Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be speaking at the Tri-State CAMP Conference in Atlantic City in March.
The former first lady, U.S. senator and presumed presidential candidate in 2016 will deliver the keynote address to some 3,000 camp professionals at the American Camp Association’s New York and New Jersey regional conference on March 19.
“We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will be speaking at the American Camp Association, NY and NJ’s Tri-State CAMP Conference,” Andy Pritikin, President of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, said in a news release. “Secretary Clinton’s work in raising public awareness about the importance of early childhood education and the wellness of our families aligns seamlessly with the work that camp professionals have been providing for children for over a century.”
Clinton grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was a Girl Scout so she likely attended summer camp at some point though I haven’t been able to find what camp – perhaps she’ll touch on that in her speech – and she has spoken before about the importance of camping.
The ACA has this quote credited to Clinton on its website:
I think in many ways the camping experience gives children the chance to be children, to enjoy a time that really uses their minds and their bodies, develops their spirits, exposes them in a safe environment to other people, lets them learn about themselves. And that is important because I think it really relates directly to the kind of citizens and leaders we will have in the future.
It’s unknown how much Clinton is being paid for the speech – her speaking fees usually fall in the $200-300,000 range – but the timing of the scheduled appearance has raised questions about when she might officially announce a run for president.
The conference will be held March 16-19 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Click here for more information.