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.

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.

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.


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.

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?

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)

Annual Accreditation Report (AAR)

Camps in a non-visit year may submit a 2020 Annual Accreditation Report (AAR) from December 1, 2019, until  Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Note: AAR reviewers will be assigned beginning in mid-January. 


2020 Annual Accreditation Report

Camps currently accredited and not scheduled for an onsite visit in 2020 need to submit an AAR by SaturdayFebruary 1, 2020.