Camps Seeking Accreditation

Information about Accreditation 

Information and Important Deadlines for Accredited Camp Applicants

To Do List — To receive a visit in the upcoming summer, a camp must do the following.

  1. Submit an application and fees by March 1. If your program occurs primarily outside of the summer months, please contact ACA.
  2. Complete an Accreditation Process Workshop no later than March 31.
  3. 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. Submit the written documentation required in the Written Documentation Review by May 1.
  5. Participate in the peer review process (the "visit").


  • 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

  • If your camp will be seeking accreditation, please enter your zip code and choose "Seeking Membership and Accreditation." If you are seeking accreditation in the upcoming summer, please contact the ACA Membership Team before filling out this application.
  • 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.  

Rates and Application

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

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

Send us an email or call us at 765-342-8456 press 1. We are happy to help.