In the year of your visit, you will receive an email in the fall reminding you that it's your expected visit year. You can also check your next visit year in the Accreditation Portal. This timeline will help you keep track of key tasks and requirements to complete throughout the year. If you have questions about items on this timeline, contact your accreditation staff member for assistance. The ACA accreditation year is from November 1 through October 31.


Accreditation Process Workshop

Complete this workshop as early as possible. It is required that at least 1 person from the camp team takes this in the year of the visit.


Statement of Compliance

Sign annual Statement of Compliance (currently accredited camps)

February 1

New or non-accredited camp application and fee due

Application and fee must be received to move forward with the accreditation process.

Camp Information Form*
This short form provides a snapshot of your camp to introduce your camp to your visit team.


Visitor assignments sent via e-mail*

April 1

Accreditation Process Workshop

Written Document Review (WDR)

Camps not currently accredited must complete both requirements by April 1 to move forward with a site visit


On-site peer-review visit (most visits take place during the summer months). The on-site visit date is determined with your visit team and occurs on a typical program day (not the opening or closing day of a camp session), and often requires a full day. The peer review is conducted by a team of ACA-trained volunteers who will spend the day observing the camp and working with the director in the scoring process. This visit must occur when the camp is in full operation during the camp's primary business season.


Camp notified of accreditation status

Reminder: Ensure fees are current to avoid resource interruption.