Statement of Compliance

American Camp Association Accreditation describes the operations of the programs and services by an owner/director. This may be sought by a camp operating on its own property, on the property belonging to someone else, or by camps who rent/lease facilities to other groups who retain the responsibility for part or all of their own program. Accreditation applies to all camp programs and services offered under the same camp name throughout the year, except for single day events.

Preparing for an Accreditation On-Site Visit

On-Site Visit Year Timeline

Fall-Winter

Complete an Accreditation Process Workshop as early as possible

January

Sign annual Statement of Compliance (currently accredited camps)

February 1

Closer Look: Annual Accreditation Report for Reviewers

Welcome to the Closer Look Video Series. This recorded on-demand video is one of many that is part of a large library of accreditation related resources offered through ACA called the ACA Accreditation Academy - your one stop shop for learning and growing from the accreditation experience. ​

Accreditation Overview

The main purpose of the ACA-accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff.

Closer Look: Annual Accreditation Report for Camps

Welcome to the Closer Look Video Series. This recorded on-demand video is one of many that is part of a large library of accreditation-related resources offered through ACA called the ACA Accreditation Academy - your one-stop shop for learning and growing from the accreditation experience. ​

First Aid/CPR Recognized Certifications

Accessible below to ACA members is a  list of certifications that 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 request a review of the certification and determine whether it can be recognized by ACA, fill out this formPlease 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.

 

CampWire Episode #13 - All Things Accreditation

In the 13th episode of CampWire, Sam spoke with ACA's Director of Accreditation Rhonda Mickelson about the recent update to ACA's standards program.

Why We Choose to Be ACA-accredited and What It Takes

The directors and staff of Geneva Glen Camp (Indian Hills, Colorado), have always approached the triennial ACA visit anticipating a very upbeat and affirming experience! Our feeling is that we simply have a quality program and we are excited to share it.

Annual Accreditation Report (AAR)

The Annual Accreditation Report is an educational tool and annual touchpoint that focuses on camps' on-going improvement of their policies, procedures, and practices. In every non-visit year, accredited camps must submit the Annual Accreditation Report to maintain accredited status; failure to submit the report will result in accreditation removal. Camps in a visit year do not submit an Annual Accreditation Report.

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