American Camp Association's Accreditation Standards for Camp by American Camping Association

By American Camping Association

A entire source for adolescence firms, associations, companies, and libraries that includes ACA s 2012 camp courses and prone accreditation criteria and implementation guidance in a perfect-bound quantity. To the general public, ACA accreditation signifies that ACA has evaluated the whole camp operation. The 2012 criteria are designed to do exactly that masking the entire significant companies and courses provided. the most goal of the ACA accreditation application is to coach camp vendors and administrators within the management of key facets of camp operation, relatively these with regards to software caliber and the overall healthiness and safeguard of campers and employees. the factors determine directions for imposing rules, tactics, and practices. one other function of ACA accreditation is to aid the general public in identifying camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized criteria.

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Written procedures/documents shall be evaluated by the � Visitor to see that they contain the specifics required by the standard. � Visitor interviews: Procedures or policies not specified in the standard to be in writing may be described by the camp administration, staff, or campers. � Visitor observation: The visitors’ tour around the property will give them an informal opportunity to observe facilities, interactions, and the implementation of policies and procedures in camp programs. Standards required to be “in practice” or “rehearsed” are to be verified by the � Visitor through discussion or observation to ascertain that implementation has occurred.

Such programs run as an extension of resident or day camp or may be an exclusive trip-and-travel camp, specializing in only trip, travel, or tour programs. � Short-term resident programs: Sessions are generally three nights or less, are run and staffed primarily by the camp, and include weekend retreats, short environmental programs, skill-training weekends, parent-child programs, and so on. The camp staff for these programs is sometimes supplemented by adults from a participating group. � Camps serving rental groups: This type of camp operation involves other camps, groups, or programs that rent or lease the camp’s facilities, and perhaps some services, to operate their own camping programs or retreats.

In developing and applying these standards in the accreditation process, the American Camping Association, Inc. and its s local offices do not undertake to verify the continuous adherence by those camps or directors to every applicable standards or guideline. Nor does the Association warrant, guarantee, or insure that compliance with these standards will prevent any or all injury or loss that may be caused by or associated with any person’s use of facilities, equipment, or other items or activities that are the subjects of these standards; nor does the Association assume any responsibility or liability for any such injury or loss.

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