Resource Library

Resources by Sections of the Standards
Published Date: 2015-09-23

ACA is committed to providing resources to assist in your accreditation visit planning and preparation. These resources include tip sheets, charts, standards-at-a-glance, links to relevant ACA web pages and other websites, and general resources, which may or may not be specific to a standard.  These samples should be reviewed and revised as appropriate for your camp/program. 

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Administrative standards include policies and procedures for which key administrative staff are most typically responsible for writing and distributing. Topics include transportation, risk management, emergency procedures, policies related to camp staff, and various program areas. For some key topics, the writing and maintaining of the policy/procedure is addressed in this section of standards, and the training and implementation of the procedure is in the staff training standards.  

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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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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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Transportation Standards Resources
Published Date: 2015-09-23

The camp’s transportation practices promote safety, minimize risk, and help administrators consider the critical aspects of traffic control, vehicular safety, driver qualifications and training, and camper education concerning vehicle safety.

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Facilities Standards Resources - v. 2019
Published Date: 2018-11-30

The camp’s facilities, safety protocols, vehicles, and food service safety should promote health and safety and minimize risk. Facilities make an important contribution to the overall experience and significantly affect the safety of participants.

Whether a camp’s program is held on a site owned, rented, or leased, and/or it uses owned, leased, charter, or commercial transportation, the program operator must be certain that provisions have been made for items in this section unless the “Does Not Apply” statement(s) indicates otherwise.

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Incorporate these messages everywhere you can – on the phone, in camp tours, camp fairs, in all print literature, videos, website – everywhere!

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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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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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Core Standards Resources - v. 2019
Published Date: 2018-11-30

Just as the name implies, standards included in this section are “core” to a camp accredited by the American Camp Association. Users expect clean and repaired facilities and to be treated with respect and dignity. For day, resident, and short-term camps, clearly articulated goals, outcomes, and activities designed to assist in camper development are core to guiding the camp’s focus and programming.

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