ACA accreditation volunteers believe the benefits they receive by far exceed the investment they make in time to train for and visit camps.  This is your chance at the best professional development ever!

Get Started

These 2 steps will get you on the path to becoming an ACA Accreditation Volunteer! These items MUST be completed at least 1 month prior to the start of the Accreditation Volunteer (formerly known as the Associate Visitor) Course.

Additional Steps

  • Review the ACA Associate Visitor/Visitor Service Description.
  • Review and be ready to sign the Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct
  • Be a current ACA individual member.
  • Successfully complete the online pre-course work. This will be assigned once the application and registration are approved. The online pre-course work includes the Accreditation Process Workshop so you are up to date. 
  • Successfully attend/complete the Accreditation Volunteer (formerly the Associate Visitor) Course (virtual or in-person).

Visitor Benefits

A Chance to Learn

  • During your training, you will build a network of other camp pros and polish your skills of observation and open-ended questions. Develop into the peer-mentor you always wished you had!
  • You may read about programming in Camping Magazine and even listen to a colleague explain how a program works, but the value of seeing other programs in operation is unmatched.
  • You will see first-hand how other camps accomplish their missions and reach their goals. See how they make it work in day-to-day operations.
  • Get tips and ideas you can use in your own camp.

A Chance to Share

  • The ACA accreditation program is a voluntary peer-review program and process.  Your involvement and investment as an ACA accreditation volunteer is a significant contribution to the camp community:
    • Our campers deserve the best. ACA is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience. When you help more camps maintain their accreditation or become accredited, you play a significant part in fulfilling our ACA mission.
    • It's a way to give something back. You have learned so much about how to operate a quality camp through the accreditation program, now you have a way to make sure that others can have the same chance for knowledge and growth that you have had.

A Chance to Save Money


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