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

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A entire source for formative years firms, associations, companies, and libraries that includes ACA s 2012 camp courses and prone accreditation criteria and implementation instructions in a perfect-bound quantity. To the general public, ACA accreditation signifies that ACA has evaluated the full camp operation. The 2012 criteria are designed to just do that protecting the entire significant companies and courses provided. the most goal of the ACA accreditation software is to coach camp vendors and administrators within the management of key facets of camp operation, rather these with regards to application caliber and the healthiness and safeguard of campers and employees. the criteria determine guidance for enforcing guidelines, approaches, and practices. one other objective of ACA accreditation is to help the general public in deciding upon camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized criteria.

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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. , sports, academic, therapeutic, religious). Many of these camps also offer facilities and services to other program operators. Eligibility American Camp Association accreditation for camps may be sought when operating programs and services on property owned by the camp or when operating on the property belonging to someone else.

As a leading authority in youth development, ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. The Association is committed to helping its members and all camps provide: � Safe, nurturing environments � 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 self-improvement The Accreditation Program of the American Camp Association Purpose The American Camp Association is the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps.

The camp, then, is responsible for implementing and ensuring policies are followed. Another purpose of ACA accreditation is to assist the public in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and governmentrecognized standards. While standards primarily focus on health, safety, and risk management practices, accreditation is not a guarantee that the camper will be free from harm. Accreditation does, however, indicate to the public that the camp administration has voluntarily allowed its practices to be compared with the standards established by professionals in the camp industry.

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