ACA Standards and Accreditation – Things To Know!

ACA has completed another successful accreditation year visiting over 650 camps and reviewing close to 1000!

With another "accreditation year" behind us, we continue to move forward working to make ACA accreditation more relevant and assessable to all types of camps. It is a busy world when it comes to ACA standards and accreditation!

Fall 2016 CampLine

The 2016 Fall CampLine features the annual Camp Crisis Hotline review, information on FLSA and overtime rules for camps, and an article on tripping and travel camps.

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Case Studies from the 2016 Crisis Hotline Annual Review

Each year, the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline Team identifies several case studies for a more in-depth look. These cases serve as examples for other camps to use in staff training and the development of their own risk management plans. Our hope is that by understanding the actual crisis events encountered by other camps, your camp can learn and prepare for the future.

ACA Camp Crisis Hotline Annual Review 2016

Since 1985, the American Camp Association® (ACA) has provided crisis support to camps through the confidential ACA Camp Crisis Hotline. This service is available 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year. Camps contact the Hotline to receive support, discuss options, or talk to an objective third party.

2016 Winter CampLine

2016 Winter CampLine coverThe 2016 Winter CampLine revisits the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contains information on starting and utilizing an effective risk management committee, and provides on update on several camp-related public policy issues. 

Fall 2015 CampLine

The 2015 Fall CampLine features the annual Camp Crisis Hotline review, information regarding individuals who identify as non-gender conforming,  and an article on the use of camp facilities and equipment by off-duty staff.

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Debriefing after Critical Incidents at Camp

Camp is often associated with fun, friends, and nature. However, there are times at camp when very serious events occur that may take away from the fun campers and staff experience. Sometimes those events are so emotionally intense that an emotional debriefing is recommended. The purpose of this article is to identify aspects of incidents that may require debriefing in the camp situation, discuss differing approaches to debriefing individuals involved in the incident (i.e.

Anatomy of a Lawsuit


Running a quality operation is the best way to reduce the risk of injury or other loss that may lead to camper families or others taking legal action against a camp. And camps, as an industry, are not frequently named in litigation. Prudent camp operation and strong, sometimes multigeneration loyalties often produce an amicable resolution of issues or incidents that avoids litigation. Importantly, if a lawsuit is filed (and this is true of lawsuits generally), most suits result in settlement before a trial.

Utilizing the Civil Rights Law to Better Include Participants with Disabilities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 2.8 million school-aged children with disabilities in the United States. Their functional limitations range from effected hearing and vision to diminished mobility and cognition. For children diagnosed with disabilities, participation in recreation and camp activities becomes paramount in positively contributing to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.