Mandatory Standards at a Glance

This page hosts documents that detail the standards that the ACA’s National Standards Commission has identified as being mandatory.  Compliance with the mandatory standards is required for accreditation to be granted, regardless of scores achieved in other areas of the standards.   If a standard has more than one “part” only the mandatory part of the standard is listed.  The complete standard along with the Contextual Education can be found in the full Accreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition and the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition.  Current fee paying camps can also access the standards through My Accreditation on the ACA Online Standards Tool page.  

All camps, regardless of year of next visit, are required to be in compliance with all applicable CURRENT mandatory standards.

Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards v. 2019, November 2019 (PDF) NEW!

Mandatory Standards v. 2012, Updated October 2018 (PDF)

Chart of Mandatory Standards v. 2012 Updated October 2018 (Excel)