Accreditation Information for ACA, Northern California

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Accreditation Year Timeline

February 1 Camp Information Forms due (coming soon!)
March 1 Deadline for new camp accreditation application/fee due
March Visitor assignments announced
May 1 Written Documentation Review
June-August Onsite visit (most visits take place during these summer months)
October Camps are notified of accreditation status

Accreditation Process Guide (APG) v.2019

  • For current fee-paying camps being visited in 2019, the APG v.2019 will be distributed to the person attending the in-person workshop (1 per camp).
  • All other camps paying accreditation fees with visits scheduled beyond 2019 will have access to an electronic version of the standards in October 2018 via My Accreditation v.2019. 
  • Camps with newly submitted applications for accreditation will receive the APG shortly after the applicaiton is processed.
  • Non-fee-paying camps and camps wanting additional printed copies can purchase through the bookstore beginning in September 2018.


Accreditation Process Guide (APG) v.2012

If you are currently accredited, with a future visit date beyond 2019, you will continue to use this version of standards. Keep your standards up to date by pulling and replacing pages with all current updates.

Virtual Office Hours for Accreditation in 2019

Working on preparing for your upcoming visit? Join us for virtual office hours each month to help you walk through some of the specifics of your accreditation preparation. Learn about resources available from ACA, dig deeper into each section of standards, get an organizing tip of the month, and more. Each session will include opportunity for open discussion, questions and coaching with western region Standards Instructors and ACA Staff.

Sessions will take place on Zoom. Internet connection, speakers/microphone are required. A webcam is optional. Register for one or all the sections and receive confirmation and calendar information directly from zoom.

Pre-requisite: Actively working on Accreditation for 2019 and you must have an APG to use during these virtual office hours. Completion of an accreditation process workshop prior to participating in virtual office hours is ideal.

Dates, Registration & Recordings

Accreditation Process Workshop

Audience: This workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits in 2019 and beyond. The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past. Every camp being visited must have at least one person who completes the workshop on behalf of the camp; that person must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

Workshop Objectives: Participants leave feeling excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. They know where to find and how to use information, resources, and technology provided by ACA. They can navigate the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition to understand compliance and applicability of standards, including all revisions to the standards and the accreditation process, and they can articulate the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors.


View Upcoming Accreditation Process Workshops

Become a Visitor

Are you interested in becoming a visitor? Learn more here and contact Tori Barnes for details.

Who to Contact for Accreditation & Standards Related Questions

Tori Barnes, Standards Manager | 765-349-3527

  • Training schedules
  • Administrative questions, resource requests
  • Visitor/Camp contact information
  • General Program questions
  • Applicability of standards