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American Camp Association's Accreditation Process Guide by American Camp Association

By American Camp Association

A field-friendly, binder-format advisor for camps that includes ACA s 2012 camp courses and providers accreditation criteria and implementation directions. To the general public, ACA accreditation implies that ACA has evaluated the full camp operation. The 2012 criteria are designed to do exactly that masking the entire significant prone and courses provided. the most objective of the ACA accreditation software is to coach camp vendors and administrators within the management of key features of camp operation, quite these regarding application caliber and the health and wellbeing and safeguard of campers and employees. the criteria identify directions for imposing rules, strategies, and practices. one other objective of ACA accreditation is to help the general public in deciding upon camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized criteria.

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The ACA community of camps promotes active participation, caring relationships, and focus on the emotional, social, spiritual, and physical growth of the individual. Camps vary in their purpose and desired outcomes, but each encourages risk taking, valuing the resources of the natural world, maintaining healthy lifestyles, and learning through a variety of fun and life-changing experiences. Because of ACA’s diverse membership and exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, characterbuilding, skill development, and healthy living.

Directors should be aware of local Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations regarding the availability and use of the MSDS. Directors may also want to check with local officials (such as fire officials or insurance underwriters) for other recommendations concerning the storage and handling of flammable and poisonous substances. 1 does not apply if no flammable, explosive, poisonous materials or livestock medications are used or stored on site. 32. 1 Does the camp make annual contact with applicable local emergency officials to notify them of the camp’s dates of operation (seasonally or year-round) and to verify appropriate emergency response information?

Two beds separated on one side by less than thirty (30) inches but having a fixed partition between them that prevents sneezing or coughing on others is acceptable for this standard. “Adequate space” means occupants can move to and from beds without major obstacles and can exit without moving luggage or furniture. State regulations range from thirty (30) to fifty (50) square feet of floor space required per person. When persons with restricted mobility are served, the arrangement in sleeping quarters should consider the functional space required for wheelchairs and other devices.

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