Pre-Camp Training Topics

Precamp Training Topics

The codes following each topic refer to specific ACA Standards for Accreditation, based on theAccreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition.

Some of the topics will vary from camp to camp, depending on the philosophy and program of the camp.

Site and Food Service

• Proper handling of flammable or poisonous materials (e.g., kerosene, cleaning agents) (SF.2)

• Required general maintenance routines (e.g., cleaning, reporting maintenance problems) (SF.7)

• Proper handling and use of power tools (SF.8)

• Food preparation, storage, and handling procedures (SF.18 through SF.23)


• Procedures in case of accident during transportation (TR.7)

• Safety procedures for traffic control, orderly arrival and departure, and for loading and unloading of vehicles (TR.4)

• Transportation of persons in non-passenger vehicles (TR.2)

• Transportation policies that specify supervision ratios of staff to campers (TR.6)

• Orientation of safety regulations and procedures in vehicles provided for passengers (TR.8 through TR.9)

• Safety check procedures and mechanical evaluation (TR.12, TR.13)

• Training for vehicle drivers (TR.15)

Health and Wellness

• Procedures for informing staff of special needs of campers (HW.13)

• Responsibilities of staff for camper health care (HW.4)

• Providing health care and emergency treatment when out of camp and appropriate recordkeeping (HW.3, HW.22)

• Availability and use of AED (HW.17)

• Storage of prescription and nonprescription drugs at camp (HW.18)

Operational Management

• Procedures for dealing with possible intruders (OM.7)

• Emergency and safety procedures (OM.8 through OM.12)

• Policy and procedures covering personal property (OM.4)

• Completing incident and accident reports (OM.5)

• Missing persons procedures (OM.10)

• Camper release procedures (OM.13)

Human Resources

• Staff training in diversity (HR.11)

• Training for their particular job (HR.10)

• Personnel policies (HR.7, HR.21)

• Camper-staff ratios (HR.8)

• Supervision of general camp activities (HR.15)

• Staff-camper interaction (HR.16)

• Behavior management (HR.17)

• Sensitive issue policy (HR.18)

• Supervision of staff (HR.19)

• Supervisor training (HR.19)

Program Design and Activities

• Procedures for overnights and trips (PD.9)

• Environmental policies, practices, and program (PD.7)

• Program equipment availability and care (PD.8, PD.38)

• Use of program equipment (PD.8, PD.24)

• Program goals and outcomes (PD.1)

• Emergency information (PD.10)

• Procedures for out-of-camp activities (PD.9, PD.11, PD.38, PD.39)

• Operating procedures for each specialized activity (PD.12 - PD.16, PD.20, PD.25 through PD.29, PD.31 as well as the following standards when the following activities are operated: Adventure/Challenge— PD.8, PD.18 through PD.21, PD.24, PD.29, PD.38, PD.39; Horseback Riding—PD.8, PD.15 through PD.18, PD.20, PD.22, PD.29 through PD.39; and the entire sections of Aquatics—PA and Trip and Travel—PT)

• Procedures for controlled access of activity areas (PD.20)

• Safety orientation for participants (PD.18)

• Competency demonstration (PD.19)

In addition, staff leading special activities such as archery, boating, etc., will provide training/orientation to general staff and campers before use.

Adapted from Appendix F - Precamp Topics, Basic Camp Management, available from ACA's Bookstore, 888-229-5745.