ACA's professional development tools, courses, and materials are grounded in 13 core competencies. Adults working with children and young adults need knowledge in each of these areas to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate experiences. These 13 core competencies:
- Establish standards of practice that help guide career development systems as well as provide recognition to professionals in the camp community.
- Serve as the framework for development of new as well as existing professional development opportunities and resources.
- Focus explicitly on what individuals need to know and do, as opposed to standards for accreditation that emphasize what programs must do to ensure safe, effective services.