Accreditation Overview

The main purpose of the ACA-accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices. The camp, then, is responsible for ongoing implementation of these policies.

The second purpose of ACA accreditation is to assist the public in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards. 

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The American Camp Association is the only nationwide accrediting organization for all types and designs of organized camps. ACA standards focus on health, safety, and risk management practices.

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Are you considering ACA accreditation? This complimentary webinar will cover how you can measure your readiness, beginning steps of the process and answer common questions you have.

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Accreditation visits occur on a typical program day and often require a full day.

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The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past. This workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits this summer and beyond.

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Expand your learning and professional development via accreditation and standards by visiting the all new Accreditation Academy.


Thinking about accreditation but not sure if you are ready? Join a free one-hour webinar to help you decide.