Become a Visitor

Become a Visitor

    Visitors are the heart and soul of the ACA accreditation program! Without them, we would be unable to implement the accreditation program. There are no costs to you except your time and your individual ACA membership. Please review the qualifications and responsibilities for before applying.

    How to Become a Visitor

    Steps to becoming an Associate Visitor:

    • Review the ACA Associate Visitor/Visitor Service Description
    • Be a current ACA individual member.
    • Complete the current year Accreditation Process Workshop 
    • Acknowledge and accept the Conflict of Interest Statement for ACA Standards Volunteers (see service description).
    • Complete and submit an Associate Visitor Application. The application must first be approved by local standards chair, prior to registering for the Associate Visitor Course.
    • Please complete the above steps at least 3 weeks prior to any Associate Visitor Course.
    • Successfully complete all portions of the Associate Visitor Course. This course includes a 2-hour online course and a 10 to 12 hour in-person course. 
    • Upon completion of the course, instructor recommendation, and local leadership approval, applicants will be ready to serve as Associate Visitors.

    ACA standards visitors believe the benefits they receive by far exceed the investment they make in time to train for and visit camps.

    Visitor Benefits

    A Chance to Save Money

    A Chance to Learn

    • How else can you leave your camp during the summer and visit another camp while it is in operation? You may read about programming in Camping Magazine and even listen to a colleague explain how a program works, but it is so valuable to see other programs in operation.
    • You will see first-hand how other camps accomplish their missions and reach their goals. See how they make it work in day-to-day operation.
    • Get tips and ideas your can use in your own camp. This is good rationale to share with your supervisor or board.

    A Chance to Share

    • Our campers deserve the best. ACA is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience. When you help more camps maintain their accreditation or become accredited, you play a significant part in fulfilling our ACA mission.
    • It's a way to give something back. You have learned so much about how to operate a quality camp through the accreditation program, now you have a way to make sure that others can have the same chance for knowledge and growth that you have had.

    Way to Keep Costs Down

    • This is a voluntary educational program operated by trained visitors who are volunteers. If the association had to pay for standards visitors, the program would become very costly, and camps' shares of the fees would increase dramatically.


    Start the Process!

    Please contact your local area's standards staff member:

    Danielle Pinney, Standards Manager – Western Region -

    Amanda Zoellner, Standards Manager – Central Region -

    Brandie Le Clair, Standards Manager – Eastern Region -

    Kyle Medeiros, Associate Director of Standards - ACA, New York & New Jersey -

    Elizabeth Snell, Director of Accreditation Services - ACA, New England -

    Colette Marquardt, Executive Director - ACA, Illinois -