Accreditation Information for ACA, Wisconsin

Accreditation Year Timeline

February 1 – Camp Information Form due
March 1 – New camp applications and fees due
March – Visitor assignments sent via e-mail
March 31 – Deadline for new camps to complete training
May 1 – Written Document Review materials submitted to visitor
June-August – On-site visit (most visits take place during the summer months)
October 31 – Camp notified of accreditation status

Camps being visited in 2019 will use the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition. Currently accredited camps and visitors will receive their copies when they attend in-person trainings. Copies will be sent to new camps upon payment of fees. All fee-paying camps have access to a complete set of the 2019 standards via My Accreditation v.2019

Standards Training

Current standards training is required when a camp is anticipating an accreditation visit. 

  • Accreditation Process Workshop – This workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits in 2019 and beyond. The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past. Every camp being visited must have at least one person who completes the workshop on behalf of the camp; that person must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit. 
  • Visitor Update Course – This workshop is designed for current standards visitors. It must be completed by any visitor before he/she is assigned as a visitor for accreditation visits in 2019 and beyond. If a visitor is also a representative for a camp preparing for an accreditation visit in 2019, this course also fulfills the training requirement for the camp. 

Courses are generally free, and participants are asked to bring their lunches. If lunch is provided, there is a fee to cover the cost of lunch. Your registration IN ADVANCE is appreciated, so we can ensure that the proper materials are available for everyone who attends.

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Virtual Office Hours for Accreditation in 2019

Working on preparing for your upcoming visit? Join us for virtual office hours each month to help you walk through some of the specifics of your accreditation preparation. Learn about resources available from ACA, dig deeper into each section of standards, get an organizing tip of the month, and more. Each session will include opportunity for open discussion, questions and coaching with central region standards instructors and ACA staff.

Sessions will take place on Zoom. Internet connection and speakers/microphone are required. A webcam is optional. Register for one or all the sections and receive confirmation and calendar information directly from Zoom.

Prerequisite: Actively preparing for an ACA accreditation visit in 2019 or beyond. Access to a copy of the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition, or a digital copy of the standards, is strongly recommended. Completion of an Accreditation Process Workshop prior to participating in virtual office hours is ideal.

Dates, Registration, and Recordings

Whom to Contact for Standards-related Questions

Sarah Resch
ACA, Wisconsin Standards Chair

Danielle Polzin
ACA, Wisconsin Standards Chair

  • Questions about the application of specific standards
  • Questions or explanation of scoring
  • Local Review or Appeal of scores after a visit

Abby Burbank
Standards Manager

  • Training schedules
  • Administrative questions, resource requests
  • Questions about the application of specific standards
  • Visitor/Camp contact information
  • General accreditation program questions