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

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A complete source for adolescence businesses, 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 whole camp operation. The 2012 criteria are designed to just do that protecting all of the significant prone and courses provided. the most function of the ACA accreditation software is to coach camp proprietors and administrators within the management of key elements of camp operation, rather these concerning software caliber and the well-being and defense of campers and employees. the criteria determine guidance for imposing guidelines, approaches, and practices. one other objective of ACA accreditation is to aid the general public in deciding on camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized criteria.

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A “playground” is a play area with constructed apparatus in a defined space on which campers swing, climb, slide, jump, and play in an unstructured way. It does not include gymnastics or initiatives equipment in which an individual or group activity is directed, or an open field or games court. A playground includes a single swing, tire swing or other “homemade” equipment and the related area to any such apparatus. Staff should establish a schedule for checking playgrounds used by campers, on a regular basis if used daily, or immediately prior to the experience if used only occasionally by campers.

Directors may also want to check with local officials (such as fire officials or insurance underwriters) for other recommendations concerning the storage and handling of flammable and poisonous substances. 1 does not apply if no flammable, explosive, poisonous materials or livestock medications are used or stored on site. 32. 1 Does the camp make annual contact with applicable local emergency officials to notify them of the camp’s dates of operation (seasonally or year-round) and to verify appropriate emergency response information?

The standards establish guidelines for implementing policies, procedures, and practices. 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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