2019 Accreditation Overview

After two years of information gathering, planning, and testing, in September 2018, ACA is introducing new standards for accreditation. Developed by the National Standards Commission, the revised accreditation process is designed to be more inclusive and applicable to a variety of groups, without sacrificing the intent, rigor, or integrity of the standards program.

Keys to the New Accreditation Model

  • Improved organization of the standards to eliminate redundancy
  • Continued emphasis on health, safety, and risk management for campers and staff
  • Improved technology to support camps
  • Considerations for camps on non-owned, non-accredited sites
  • Considerations for operators with multiple camps (e.g., YMCA and Girl Scouts)

What Does This Mean for My Camp?

  • The revised standards will be available beginning in September 2018 and will be used for ACA accreditation visits in 2019 and beyond.
  • Currently, ACA-accredited camps that are not being visited in 2019 will continue to follow the standards in the Accreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition. Keep your current standards book until your camp has its next scheduled visit!
  • While standards have been reorganized and combined to remove redundancy, camps currently in compliance with the standards should have no difficulty maintaining compliance through annual updates and reviews.
  • For camps not being visited in 2019, the Annual Accreditation Report will be due February 1, 2019.


Annual Accreditation Report

In the years a camp does not have a site visit, the camp is required to complete this report.  The report is a narrative based questionnaire with approximately 20 questions.  The report will go live each November, and camps will have a window of a month or two to complete the report.  To learn more about the report (location, completion, and timeline) view the 10-minute tutorial video on YouTube.  Access to the report is found at My Accreditation Online.