Accreditation & Standards

The American Camp Association is the only nationwide accrediting organization for all types and designs of organized camps. ACA standards focus on health, safety, and risk management practices.

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The main purpose of the ACA-accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff.

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Earning and maintaining ACA accreditation takes time and commitment. ACA has many resources available to help you through this process including the web-based tool, the Accreditation Portal, samples of policies and procedures, and forms and additional information that will assist you in this process.

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of the ACA-Accreditation program. Without Standards Visitors, the American Camp Association would not be able to implement the Accreditation program.

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Expand your learning and professional development via accreditation and standards by visiting the all new Accreditation Academy.