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Become a Visitor

Whether you’re new to the camp profession or a seasoned expert, you’ve probably heard all about the ACA Accreditation Program. The Accreditation Program is only made possible because of, you guessed it, VOLUNTEERS!

Here are a few of the benefits to being a Visitor:

  • Exclusive, FREE Professional Development Events that increase your skill development. When you become a member of our Volunteer Visitor Crew, you'll not only be able to participate in any of our professional development opportunities, you'll be able to participate in skill-building opportunities just for Volunteer Visitors.
  • Access to tremendous opportunities to grow your professional, and personal, network. Not only do you get access to the largest group of volunteer camp pros, you'll have dozens of occasions to collaborate with these folks, share tips and tricks, get advice, and find future job opportunities.
  • Be on the forefront of trends and changes in the industry. Where do you go for the latest news and current industry trends? ACA staff and volunteers! We are the epicenter of essential information for camps, growth opportunities and industry education. Whether you’re still new and building foundational knowledge of the industry or an advanced camp pro, being a Visitor puts you front and center of it all.

Exclusive Benefits

To learn more about the current exclusive benefits and professional development, check out our upcoming Visitor Events!

  • No upcoming events

Worried About the Time Commitment? 

Sure. Volunteering takes time. But there are different ways to serve as a Visitor that include both virtual and/or in-person involvement. You’ll work with our team to discuss how much time and in what ways would be best for your schedule and situation.

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Questions About Volunteering to Become a Visitor?

Contact Colette Marquardt, Chief Executive Office, at: to learn more becoming a Visitor.

Hear from a Few of Our Visitors

“Being a visitor has helped my personal and professional growth and increased my love of camp by exposing me to the work of amazing camp professionals that have a common goal of developing youth. You would think that the process of evaluating a group of standards would be rigid and boring; however, each professional shares their unique approach to youth development through the power of their camp. It has opened my eyes to new ideas and creative ways of thinking that has given me fresh perspective and additional enthusiasm for camp.“

- Michael Selep, Immediate Past President & Visitor

​"I became a visitor for a few reasons. First, it’s a great way to give back to the field that has provided so much for me. Second, it’s a great way to learn from other camp professionals and see a wide variety of facilities."

​- Dr. Megan Owens, Assistant Professor at WIU

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American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

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Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833



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