Accreditation Support & Resources

Earning and maintaining ACA accreditation takes time and commitment.  ACA has many resources available to help you through this process including the web-based tool My Accreditation, samples of policies and procedures (Resources by Section of Standards), and forms and additional information that will assist you in this process.  

Accreditation Process Workshop Participant Handout

You are registered for an upcoming Accreditation Process Workshop.  Please download and/or print the following materials for use during the workshop prior to arriving.  Bring a device (tablet/laptop) for use during the workshop. As a participant, you are responsible for your own handouts.

Accreditation Process Workshop Participant Handout

Accreditation Office Hours 2019-2020

Are you considering becoming accredited for the first time? Working on preparing for your upcoming visit? Do you want a refresher to make sure you are meeting the standards? Looking for tips on preparing and applying standards to your program?

Correction: Three (Not Two) New Mandatory Standards for 2019

In the fall 2018 CampLine (page 17), we stated there were two new mandatory standards that will impact all ACA-accredited camps in 2019. There are actually three (two of them address locking of medication). The list below includes the three new “mandatory” standards. Two of them (SF.3 and HW.19) are current standards moved to mandatory status. HW.28.2 is a new standard.

First Aid/CPR Recognized Certifications

COVID-19 Recognized Provider Accommodations Info

 

Accessible below to ACA members is a  list of certifications which are recognized by ACA to meet specified ACA standards, based on recommendations from the certifying bodies. A camp should also verify what certifications are recognized within the state where the camp is located. This list will be updated when changes are made. To determine whether courses or certifications not listed meet requirements, contact the standards department at the ACA administrative office. Please note that ACA will only accept certification review requests directly from camp operators that are ACA accredited or have submitted an application for accreditation.

 

At this time, the American Camp Association requires that any aquatic, first aid, or CPR/AED certification must include, at minimum, 50% of course time in-person, for in-person instruction, hands-on practice, and skills assessment under the direct supervision of a certified instructor from a listed certifying organization. It is acceptable to have a portion of the course completed online (course readings, etc) prior to the in-person portion of the course. 

It is important the camp personnel verify the courses camp staff are completing both are recognized by ACA, the state (when applicable), and are appropriate for the camp's program and operation.

 

Three New Mandatory Standards for 2019

After thorough discussion and review, the ACA National Standards Commission felt it appropriate to change the status of two current accreditation standards to "mandatory" status and add a mandatory standard specific to camps that serve rental groups. This means that all currently accredited camps will need to come into compliance with these standards for the 2019 season.

The two standards that have been moved to mandatory status are:

Accreditation Office Hours – Western Region

Western Region Local Offices: Evergreen, Northern California, Oregon Trail, Rocky Mountain, Southern California/Hawaii, Southwest

Are you considering becoming accredited for the first time? Working on preparing for your upcoming visit? Do you want a refresher to make sure you are meeting the standards? Looking for tips on preparing and applying standards to your program?

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