Review Annual Accreditation Report (AAR)

AAR Reviewers

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Currently trained standards visitors (at any level) are eligible to be reviewers. Those who volunteer to complete reviews will be randomly assigned to review Annual Accreditation Reports. Any ACA-Accredited camp that is not scheduled for an on-site visit in 2018 must complete the 2018 Annual Accreditation Report (AAR).


Annual Accreditation Report (AAR)

ACA-Accredited Camps


About the Annual Accreditation Report

The Annual Accreditation Report allows camps to demonstrate compliance with accreditation standards in nonvisit years by submitting a narrative report. The purpose of the report is:

Risk Management and Insurance: Vehicle Risks

Camp vehicle risks are among the scariest for camp owners, directors/risk managers, and insurance company underwriters because the risks to which camp vehicles are exposed are not entirely within your control. In addition, each camp is different. Some have a minimal transportation risk but others, especially day camps and resident camps with trip programs, have significant transportation risk.

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History of Accreditation Process Updates

Update – February, 2018

Over the past 18 months, we have been providing you regular updates on the work of the ACA National Standards Commission (NSC) to implement the directive of the ACA board to develop a foundation of both accreditation standards and definitions that apply to all programs to be accredited, as well as develop modules for each program type (such as resident, day, campus-related programs, or others)

Important Updates From the National Standards Commission - Winter 2016

The ACA National Standards Commission is a key group of volunteers whose purpose is to develop, monitor, and implement an accreditation program for the ACA that achieves the ends of the organization, resulting in higher quality camp experiences and a greater understanding of and support for the value of the camp experience with both internal and external audiences.  

Members of this group include Judith Bevan, Chair, Gail Albers, Jed Buck, John Dovic, Michael Jacobus, Beth Johns-Thomas, Ann McCollum, and Dan Reynolds. 

Standards Courses at the ACA National Conference - 2018


Each camp/program wishing to go through the ACA accreditation process in 2018 must have at least one person from their camp/program who will be actively involved with the preparation of materials, on site a significant amount of time during the season, and on-site the day of the visit attend a Basic Standards Course (new camps/new directors) or a Standards Update Course (director/staff from currently accredited camp who has helped with the preparation of materials and been actively involved in the on-site visit). 

ACA Standards That Relate to Staff Screening, Supervision, and Training

The health and safety of campers is of utmost importance to the American Camp Association. Because of this, there are several standards that specifically address staff screening, supervision ratios, and topics to be covered during staff training. While there is no “silver bullet” to protect campers from abuse, ACA believes a systematic, multi-prong approach produces the desired outcome of camper protection. The following list is only a partial list of the ACA standards a camp must meet in order to be accredited. 

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