Bridging to APG v.2019

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​What is bridging, and how did we get here?

Bridging is the adoption of the 2019 Standards by all camps by January 2022.  Bridging does not change a camp's next expected visit year nor does bridging apply to camps visited for the first time in 2019. 

In the fall of 2018, the National Standards Commission developed a new accreditation process to be more inclusive and applicable to various groups without sacrificing the standards program's intent, rigor, or integrity. All camps received this information in the fall of 2018; as a refresher, you can review the History of Accreditation Process Updates.   

How do I get the 2019 Standards?

ACA has gone GREEN! The preferred way to access the standards is through the Accreditation Portal, where the Accreditation Process Guide (APG) v.2019 can be viewed and/or downloaded on-demand.   Alternately, if your camp did not previously receive a printed APG v.2019, it can be shipped to you upon request (please request by 11/4/20).  APG's will be mailed directly from the publisher the week of November 16. If your camp is in the New England or Illinois affiliate office, please contact them directly to receive your APG. Accreditation fees must be current for access.

What learning tools are available to help?

There are many learning tools available to help strengthen your accreditation, and more to come. We hope you find them valuable for the bridging process and beyond!  Many of the learning tools are part of the newly launched Accreditation Academy. We highly encourage you to use the tools below as camps take steps to adopt the v.2019 standards, but the bridging process does not require their use.  

  • Chart of Standards and Planning Tool – This comprehensive excel spreadsheet can be filtered, sorted, and customized to meet any camp's needs.  Included is a worksheet specific to bridging with the following features:
    • v.2012 to v.2019 standards conversion
    • v.2019 standards that include an updated component and the nature of the update
    • Standards by mode of operation
    • Standards identified by mandatory and those that require written documentation
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Closer Look: Bridging

This on-demand video (approximately 30 minutes) will allow you to take a Closer Look at the bridging process and will help to magnify some of the recommendations for getting started, review the requirements of bridging, as well as explore an overview of the biggest standard changes or updates as well as highlight power tips in making the transition to the Accreditation Process Guide v.2019. This video series is a free resource however participants must register for acess through the ACA Learning Center. 

 

 

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Ask Me Anything: Accreditation Bridging

This is your opportunity to ask all the burning questions you may have around the bridging process and the Accreditation Process Guide v.2019. These 1-hour virtual group sessions are an opportunity to connect directly with a panel of trained accreditation volunteers and experts for questions and help. Get answers to your questions and learn from the questions of others.

 

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Accreditation Process Workshop - Blended Learning

While not required for the bridging process, participation in the Accreditation Process Workshop at this time is a small investment in your accreditation process. The current workshop is a requirement for on-site visits, and when the person(s) is responsible for accreditation changes, even in a non-visit year. Since there can be workshop changes to the workshop each accreditation year, we encourage taking the workshop in your visit year. The workshop is delivered this accreditation year in blended learning and virtual formats.

How do I get started on the bridging process?

As a reminder, the ACA standards establish guidelines for designing and implementing policies, procedures, and practices. The camp is responsible for implementing and ensuring the camp follows those policies, procedures, and practices.

If you are currently meeting the standards v.2012, you are well on the way to being prepared to bridge to v.2019.  It is important to note that overall, the standards intent and compliance demonstration has not changed significantly.  What has changed is reorganizing the standards into new sections, reducing redundancy by combing several standards, some rewording, and more applicable standards to the short-term mode of operation.

The following are suggestions to get your going.

  • Read the modes of operation:
    • Found in the Introduction of the APG v.2019. Access the digital Introduction in the Accreditation Portal.
    • Evaluate the camp operations for the upcoming season.  Some camps may be adapting their operations or developing new models for delivering their programs.
    • Determine your camp mode of operation for accreditation.
  • Use the Chart of Standards and Planning Tool (.xlsx) and the "Bridging v.2012 to v.2019" document worksheet.
    • Use the worksheet to make the standards number transition from v.2012 to v.2019.
    • Filtering by column L will identify the specific .v2019 standards that have an updated component.  Column M identifies the nature of the update/change.
  • ​ Watch the Closer Look: Bridging module and participate in an Ask Me Anything: Bridging conversation.  See the learning tools info above for details.
  • As part of maintaining compliance with the standards, camps should already be reviewing camp policies and procedures, at least annually. It is prudent for all accredited camps to focus on their policy and procedure analysis and make updates and changes to ensure alignment with the v.2019 standards.  

