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

By American Camping Association

A entire source for early life organizations, associations, companies, and libraries that includes ACA s 2012 camp courses and companies accreditation criteria and implementation directions in a perfect-bound quantity. To the general public, ACA accreditation implies that ACA has evaluated the complete camp operation. The 2012 criteria are designed to do exactly that overlaying the entire significant prone and courses provided. the most objective of the ACA accreditation software is to coach camp vendors and administrators within the management of key facets of camp operation, fairly these relating to software caliber and the future health and defense of campers and employees. the criteria determine instructions for enforcing guidelines, techniques, and practices. one other goal of ACA accreditation is to aid the general public in picking camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized criteria.

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Figure 1. Example of a standard with multiple components In some instances, there may be more than one scorable item under the same standard’s primary number and heading; each additional scorable item is identified with an additional number subordinate to the primary standard number. 2 (see Figure 2 on page 21). Each part of the standard, although under the same heading, is scored independently. Mandatory Standards Some standards are designated as mandatory. The word “MANDATORY” appears in the margin next to the standard.

Licensing focuses on the enforcement of minimum standards. Accreditation focuses on education and evaluation of camp operations, using standards that often go beyond the minimum requirements of licensing. ACA standards identify practices considered basic to a quality camp experience. They do not, however, require all programs to look alike. The ACA accreditation program serves a broad range of facilities and programs: some primitive, some rustic, others highly developed. Each will have addressed in its own way the concerns identified by the standards.

The programs may be short or long sessions. The group utilizing the camp facilities and maintaining the responsibility for programming is called the rental group. To assist camps in determining standard applicability, the modes are identified in the margin next to each standard (under the “Applies to” heading). org. ” These resources include skill verification charts, examples of various policies and procedures, checklists of what standards to score when offering specialized activities, and more.

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