Camps Seeking Accreditation

Information about Accreditation 

Information and Important Deadlines for Accredited Camp Applicants

To Do List — To receive an accreditation visit, a camp must do the following.

  1. Fall - Submit an application and fees as early as possible. We suggest no later than September or October. If you submit your application after February 1, your camp will not receive a visit that summer. If your program occurs primarily outside of the summer months, please contact ACA.
  2. Fall/Winter - Complete an Accreditation Process Workshop as soon as your able. The sooner the better. If you haven't taken a course by March 31, your camp will not receive a visit that summer.
  3. Fall/Winter - Prepare materials and written documentation required by the standards; review and evaluate each area of camp operation, using the guidelines noted in the standards.
  4. Fall/Winter - Take advantage of all preparation resources, including Accreditation Office Hours, to support your work in preparing materials.
  5. Spring - By mid to later March, you'll have your visitor assignment.  
  6. Spring - Submit the written documentation required in the Written Documentation Review prior to May 1.
  7. Summer - Participate in the peer review process (the "visit").
  8. Fall - In early November, you'll receive notification of your accreditation. 

Reminders

  • Begin early! It can take up to 18 months to prepare for ACA Accreditation. Significant written documentation is required.
  • Your ACA Accreditation visitor will reach out in early April for the Written Documentation Review and Visit.
  • ACA's Accreditation Program is not intended to circumvent the licensure required to operate your primary business.
  • Compliance with legal requirements of the jurisdictions within which a camp/program is located is the responsibility of the camp.

Application Details

Please note: The next opportunity for your camp to receive an accreditation visit will be summer of 2021. 

Applications for accreditation must be received by ACA by February 1 if you are seeking a visit in the following summer. If your camp is interested in seeking accreditation, please contact the membership team:

  • We can help you understand the timing and work involved
  • Check and discuss eligibility status
  • We can talk with you about what your fees will be

We look forward to assisting your!  Send us an email or call us at 765-342-8456 press 1.

Rates and Application

After you have spoken with someone on our membership team and you feel you are ready to begin the process:

  • For seeking accreditation, you can calculate your fees and/or fill out an application here. Choose "Seeking Membership and Accreditation" and then you'll be asked to enter your zip code and your operating budget. 
  • If your camp will not be seeking accreditation, but is interested in becoming a member camp, apply here.
  • Payment: You can pay online via our secure form or print your application and mail it in with a check.