Resource Library

Health and Wellness Standards Resources
Published Date: 2015-09-24

Camps vary in their healthcare needs based on clientele, type and length of program, number of trained healthcare providers on the camp staff, and distance from professional medical facilities. All camps need a well-thought-out healthcare plan to provide for the needs of campers, staff, and rental groups. Potential health risks to the clientele need to be identified and evaluated, and plans for prevention and care need to be specified.

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Operational Management Standards Resources
Published Date: 2015-09-24

The purpose of these standards is to address general risk management and safety issues relevant to the camp operation and clientele served — not to duplicate safety regulations specific to program activities or transportation, which may be addressed in to other sections or by other rules or regulations.

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Human Resources Standards Resources
Published Date: 2015-09-24

The physical, emotional, and mental well-being of campers is of utmost importance. This can be more readily accomplished when a camp has a system that includes a thorough hiring process, well-planned staff training, and appropriate supervision of campers and staff.

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Camp programming promotes the mental, physical, social, and spiritual growth of campers. The camp provides program activities as a means of achieving its developmental goals and outcomes, conducted in ways that protect the health, safety, and well-being of its campers.

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Program - Aquatics Standards Resources
Published Date: 2015-09-24

Many camps offer aquatic activities as a major program element for campers. Swimming and boating activities take place in and on pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, ocean fronts, and creeks. Safety is a central concern in all aquatic activities, and the purpose of the aquatic standards is to set an expectation for trained and certified supervision, appropriate safety precautions, and well-planned emergency procedures.

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Many camps provide trip or travel opportunities for their campers, either as extensions of their day or resident camp programs or as stand-alone trip or travel programs. Groups travel for three nights or more (many times in a wilderness setting) and rely on the leadership of only a few staff. Trip/travel groups do not have the stable, familiar resources of the camp community available to them.

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Tips for Sign Display

  • Repetition aids understanding. Create the impression that you value what is represented by this sign, because you do! Displaying one or two signs in your camp isn’t enough to communicate just how valuable accreditation is to your clientele.
  • Place signs where they will be repeatedly seen:
    • All entrance points
    • The first door parents walk in
    • Entrance to the director’s office
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ACA-Accredited camps set the standard – tell the world that your camp offers fun and safety! Use the sample press release to send to news media in your community.

Tips for Sending News Releases to the Media

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Accreditation Talking Points - For Parents
Published Date: 2015-10-05

Have you been asked to address your local PTA? Or your town’s Rotary Club? Do you need some talking points to help you in your presentation about the value of camp—to share the message with parents and the public about the benefits of the camp experience and the importance of ACA accreditation?

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Marketing the Value of the Camp Experience
Published Date: 2015-10-05

Camp directors and camp staff know intuitively what camp provides for youth. We have sought for words and the solid research to back up what we know in our hearts happens in the magic of the experience. Now we have that research!! It is important that parents, legislators, and the media hear the same message about the value of the camp experience.

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