ACA Signature Courses

Basic Camp Director Course (BCDC)

The BCDC is an in-person, multi-day training (hosted by the ACA Illinois Affiliate in 2015) that provides the basics for camp directors with fewer than six years of experience or for seasoned program directors and site managers. This training is an excellent opportunity to be sure camp professionals have well-rounded knowledge of the ACA core competencies and begin building a personal network of camp professionals. (If you are unable to attend this in-person training, you may want to check out the online ACA Camp Director Course.) 

New Director Orientation (NDO)

NDO is a special seven hour course (7 CECs) for seasonal or new camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, or persons that have been in other administrative positions and are considering directing a camp. NDO is designed to be offered at the section or regional level. The NDO course helps directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders for their camp program. The course covers five critical areas: camp management leadership, risk management, camper behavior, staff training, and staff supervision. Contact your local ACA office for more information on scheduled courses. This course is typically held in all seasons except for summer.

ACA Basic Standards Course

The ACA Basic Standards Course (5 CECs) is specifically designed to help prepare people who are NEW to the accreditation process for their accreditation visits, and to serve as an introduction to the standards program for those interested in becoming accreditation visitors. The camp may or may not be currently accredited. A person completing the ACA Standards Course on behalf of a camp is expected to actively assist the camp in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

Due to revisions to the standards in September 2014, a camp representative must complete a standards course or standards update course, October 2014 or later, before an accreditation visit can occur. There is no charge for this course, and ACA membership is not required. Please check the events calendar for course dates.

ACA Standards Update Course

The Standards Update Course (1.5 CECs) is designed for the camp director or staff member who has been actively involved in the preparation of materials and the on-site visit at an ACA-accredited camp in the recent past. A person completing the ACA Standards Course on behalf of a camp is expected to actively assist the camp in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

Due to revisions to the standards in September 2014, a camp representative must complete a standards course or standards update course, October 2014 or later, before an accreditation visit can occur. There is no charge for this course, and ACA membership is not required. Please check the events calendar for course dates.

ACA Associate Visitor Course

The ACA Associate Visitor Course (11 CECs) provides training to individuals who wish to volunteer to conduct accreditation visits. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of a visitor, including legal implications of visitor actions; develop information-gathering skills; and learn to use resources available to make consistent compliance decisions. Participants will also understand the educational value of the accreditation process and become positive representatives and advocates for ACA. There is no charge for this course.

Prerequisites: Age 21 or older; current individual ACA membership; submission of Associate Visitor application approved by the ACA local office; completion of current standards course; completion of online course (approx. 2 hours) prior to the in-person course. Please check the events calendar for course dates.