Another season of the Annual Accreditation Report(AAR) is coming soon and I know that some of you are seasoned vets of the AAR, but if you are like me and could use a refresher course...then look no further! Here are some tips for making sure you have a smooth AAR this year!
Make Sure Your Account Information Up-To-Date.
So much happens in the summer and sometimes we forget to update our ACA account! Make sure membership is up to date, primary contacts are correct, and your login works before 12/1/17. You can do this at, https://www.acacamps.org/membership/update-information
Answer Your Questions on a Separate Document.
There is nothing worse than finishing a task and finding that there was some computer error and it’s gone! Save yourself the frustration and answer your questions on a word, or Google Doc first! Then copy and paste your answers into the online AAR tool. This will save you from having to do it over in case it crashes or doesn’t save properly!
SAVE, SAVE and SAVE
There is a little floppy disc icon (a floppy disc is something people used to save information on many many years ago, similar to a flash drive), and you need to hit that floppy disc icon after you answer each question on the AAR. If you answer three questions and then hit the icon it will only save that third answer. Then you will be really glad you answered in a separate document. ;)
December 1st is when the AAR is available to begin filling out. February 15th is the deadline for submissions. The February 15th date is important because if camps do not submit their AAR(s) by that 15th date they will receive an onsite visit in the summer. Not ideal. So put in on your calendars, write in your planners, set some alarms, maybe create a buddy system with another camp, whatever you need to do to remind yourself!
Things You're Probably Thinking…
If you are scheduled for an onsite visit in 2018, no you do not need to do the AAR...this year. If you were bumped from a 2018 visit to 2020, you do need to do the AAR.
If your account needs updating or need help logging in, call or email Kim Steiner 312-332-0833 x 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, I will call and email to remind you a LOT!
If you are being accredited for the first time ever this summer, no you don’t need to complete the AAR. Also, WELCOME! Excited to have you!
You didn’t answer my question, Kim! (classic Kim.)
Please, please reach out to me! I want to make this a great experience for all Camps so let me know when you have questions!
Email or phone, I usually get back in minutes. :)