Resource Library

PROPOSED Child Protection Improvement Act — Update

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Each year, millions of children apply to attend summer camp. Parents seek out educational and fun camp opportunities that will help their children grow in a variety of ways. In an effort to provide a high-quality, safe experience, camps ask parents to complete an array of information, including demographics, diet and nutrition information, social functioning, medical concerns, medications in use, and many other items depending the camp focus and structure.

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Notes from the 2013 Insurance Roundtable
Published Date: 2013-05-01

Each year during the ACA national conference, the National Insurance Committee hosts a roundtable discussion with our insurance business partners and other insurers of camps. At the roundtable, trends in the insurance industry that may impact camp operations, what types of claims were filed the year before, and risk management issues are discussed. This year’s roundtable discussion, as the ones in the past, has proven to be an excellent source for risk management issues we as camp professionals cannot afford to ignore.

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Hotline Phone Number: 800-573-9019

“Hello. We have a young female camper who has been ill and just revealed to our nurse that two days before she came to camp she had an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. She is so ill that she needs more medical help than our staff can provide. When we call the parents to talk about getting her more care, what do we tell them? Do we have to tell them about the abortion or do we have to keep confidential what we know about the abortion?”

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The American Camp Association’s public policy agenda for the 113th Congress makes the highest priority on two specific goals: (1) to protect the safety of children, youth, and adults participating in the camp experience; and (2) to achieve recognition that camp is an expanded learning opportunity. While it has been challenging to make progress with this particular Congress — which thus far has been identified as a Congress fraught with gridlock and unable to accomplish anything — ACA continues to advocate for our agenda with both legislators and regulators.

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Accreditation Standards: By the Numbers!
Published Date: 2013-10-01

Once again, it was a busy summer of accreditation visits for camps hoping to gain ACA accreditation and those wanting to maintain their current accreditation status. Below is an initial overview of summer 2013.

Number of camps visited: 835

Most Missed Mandatory Standards (and % of camps that scored “no”)

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Releases and Related Issues: Revisited
Published Date: 2012-02-01

Introduction

Camp managers and camp families appear to understand the significance of an agreement in which the camp seeks protection from certain claims. These agreements are encountered regularly, across a broad spectrum of entertainment, instructional, and other activities.

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While the American Camp Association (ACA) continues to advocate for programs that get more children involved in camp programs, we are frustrated that as a nation, we have made very little progress in advancing environmental and outdoor education. We have been very active in advocating for the No Child Left Inside Act (www.ACAcamps.org/publicpolicy/NCLI), however, with the stalemate in Congress, we’ve had to seek out other avenues to advance the environmental literacy of all Americans — most especially our young people.

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Standards: Reviewed, Revised, Reformatted!
Published Date: 2015-10-11

THEY’RE HERE!

What’s This Mean to Me?

  • The 2012 edition of the Accreditation Process Guide (APG) was released mid-September 2011.
  • All fee-paying camps and visitors will receive a complimentary printed version of the 2012 APG. These are distributed at the local level.
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Over the past eighteen months, ACA’s accreditation standards have been reviewed, revised, and reformatted. This process has been a thorough/thoughtful review of one of ACA’s core programs, at the recommendation of the Accreditation and Education Task Force. While the actual content of the majority of the standards has not changed, all of the standards have been reviewed, and many have been reworded to focus on the practice that must be in place in order to meet the standard.

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