American Camping Association Standards (ACA )
Why an ACA-Accredited Camp? Not just a “Member”… There is a BIG difference!
ACA Accreditation means that your child’s camp cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. 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 your child’s camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety. ACA helps member camps 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. ACA is THE Camping Industry Standard! The Standards required by the American Camp Association (ACA) is a voluntary process that includes meeting standards yearly and conducting a visit every 5 years. Yearly a variety documents have to be presented to ACA and a Standards Visit is conducted every 5 years. The aim of the process is to ensure a high quality of safety and well being for the campers that attend summer camps each summer in the USA. Many of the ACA standards provide a benchmark for safety that are greater than federal and state and local guidelines. The ACA standards cover all areas of camp and Riverview score is 100% on applicable standards. It is an intense process and all of us at Riverview Camp feel that the work involved and the yearly self-evaluation of the standards is an integral part of the quality of camp and makes us better, safer and more prepared for each summer. During Orientation, the staff attends an onsite ACA workshop by Director Susan Hooks and Assistant Donna Bares.