial management, fundraising, membership recruitment, and more.
  • Get excited at the idea of leading the camp industry. 
  • Want to give back to the camp community and ACA Illinois.

The Board of Directors Will:

  • Meet monthly (virtually for the 2022/2023 year) in the evenings.
  • Work with the ACA Illinois staff, to set and evaluate the annual goals of the organization.
  • Work with members, volunteers, and the community to advance the work of the Association. 
  • Oversee the Fiscal Management and Finances of the organization.
  • Set policies for the organization.
  • Lead and serve on committees of the Board of Directors. 


Each Board Member Will:

  • Be dedicated to creating a more equitable, diverse, and welcoming Association. 
  • Commit to advancing opportunities for economically disadvantaged children through the camp experience. 
  • Volunteer an average of 6-15 hours monthly, year-round. 
  • Attend more than 90% of the scheduled monthly meetings.
  • Provide a financial contribution to the general operating fund on an annual basis.
  • Actively participate in fundraising efforts.
  • Be a current or be willing to become a current member of ACA Illinois.
  • Not be employed or subcontracted by ACA Illinois.
  • Participate on 2-3 committees of ACA Illinois. 
  • Serve as a current Standards Visitor, Instructor, and/or Serves on the Standards Committee. (Can be trained during the first year of their first term.) 

The leadership of the Board: The Board is led by the President who is elected by the membership, in relationship with the Executive Director who is hired by the Board of Directors. 

Nomination Process: Members of the Board of Directors are chosen for a single slate by the member-elected Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee considers nominations for all qualified applicants. 

Term: 3 Years (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025.)

Current President: Cat Curry

Open Positions:

  • Member-At-Large (Board Member)



Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois   I   5 S Wabash Ave, Suite 1406   I   Chicago, IL 60603

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603


Phone: 312-332-0833

Email: info@acail.org

Website: acail.org

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