Non-Visit Year Timeline
|Fall-Winter||Review any revised or new standards
Refresh information on Find-a-Camp
Consider training to become a Visitor
|December||Annual Accreditation Report available|
|January||Review your camp's compliance with the Standards.
Review and sign the annual Statement of Compliance
|February 1||Deadline: Annual Accreditation Report submission|
|Annually||Ensure accreditation fees are current|
Annual Accreditation Report
The Accreditation program is more than just the on-site visit. In non-visit years there is also a focus on continuous compliance with the standards. This allows for ongoing emphasis on quality improvement throughout the entire accreditation cycle. In non-visit years, camps will demonstrate their compliance with accreditation standards by submitting a narrative report called the Annual Accreditation Report. At least every five years, camps will demonstrate their compliance through an on-site visit.
Accreditation Process Guide
As part of an accredited camp's continued compliance, there should be an annual review and evaluation of the standards in the Accreditation Process Guide and implementation of all updates and necessary changes to a camp's written documentation and practices.
The Accreditation Process Guide should be current and up to date. The Accreditation Process Guide v.2019, located in the Accreditation Portal, is always up to date. If you have a published copy of the Accreditation Process Guide, be sure your APG includes these pull and replace pages.
- Accreditation Process Guide (APG) v.2019 Pull-and-Replace Pages - November 2019 NEW!
- Accreditation Process Guide (APG) v.2012 Pull-and-Replace Pages
Statement of Compliance
Every year, including the year of an accreditation visit, a legal representative from the camp must sign the annual Statement of Compliance indicating its continued compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and permit requirements and all of ACA’s current applicable mandatory standards.
After achieving ACA accredited status, the camp may use the ACA accredited camp logo and will receive an accredited camp sign. Additionally, check out the marketing tools resources to tell your accreditation story. The use of ACA accreditation signs and logos is a privilege reserved for currently accredited camps. All indications of ACA accreditation are protected by U.S. patent and copyright laws. To maintain Accreditation and use the ACA accredited camp logo, all camps must keep membership fees current annually. For assistance with your renewal, contact the membership team at 1- 800-428-2267 option 2 or email membership@ACAcamps.org.