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“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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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


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 (, 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


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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We will call him, Mr. Joe. An eighty-one-year-old former resident of New Orleans, Mr. Joe tells Canon Walter Friese, interim director of Hardnter Camp and Conference Center in Pollock, Louisiana, about his aching arms as he swam his way to safety through the swirling waters of a devastated city in the midst of a catastrophe that many of us could never imagine. "Mr. Joe was so gracious and kind to those suffering around him.

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Nature Loves Nurture
Published Date: 2003-01-01

In the spring of 2002, Psychologist Wallace Dixon published the results of a survey of 1,500 randomly selected, doctoral-level members of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). He had asked the society members which studies, published since 1950, they considered "most revolutionary."In this series, psychologist Christopher Thurber - an ACA member as well as a member of SRCD - shares a summary of the top twenty most revolutionary studies.

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Oliver cried lustily. If he could have known that he was an orphan, left to the tender mercies of churchwardens and overseers, perhaps he would have cried the louder.
— from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Big Questions

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