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As a camp accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), we hold ourselves to very high standards. Every year we ensure that we are meeting ACA’s various standards, and every three years we have a visit from ACA to check everything from staff ratios and certifications to water quality and building structure. Below you will find some essential points we’ve pulled from ACA’s website about the benefits of having an ACA accreditation. Our top priority is your camper!
ACA believes that all camps should become accredited. ACA accreditation verifies that a camp has complied with up to 263 standards for health, safety, and program quality. Licensing varies from state to state. ACA accreditation assures parents that the camp has had a regular, independent safety review from their peers that goes beyond state regulations. https://www.acacamps.org/campers-families/planning-camp/preparing-camp/fun-safety-aca-accredited-camps-set-standard
ACA accreditation is voluntary and assures families that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.
International cultural exchange staff are required to complete background checks that meet the standard set by the US State Department for their particular country of origin, and most placement agencies have a rigorous interview process. Accredited camps work with their placement agency to verify the appropriate background checks in writing in order to meet the related mandatory standards for ACA accreditation. There are no exceptions for international staff.
We take our ACA accreditation very seriously, as campers are our first priority. Always. We want every camper that comes to Camp Westminster to experience God’s love in a fun, outdoor, Christian environment. ACA helps us accomplish this. We know it can be difficult to let someone else care for your child, and we want to make that transition as easy as possible for you. Please take a look at the multiple resources that ACA provides on their website to learn more about this valuable accreditation and why we are so proud to say we are ACA accredited. You can verify Camp Westminster’s accreditation by the American Camp Association by visiting ACA’s website at www.ACAcamps.org or calling 1-800-428-CAMP.