Resource Library

Aquatic Recognized Certifications
Published Date: 2015-09-24

(Revised April 2016)

Below are certifications that meet specified ACA standards, based on recommendations from the certifying bodies. This list will be updated several times each year. To determine if courses or certifications not listed meet standards requirements, e-mail the standards department at the ACA national office.

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Aquatics Supervision Chart
Published Date: 2015-09-18

This sheet is a quick reference guide to help camps determine what aquatics personnel are needed. See the individual standards for information on the specific requirements.

Download the Aquatics Supervision Chart

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First Aid/CPR Recognized Certifications
Published Date: 2015-09-18

Updated March 2016

The following lists include certifications that meet specified ACA standards, based on recommendations from the certifying bodies. A camp should also verify what is acceptable certification within their state. This list will be updated when changes are made. To determine if courses or certifications not listed meet standards requirements, contact the standards department at the ACA national office.

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Horseback Riding Instructor Certifications
Published Date: 2015-09-18

The following organizations provide training and certification for horseback riding programs. Contact information and course titles are provided for your convenience. If you have a question about an organization that is not on the list, please contact the standards department at the ACA National Office.  Certification as well as documented experience and training gained through entities not listed below may also meet some of the requirements for the horseback riding supervisor (PD.14).

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The following organizations currently are recognized by ACA to certify supervisors for camp adventure/challenge programs(standard PD.13). Contact information is provided for your convenience. If you have a question about an organization that is not on the list, please contact thestandards department at the ACA National Office.  Documented experience and training gained through entities not listed below may also meet this standard. 

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Skills Verification Guidelines
Published Date: 2015-09-22

General Guidelines

Staff member demonstrates:

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Share the message. Tell the parents and the public about your camp's accreditation. The following resources help you promote your accreditation through proper logo use, press releases, announcements, key messages, links to ACA's parent information site, and more.

Read about the importance of the ACA brand and the call to consistency. 

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Pre-Camp Training Topics
Published Date: 2015-09-22

Precamp Training Topics

The codes following each topic refer to specific ACA Standards for Accreditation, based on theAccreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition.

Some of the topics will vary from camp to camp, depending on the philosophy and program of the camp.

Site and Food Service

• Proper handling of flammable or poisonous materials (e.g., kerosene, cleaning agents) (SF.2)

• Required general maintenance routines (e.g., cleaning, reporting maintenance problems) (SF.7)

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Site and Food Service Standards Resources
Published Date: 2015-09-23

The camp’s facilities, safety protocols, and food service safety should promote health and safety and minimize risk. The physical setting of the camp operation is an integral part of the total camp experience. While personnel and program are key to meeting objectives for camper development in a healthy atmosphere, the site, its facilities and food service also make an important contribution to the overall experience and significantly affect the safety of participants.

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Resources by Sections of the Standards
Published Date: 2015-09-23

ACA is committed to providing resources to assist in your accreditation visit planning and preparation. These resources include tip sheets, charts, standards-at-a-glance, links to relevant ACA web pages and other websites, and general resources, which may or may not be specific to a standard. 

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