Accreditation & Benefits

Why become an ACA New England Accredited Camp?

Who can become an ACA New England Accredited Camp?

  • Overnight Camps
  • Day Camps
  • Private Independent Camps
  • Nonprofit Camps
  • Faith-Based Camps
  • Family Camps
  • Medical Needs Camps
  • Sports, Music, Science, or Art Camps
  • Travel Camps
  • Camps that Rent to Others
  • Camps that Run on Public or Private Property
  • Want to know if your camp is ready for Accreditation? Contact Elizabeth Snell, Director of Accreditation Services.
Why? - Accreditation

Educates Camp Owners

and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation.

Why? - Accreditation

Establishes Guidelines

for needed policies, prodecures, and practices.

Why? - Accreditation

Assists the Public

in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and governement-recognized standards.

The value of becoming an ACA New England Accredited Camp

  • Shows that your camp meets industry-accepted and government-recognized standards.
  • Shows that your camp is taking responsible steps toward the health and safety of campers and staff.
  • Provides specific actionable guidance so you don't have to guess.
  • Accreditation can reduce insurance rates.
  • A growing number of grants and funding opportunities require or weight ACA accreditation.
  • Provides 1-10 Individual Memberships with all included member benefits per camp.

Ready to get started?

Your Commitment

Take an Accreditation Process Workshop

At least one person from each camp must take a workshop. Courses are offered multiple times per year, and while an online/blended course is available, we recommend attending an in-person class when possible.

Apply and Pay Fees Annually

Camp fees are paid annually and relate to the camp's operating budget. Camp fees are typically less than 1 percent of a camp's operating budget.

Review Your Practices

You and your team will undertake the process of reviewing your practices with the standards in mind, and writing policies, procedures, guidelines, and staff training materials.

No Hidden Costs

There are no additional fees in visit years, or for training, mentoring, template documents, the Accreditation Process Guide, or the My Accreditation online tool, all of which will support your work.

Accreditation Timeline

Your Timeline

ACA recommends the camp leadership expect a minimum of six months but more generally eight to 18 months preparation time. A nine-month schedule looks something like this.
*NOTE – New England Visitors are assigned in late winter and Document Reviews occur by March.

Click this link to complete the Accreditation Application. You will be contacted by a member of our staff when it is received.

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