Why Choose an ACA-Accredited Camp?

Posted by Kelly, Camp Director on 5 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Summer camp can be a powerful and transformative experience for children and teens, because at camp youth are given the physical and mental freedom to explore nature as well as a different aspect of themselves. Camp pushes kids to be more independent, to try new activities, make friends from different communities and cultures, and consider unique opinions and traditions. At camp, kids are immersed in a new community and they get to choose how they fit into that community.

There are many kinds of camps out there for kids to enjoy, from traditional day and overnight camps, to sports camps, recreation programs, and more. Whether or not Camp Talooli is the camp you choose to send your child to this summer, an important factor to consider is how the camp is accredited.

Camp Talooli is permitted by the New York State Health Department and accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). While we, and any other camp, are required to be visited and inspected by the Health Department each year, ACA accreditation is a voluntary process by which we undergo a review of our complete operation.

Here is some information about ACA Accreditation:

What is ACA Accreditation?

This means that a camp has voluntarily chosen to undergo a review of all camp operations, with more than 300 standards covering everything from staff hiring and training to emergency procedures and program delivery. We are then visited by trained ACA Visitors, who review our written policies and procedures and take a tour of camp while it’s in session to ensure that we are following our own policies.

What are the goals of the American Camp Association and accreditation?

  • Healthy, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences
  • Discovery through experiential education
  • Caring, competent role models
  • Service to the community and the environment
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

What types of standards does ACA accreditation cover?

  • Site and food service – practices and procedures to ensure that buildings, equipment, and kitchens are well maintained, safe, and healthy
  • Transportation – ensures that drivers, vehicles, and policies are safe and regularly checked
  • Health and Wellness – qualifications of on-site medical provider, first-aid procedures, medication delivery and storage, collection and storage of health information for campers and staff, etc
  • Operational Management – procedures to review and reduce potential risks at camp, insurance coverage, safety orientations, emergency procedures, etc,
  • Human Resources – hiring procedures, staff training plans, supervision ratios, staff screening and background checks,
  • Program Design and Activities – promotes practices at all activities that are safe, allow for the progression of skills, work toward a set of goals, and are supervised by qualified individuals
  • Aquatics – high standards for swimming and boating activities that are supervised by qualified individuals with safety precautions, and well-planned emergency procedures

 

Visit the ACA website to locate accredited camps and find more information for camp parents: acacamps.org

 

 

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