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profen4
10-15-2010, 01:11 AM
Do any of you guys know if there is a governing body that checks out summer camps for kids? Gives them the approval to operate and checks that they're following rules that might exist?

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Mayfield
10-15-2010, 01:55 AM
There are accreditation programs. I know the camps I went to/worked at were all in CA and they were WAIC accredited (Western Association of Independent Camps). There are standards that have to be met and site visits.

I think that group may be a regional part of the American Camp Association, but I'm not sure. Anyway, accreditation is not mandatory...it is voluntary. Pretty sure camps have to be licensed in their state, though.

profen4
10-15-2010, 04:10 AM
Thanks Mayfield, I appreciate the information, that helps a lot. Cheers.

jeseymour
10-15-2010, 11:07 PM
American Camp Association in the US. http://www.acacamps.org/ It is voluntary. Different states probably have different rules regarding licensing.

psykeout
10-16-2010, 10:05 AM
When I went to day camp in NY, it wasn't accredited. It was more along the lines of being the cheapest and closest to where I was. Also, word of mouth helps out a great deal. But...that's just me.

Kitty Pryde
10-16-2010, 10:36 AM
Yes, when I worked at camp (03-06), every so many years the ACA person would come out and check everything out and give us a score. You might be able to find a checklist somewhere. IIRC it's mostly stuff like hygiene and safety and general competency. In Cali, there's no licensing requirements that I know of beyond what a regular business has to have (like have workers comp, insurance, OSHA and whatnot).

profen4
10-19-2010, 07:54 AM
Thanks guys, this was really helpful.