If you follow our Facebook page, you know that in December the 4-H Center received the official, written notification of our reaccreditation by the American Camp Association. While that's a big deal for us, and represents a lot of hard work and dedication, we realize that many of our campers, parents, and other clients and stakeholders may not know much about ACA or why we are a part of that organization.
The American Camp Association is the professional association and standards body of the camping industry. For over 100 years, the camping professionals of the ACA have come together to teach & learn, share knowledge, and set a high standard of quality for youth camping in the United States. Today, over 2400 camps are accredited by ACA. The accreditation process has become the industry standard for safety, program quality, and overall excellence in youth camping.
The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is a member of the Virginias Section (member camps in Virginia and West Virginia) of ACA, and we have been accredited for over 15 years. To maintain accreditation, the Center must undergo a process that includes meeting up to 300 standards for facility management, staff training and screening, emergency preparedness, safety and healthcare, program design and more. We work hard each year to ensure and document that we meet these standards. Every three years, we are visited by representatives of ACA to tour our camp facility and check for compliance, as well as a thorough examination of our policies, procedures, and documentation. It's certainly not an easy task, but it's important to making sure that our camp program is the best it can be and that all of our campers have a safe, fun and educational experience.
For more information on the American Camp Association, check out their website.