What is ACA Accreditation?

The American Camp Association is the only nationwide organization that accredits children’s camps.

The ACA Accreditation process is a voluntary commitment by camps to the highest standards of health, safety, and program quality. 

One 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.  The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices.  The camp is then responsible for the ongoing implementation of the policies.

The second purpose of ACA Accreditation is to assist the public in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards.  ACA’s Find a Camp database is a helpful tool that assists the public in finding an ideal summer camp.

In addition to these two primary purposes, the ACA Accreditation program:

  • Has 50 years of history in developing and administering the standards program. Experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Red Cross, etc., continually work with ACA to improve and develop ACA's camp standards program
  • Accredits over 2,400 camps in the United States and Puerto Rico (nearly 400 of them here in New England).

ACA standards have been recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards for best practices in camp.