The American Camp Association (ACA) is a community of camp professionals dedicated to ensuring the high quality of camp programs, a greater public understanding of and support for the value of the camp experience, and an increase in the number of children, youth, and adults of all social, cultural, and economic groups who participate in the camp experience. Established in 1910, ACA operates as a private, nonprofit educational organization with members in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Its members represent a diverse constituency of camp owners and directors, executives, educators, clergy, businesses, consultants, camp and organization staff members, volunteers, students, retirees, and other individuals associated with the operation of camps for children and adults. The services provided by ACA include educational programs and conferences, accreditation services, networking, monitoring of legislation at the federal and state levels, Camping Magazine, public relations efforts, and an online bookstore providing educational resources related to camping, conferencing, and outdoor education. ACA also serves as a consultant and advisor to many state and federal agencies in the field of camping and to colleges and universities in the fields of outdoor education and recreation. The programs of the Association are administered through numerous local sections. The ACA community of camps promote active participation, caring relationships, and focus on the emotional, social, spiritual, and physical growth of an individual.