What are the next steps, we are ready to bridge to the v.2019 standards!

  1. Review and access as you feel necessary the bridging resources available to you.
  2. As in every non-visit year, camps need to submit the Annual Accreditation Report to maintain their accredited status.  The report is an educational tool and annual touchpoint that focus' on a camps on-going improvement of their policies, procedures, and practices.  Available in early December through February 1.
  3. A legally authorized camp representative must read, sign, and submit the annual Statement of Compliance for the Bridging process.  This attestation will be the accepted confirmation that the camp has adopted the standards of the Accreditation Process Guide v.2019. Available in early December.

What if I am not ready to think about bridging now?

Not a problem!  We understand that camps are managing a lot right now, and we want camps to be comfortable with adopting the v.2019 standards without having an on-site visit. Most aspects of this process are not new for maintaining accreditation, but we recognize each camp's uniqueness, and some need more time, and others are ready now.  Your next expected visit year may also be a consideration as you make your decision (see the chart below).

Our camp is not comfortable adopting the standards in the Accreditation Process Guide v.2019 without an on-site visit; what do we do?

You work hard for your accreditation, and you are proud of it!  The on-site visit is one requirement of the accreditation process and required at least every 3 or 5 years (depending on where a camp is in the visit cycle).  Camp programs change, and a camp may feel they would benefit from requesting an on-site visit before their next expected visit year.  We understand that for some camps, an on-site visit would be a more desired option than adopting the standards v.2019.  Please contact your standards staff to discuss your situation.  Note: camps that do not adopt the standards v.2019 by February 1, 2022, will be expected to go through a 2022 on-site visit.

Can you break this down by the next expected visit year? As of fall 2020

Visit Status

Preparing for a visit with standards v.2019

Complete in 2021 season the bridging 2019 process

Because you are preparing for an on-site visit, you may be ready to adopt the v.2019 standards by February 1, 2021.

Wait for the bridging 2019 process

Even though you are preparing for an on-site visit, you may be more comfortable not committing to adopting the v.2019 standards by February 1, 2021.

Annual Accreditation Report

Not required in visit year.

Statement of Compliance

It is required in all years to be signed and submitted early December through February 1 as criteria for maintaining accreditation.

Visit Status

Last visited with standards v.2012

Complete in 2021 season the bridging 2019 process

If you are ready, go for it!

Wait for the bridging 2019 process

Bridging may make better sense for some camps until preparing for the on-site visit next season. Keep in mind, bridging process is to be completed by February 1, 2022.

Annual Accreditation Report

It is required in every non-visit year to be submitted early December through February 1.

Statement of Compliance

It is required in all years to be signed and submitted early December through February 1 as criteria for maintaining accreditation.

Visit Status

Last visited with standards v.2012

Complete in 2021 season the bridging 2019 process

If you are ready, go for it!

Wait for the bridging 2019 process

Available if you are more comfortable for the 2021 season. Keep in mind, bridging process is to be completed by February 1, 2022.

Annual Accreditation Report

It is required in every non-visit year to be submitted early December through February 1.

Statement of Compliance

It is required in all years to be signed and submitted early December through February 1 as criteria for maintaining accreditation.

Visit Status

Already visited with standards v.2019

Complete in 2021 season the bridging 2019 process

Bridging does not apply.

Wait for the bridging 2019 process

Bridging does not apply.

Annual Accreditation Report

It is required in every non-visit year to be submitted early December through February 1.

Statement of Compliance

It is required in all years to be signed and submitted early December through February 1 as criteria for maintaining accreditation.

Questions?

Please reach out to a member of the Accreditation & Standards team.