The American Camp Association offers rigorous accreditation to both member and non-member camps. According to the ACA, the main purpose of the 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. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices. The camp, then, is responsible for ongoing implementation of these policies.”
We like to think we know what we’re doing at camp, but we also rely on this third party verification to make absolutely sure that we are up to date with industry standards and are able to deliver the best camp program to our campers.
The secondary purpose of ACA accreditation is to be a metric for parents to use in evaluating camps. Accreditation isn’t necessarily easy, but there are no standards that a well-run camp shouldn’t be able to meet. Accreditation can give parents peace of mind that the camp that they choose for their child meets all policies, procedures, and practices that the ACA has found to be important in creating a safe and fun camp experience.
Camp Champions strives to be the best camp program in Texas. We consistently improve our facility from year to year, we stay current on youth development research, and we spend months vetting a top-notch staff. Taking the steps to stay current on our ACA accreditation is a no-brainer to give our parents confidence that we are running the best camp program possible.