When choosing activities and experiences, safety continues to be a parent’s number one priority. The best camp experiences are borne out of strong partnerships between parents and camps as they work together to make sure children and youth experience learning and fun in safe environments.
The first thing families should look for when choosing a camp is whether or not the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). If a camp is not ACA-accredited, ask why not?
ACA-accreditation means that the 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 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.
In addition, ACA has an enormous amount of guidance available online to help camp families find a beneficial, positive, and safe camp experience. ACA’s family resources site, www.CampParents.org , has information and tips on the following:
- Fun and Safety 
- Questions to Ask a Camp Director 
- Child Protection 
- State Regulations for Camps 
Informed parents are best prepared to select a camp that meets their standards for staff, programs, safety, and facilities and strives to promote the welfare of every child. By partnering with camps, and using ACA’s valuable resources, families are = able to make informed decisions when choosing a camp that strives to provide a happy, and safe, experience for their camper.
Contact Public Relations at 765.349.3317 or pr@ACAcamps.org  to interview an ACA spokesperson  or for more information about health and safety at camp. For customizable public service announcements  or article reprints , visit our Media Center at www.ACAcamps.org/media .
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.CampParents.org .