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ACA Accreditation
The main purpose of the ACA accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of camp operations, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety aspects of campers and staff. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices. The camp then is responsible for ongoing implementation of those policies.

A second purpose of the ACA accreditation program is to assist the public in selecting camps which meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards.

Unlike inspections by state licensing bodies, ACA accreditation is voluntary. Accreditation indicates to the public that the camp adminstration has voluntarily allowed its practices to be compared with the standards established by professionals in the camping industry. Licensing focuses on the enforcement of minimum operating standards. Accreditation focuses on education and evaluation of one's operation using standards that go beyong the minimum requirements of licensing. ACA standards identify practices considered basic to quality camping. The ACA accreditation programs serve a broad range of facilities and programs: some primitive, some rustic, others highly developed. Each will have addressed in its own way the concerns identified by the standards. The following NAD camps have been accredited either by the American Camping Association or by the equivalent Canadian Association:
Big Lake Youth Camp – Oregon
Camp Alamisco – Gulf States
Camp Au Sable – Michigan
Camp Blue Ridge – Patomic
Camp Cherokee – New York
Camp Frenda – Ontario
Camp Heritage – Iowa-Missouri
Camp Hope – British Columbia
Camp Kulaqua – Florida
Camp Mivoden – Upper Columbia C
Camp Thunderbird – South Central
Camp Victory Lake – Northeastern
Camp Wakonda – Wisconsin
Camp Wawona – Central California
Camp Whitesand – Manitoba-Saskatchewan
Camp Winnekea – Southern New England
Flag Mountain Camp – Dakota
Foothills SDA Camp – Alberta
Glacier View Ranch – Rocky Mountain
Indian Creek Youth Camp – Kentucky Tennessee
Laurel Lake Camp – Pennsylvania
Leoni Meadows Camp - Northern California
Mt. Aetna Retreat Center – Chesapeake
Pine Springs Ranch – Southeastern California
Sunset Lake Youth Camp – Washington

Look for the accreditation designation at the top of each camp page.
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