You want everyone to know how hard you've worked to achieve accreditation - especially those decision makers and funding bodies upon whom your camp relies. Make a point to tell them about it, and encourage questions while you build enthusiasm!
The following form letter is designed to announce your camp's accomplishment. Block and copy the letter, and paste it into your word processor. Use your camp's stationery and fill in the information about your camp where words are written in CAPITAL letters.
Dear BOARD MEMBERS, FUNDERS, etc.,
We at CAMP NAME are delighted to announce the recent notification that our camp has earned ACA-Accredited® Camp status! This is verification from the American Camp Association® that our camp, during a visit on DATE, complied with up to 300 industry-established health and safety standards, which are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp industry.
The ACA-accreditation program has a fifty-year history and is continually evaluated and updated to reflect current best practice in camps. ACA collaborates with experts from many fields such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to be sure required practices are current and sound. ACA standards are revised based on research in the public, legal, youth development, and camp arenas.
OUR CAMP recognizes that ACA camps set the standard for the industry. For us, it is a regular, independent health and safety audit of camp operations. For parents, the ACA-accredited camp sign symbolizes excellence and our accountability and ongoing commitment to the children we serve.
In addition, our participation in the American Camp Association gives to OUR CAMP:
We are very proud of our accomplishments as a camp, and we hope you can see the benefits of our hard work to become ACA-accredited. If you have any questions about our status or the accreditation process, please let us know. We're happy to share the value of accreditation with you.