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The National Standards Commission (NSC), whose purpose is to create and oversee the standards for an accreditation program that result in higher quality camp experiences, would like to welcome and congratulate the 85 newly accredited camps based on their 2016 visit!  These new camps were more than 10% of the 703 accredited visits conducted this summer. Going through the accreditation process is not an easy task yet is solid proof of camp’s accountability, credibility and commitment – it is evidence you care!

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Looking for help explaining to your camp parents why ACA accreditation is important? Feel free to use all or any parts of the message below along with your ACA-Accredited logo on your camp's website to detail to parents why you chose to be accredited and why it's so important for their child.

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ACA Accreditation
Published Date: 2017-01-31

Is your camp currently ACA accredited?  If so, one of two things apply to you for 2017.

1. If your camp is NOT scheduled for a 2017 onsite visit.

As ACA shifts to a five-year visit cycle and in following industry standards for accredited entities to complete a report in non-visit years, all currently ACA accredited camps not being visited in 2017 are required to complete the Annual Accreditation Report.

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What can we do as visitors to make the visit process more educational?

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Immediate Corrective Action (ICA) Process

A visitor MUST complete an ICA form for any missed mandatory standard (even when it is resolved during the course of the visit).

The ICA process:

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As you may know, the ACA standards are being reviewed, slightly revised, and reorganized for the next version of the standards to be used beginning in 2019. We invite and encourage you to review the documents.

After an initial posting of draft standards and placements, the National Standards Commission is sharing revisions made to some standards as well as proposed applicability of the current Site/Food Service Standards and the Health and Wellness Standards for specific audiences. 

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Western Region Local Offices: Evergreen, Northern California, Oregon Trail, Rocky Mountain, Southern California/Hawaii, Southwest

Are you considering becoming accredited for the first time? Working on preparing for your upcoming visit? Do you want a refresher to make sure you are meeting the standards? Looking for tips on preparing and applying standards to your program?

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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 that provides 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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