Our Commitment to Excellence — ACA Accreditation

As camp professionals, we understand that your biggest concern is for the safety of your children or campers.  We also know you have goals for your camper’s development related to the powerful lessons the camp experience provides in community, character building, skill development, and healthy living.  We share those same goals, which is why we have taken the added step of becoming an Accredited Camp through the American Camp Association (ACA).

 

Who Is ACA?

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals, who, for more than 100 years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience to ensure high quality camp programs for children, youth and adults.  ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience.  Our association is dedicated to helping our members and all camps provide:

  • Camp communities committed to a safe, nurturing environment
  • Caring, competent adult role models
  • Healthy, developmentally appropriate experiences
  • Service to the community and the natural world
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth
  • Discovery, experiential education, and learning opportunities
  • Excellence and continuous quality improvement

What Are the Standards of Accreditation?

The ACA standards of accreditation focus on health, safety, and risk management, as are widely used as operational benchmarks for the camp industry by local, state, and federal government entities, insurance companies, and courts of law.  Our camp and program successfully completed the peer-review process, which includes a visit by an ACA-trained team of standards volunteers, signifying that we meet the standards applicable to our program.  ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to ensure that current practices at our camp reflect the highest and most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.

 

We Set Our Standards High

To be accredited by ACA, we had to demonstrate sound practices in every aspect of camp management and operation, including:

  • Site: Fire protection, food service, sleeping quarters, utility and maintenance systems.
  • Transportation: Procedures concerning drivers, vehicles, and traffic on site.
  • Health and Wellness: Staff qualifications, facilities requirements, record keeping, storage and distribution of medicines, contact information, health forms.
  • Operational Management: Safety regulations, emergency communication systems, procedures for intruders, personal property regulations.
  • Human Resources: Staff qualifications, screening and training, supervision ratios, and procedures.
  • Program Activities: Aquatics, adventure/challenge, trips, horseback riding, and staff qualifications for special programs.

Mandatory standards also include requirements for staff screening, emergency exits, first aid, aquatic-certified personnel, storage and use of flammables and firearms, emergency transportation, obtaining appropriate health information, among others.

 

What the ACA Accreditation Standards Mean to You and Your Child

ACA Accreditation serves as an assurance to families that our camp cares enough to submit to a transparent, thorough review of our entire operation.  Our goal is to provide parents with as much information about our camp, to reassure your choice in a camp.  Our voluntary participation in the professional development and accreditation process of the American Camp Association demonstrates our commitment to providing you and your child with the best possible camp experience.

For more information about ACA Accreditation, contact us at (559) 683-4938 or visit the American Camp Association website at www.ACACamps.org