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

The Value of ACA Accreditation

  • ACA accreditation verifies that a camp has complied with up to 290 standards for health, safety, and program quality, which are recognized by courts of law and government regulators.
  • ACA-accreditation standards cover all aspects of camp operation from site/food service and health care to management and staffing.
  • The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at ACA-Accredited® camps reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
  • Accreditation is a parent’s best evidence of a camp’s commitment to health and safety.
  • ACA accreditation assures parents that the camp has had a regular, independent peer review that goes beyond regulations in most states.
  • Parents can (and should) verify the accreditation status of any camp at any time. This may be accomplished through ACA's website at (Click on Find A Camp!) or by calling 800-428-CAMP.

If your child's camp isn't ACA accredited, ask WHY NOT? Read more . . . .

Key Messages for Parents