Health and Safety Resources for Families

Posted: March 16, 2012

Camp is fun! As a parent or family member searching for a camp experience, there are a lot of things to consider. The best camp experiences are borne out of a partnership – where parents and camps work together to find the best possible fit for children, and one where parents are armed with information and able to make educated decisions about the camp experience.

If you are new to the camp search, worry not! The American Camp Association has an enormous amount of research and advice to help you — and it is all available online. CampParents.org, ACA’s family resource site, includes information on:

Fun and Safety
Questions to Ask a Camp Director
Child Protection
State Regulations for Camps

As you are searching for the perfect camp for your child, be sure to look for a camp that is ACA-accredited. ACA-accreditation means that your child’s camp cares enough to undergo a thorough review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA 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 reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in a nurturing environment committed to safety.

When you are searching for a camp, be sure to ask if the camp is ACA-accredited. If not, ask why. This may give you some valuable insight into the camp’s approach to health and safety.