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Becoming an ACA Illinois Accreditation Visitor

Do you know what the number 1 rated volunteer and professional development experience in ACA is? Being an Accreditation Visitor! Below you'll find everything you need to know about becoming an ACA Illinois Visitor; from benefits to steps to volunteer, and even upcoming info sessions.

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What Will I Learn at an Information Session?

Join us and learn more about this popular volunteer role in ACA Illinois, including how it can increase your professional skills and give you access to new ideas; all while providing a critical service to the camp community!

In this short session, we’ll cover:

  • Why Visitors are essential to the Accreditation program;
  • The benefits to serving as a Visitor, both to your camp and your career advancement;
  • Qualifications to become a Visitor
  • The Process and timelines; and
  • General Q&A's!
This is an excellent opportunity for you to continue growing in your career and help your camp continue to excel, so don't miss out!

Registering for the Info Session:

This Information Session is intended for potential volunteers and future Visitors of ACA Illinois. If you are from outside of ACA Illinois but interested in learning more about how to become a Visitor where you live/work/summer locally, please reach out to Colette Marquardt, Chief Executive Officer, at

Exclusive Benefit!

Attend an Info Session and receive a $10 E-Gift Card*. This is just our way of saying thanks for sharing your time with us!

*Limited to the first 25 folks registered at each session. Must attend the full session to receive gift card. There is no obligation to become a Visitor when you attend to learn more.

What are the Benefits of Being a Visitor?

Check out the benefits that becoming a Visitor offers you and your camp:

Upcoming Information Sessions

Below you'll find a list of the Becoming an ACA Illinois Visitor Info Sessions for the year:

  • No upcoming events

Steps to Becoming a Visitor

Step 1: Be sure you meet the qualifications.

Step 2: Apply for a Visitor Training! Click on the training dates you wish to attend and hit the Apply Now/Register button!

Step 3: Attend the Visitor Training! You must attend the entire course to become a Visitor. If you schedule changes, let us know and we can help move you into a different course on different dates.

Attending the Visitor Course

The Visitor Training, previously the Associate Visitor Training Course, must be completed in order to become an ACA Illinois Volunteer Visitor. Click on your preferred training dates below to find more information on schedule, times, pre-course work, etc. 

Deadline to apply to one of these trainings is one month prior to the training start date.

Upcoming Courses - Click here to register for any of the courses

November 9, 2023

Skokie, IL

9am - 6pm CT

November 14, 2023


9am - 5pm ET

December 7, 2023


12pm - 8pm ET

January 6, 2024


10am - 6pm ET

February 5, 2024

New Orleans - National ACA Conference

12pm - 8pm ET

February 28, 2024


10am - 6pm ET

April 15, 2024

Naperville, IL

pam - 6pm CT

*Remember to check the time zone for the course your register for. 

Questions About Becoming a Visitor?

For any questions, please contact Colette Marquardt, Chief Executive Officer, at or  312-332-0833 x1.

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois   I   PO Box 5412, Evanston, IL 60204

Mailing Address:

American Camp Association, Illinois

5 S Wabash Ave

Suite 1406

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-0833



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