Standards Update Course - ACA, Rocky Mountain

The Standards Update Course is designed for the camp director or staff member who has previously taken the Basic Standards Course and 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.

Basic Standards Course - ACA, Rocky Mountain

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.

Basic Standards Course - ACA, Oregon Trail

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.

Important Updates From the National Standards Commission - Winter 2016

The ACA National Standards Commission is a key group of volunteers whose purpose is to develop, monitor, and implement an accreditation program for the ACA that achieves the ends of the organization, resulting in higher quality camp experiences and a greater understanding of and support for the value of the camp experience with both internal and external audiences.  

Members of this group include Judith Bevan, Chair, Gail Albers, Jed Buck, John Dovic, Michael Jacobus, Beth Johns-Thomas, Ann McCollum, and Dan Reynolds. 

Standards Courses at the ACA National Conference - 2017

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Each camp/program wishing to go through the ACA accreditation process in 2017 must have at least one person from their camp/program who will be actively involved with the preparation of materials, on site a significant amount of time during the season, and on-site the day of the visit attend a Standards Course (new camps/new directors) or a Standards Update Course (director/staff from currently accredited camp who has helped with the preparation of materials and been actively involved in the on-site visit). 

ACA Standards That Relate to Staff Screening, Supervision, and Training

The health and safety of campers is of utmost importance to the American Camp Association. Because of this, there are several standards that specifically address staff screening, supervision ratios, and topics to be covered during staff training. While there is no “silver bullet” to protect campers from abuse, ACA believes a systematic, multi-prong approach produces the desired outcome of camper protection. The following list is only a partial list of the ACA standards a camp must meet in order to be accredited. 

Access 2014 Revisions to ACA Standards

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Associate Visitor Course - Training Curricula

Prerequisite: Online Precourse. Contact Kim to arrange enrollment for participants. Instructors will be enrolled and are expected to review content covered. Additionally, Instructors will be given access to monitor the progress of the participants in their local course. Access information will be sent.

Standards Update Course - Training Curricula

The Standards Update Course serves as review of the ACA Accreditation Program and helps participants prepare for their upcoming visit. Participants taking an update course must have previously attended a standards course and have been actively involved in the preparation for a successful ACA visit. All information below has been updated for summer 2017 visits.

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