Camp Lawrence is very proud to be a member of the American Camp Association. For the parent or guardian of a camper, this means that we have met or exceeded the high standards this association requires of its members. This is important since it proves that Camp Lawrence has both submitted documentation to as well as has received an inspection visit from ACA trained staff. It means that Camp Lawrence is a place that you can send your child with confidence that she or he is attending one of the finest camps in our country. We at Camp are proud of our ACA certification and committed to continue to striving to improve our Camp and the camping experience of the youth who come to us.
The American Camp Association website provides the following reasons accreditation is important to YOU.
ACA accreditation is the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children. Accreditation assures parents that camp practices have been measured against national standards and go a step beyond a state's basic licensing requirements.
Because accreditation is voluntary, parents know the camp is committed to best practices. Currently, only 25-30 percent of an estimated 8,500 day and resident camps seek accreditation. Accreditation is an educational process–providing training, guidelines, programs, and publications for camp directors and staff.
ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as THE standards of the camp industry. The ACA accreditation program has a 50 year history and is continually evaluated and updated to reflect current best practice in camps. ACA collaborates with experts from many fields such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to be sure required practices are current and sound. ACA standards are revised based on research in the public, legal, youth development, and camp arenas.
No environment is risk free. However, ACA camps voluntarily go through a rigorous risk management process to prevent illness or injury to campers–and to have solid crisis plans if an emergency does occur. Camp provides a supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries to help children grow.
At least once every three years, an outside team of trained professionals observe the camp in session to verify compliance with over 300 standards. Accreditation standards cover all aspects of camp operation:
- Site/Food Service: Fire protection, maintenance, sleeping areas, bathing/toilet facilities, food service areas and practices
- Transportation: Driver and vehicle requirements, traffic control, transportation safety
- Health Care: Staff and facility requirements, medication management, required health information and record keeping
- Management: Safety and security regulations, staff emergency training, crisis communications, insurance, planning
- Staffing: Staff qualification, training, rations, supervision and behavior management guidelines
- Program: Goals for camper development, orientation and safety policies for general and specialized programs, including aquatics, challenge courses, trips, and horseback riding
For more information on the ACA. please visit their website at: www.acacamps.org