"We chose accreditation because we wanted to show our parents that we go the extra mile to provide a safe quality camp for their children. It is a great way to keep up new laws and trends in the field, and every year we learn something!" - Sandra "Sam" Thompson, Crystal Lake Park District
The primary purpose of the ACA Accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. ACA standards establish guidelines for policies, procedures, and practices. The camp is responsible for the ongoing implementation of these policies.
The second purpose of ACA Accreditation is to assist the public in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards.
ACA Accreditation means that your camp or program cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at your child’s camp or program reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp and program operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.
The American Camp Association accreditation program is appropriate for a wide variety of camp and out-of-school experiences. ACA accredits programs sponsored by various organizational entities. These may include agencies, independently owned, religiously affiliated, therapeutic, city/county, afterschool, etc. Day camps, resident camps, travel programs, some out-of-school programs, and others have achieved ACA accreditation status.
The first step in attaining accreditation for your camp is to become a member. Click here for information and paperwork regarding Camp Membership.
More Accreditation Information
Accreditation Resources for Camps: Forms and resources for camps seeking accreditation.
Become a Visitor: For those interested in becoming a Standards Visitor.
Annual Accreditation Report: Information and resources for camp completing the Annual Accreditation Report (AAR).
Standards Courses: Listing of all Basic Standards and Update Standards Courses, both in person and online available.
Standards Rock: This session we will help you understand the new accreditation cycle, the Annual Accreditation Report pro-tips, how to use the online resources and tools, and answer any questions you might have.
American Camp ASSOCIATION, illinois
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