Camp Scully has been accredited by the American Camp Association® (ACA) since 2004. We take pride in our accreditation as we believe it helps make our camp a safer, more enjoyable and better environment in which your child can learn and grow. Camp Scully has gone to great lengths, been evaluated and passed the test of creating a quality program that addresses the health and safety of campers and staff.
ACA Accreditation means that Camp Scully cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. The American Camp Association® collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and the ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.
The ACA helps Camp Scully provide:
- 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
Here are some common questions parents ask of ACA accreditation.
What’s the difference between state licensing of camps and accreditation by the ACA?
Accreditation is voluntary and ACA accreditation assures families that Camp Scully has made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Licensing is mandatory and requirements vary from state to state. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.
How do the ACA standards exceed state licensing requirements?
The ACA goes beyond basic requirements for health, cleanliness, and food service into specific areas of programming, including camp staff from director through counselors, emergency management plans, health care, and management. The ACA applies separate standards for activities such as waterfront, horseback riding, and adventure and travel.
What are some of the ACA standards that camps rely on?
- Staff to camper ratios are appropriate for different age groups
- Goals for camp activities are developmentally based
- Emergency transportation available at all times
- First-aid facilities and trained staff available when campers are present
How can I verify that my child's camp is ACA accredited?
Parents can (and should) verify the accreditation status of any camp at any time by visiting the ACA's Web site at www.ACAcamps.org or by calling 1-800-428-CAMP.
If your child's camp isn't ACA accredited, ask WHY NOT?
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