American Camp Association New York

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Standards and Accreditation

   The main 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, then, is responsible for ongoing implementation of these 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 Camp Database provides the public with an easy way to search for the ideal ACA-accredited camp. 

ACA Accreditation is the best evidence parents have of a camp's commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children. ACA Accreditation means that your child's camp cares enough to undergo regular reviews of its operation.  

 Start your Accreditation process by becoming an ACA Affiliated Camp! Click here for the Camp Membership Application.   **

**All Accreditation requests must be received by March 1st in order to guarantee a visit for the upcoming summer.

ACA, NY and NJ Affiliate Award Descriptions


 Check back soon for our upcoming training calendar and registration form!


Confirm/Update your ACA Contact Information * It is very important that the contact information in your ACA Profile is current so that  your camp contact and visit partner can easily reach you.   

Vis itor Information Form 2014 (Coming Soon!)- Your preferences matter! Help us make the best match for you by briefly answering a few questions on this form. Your User Name is the same as your ACA membership #.  Call Eric or Quinton at 212-391-5208 or ACA Inc. 800-428-2267 if you do not have your number handy, we are happy to help you.

 Expanded Self-Assessment Checklist   - The ACA NYNJ Standards Committee strongly recommends that visitors reveiw as many documents as possible during the Camp Self Assessment Reveiw.  The attached worksheet lists all standards requiring written documentation.


       *All camps being visited in 2014 must fill out the Camp Information Form 

       *Step by Step: How to use  “My Accreditation”,  new on-line tool for managing visit paperwork