Accreditation & Standards


The main purpose of the ACA-accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices.

Tools and Resources

Earning and maintaining ACA accreditation takes time and commitment. ACA has many resources available to help you through this process including the web-based tool “My Accreditation”, samples of policies and procedures (Resources by Section of Standards), and forms and additional information that will assist you in this process.

Standards Visitors

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the ACA-Accreditation program. Without Standards Visitors, the American Camp Association would not be able to implement the Accreditation program. Find out how you can become a visitor.

Standards at a Glance

This is a general overview of the ACA standards based on the Accreditation Process Guide. While each standard is listed in the following material, the specific details, interpretation, and compliance information are not included. "Standards At A Glance" is a reference for people wanting to know the basics.

My Accreditation Tool

The My Accreditation tool is an online application that helps camps prepare for an accreditation visit.