Fridays with Franky: An ACA Accredited Camp!
Hi Everyone! It’s me Franky, the WeHaKee camp dog sharing some of my thoughts on this Friday. You know, going to camp for the summer – it’s kind of a big deal! The thought of sending a child away from home to a setting you may not know much about can be daunting to a parent. It’s important to know as much about that camp as you can before you make that choice. The American Camp Association (ACA) has provided one important way you can ease your anxieties about which camp is best and more importantly safest. The ACA is the accrediting body for camps across the country who want to ensure they are following the best practices in the camping industry.
“ACA Accreditation means that your child’s camp cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.”
WeHaKee Camp for Girls has been accredited for several decades. In addition, the directors, Maggie & Bob Braun, are both ACA Accreditation Visitors – which means they visit other camps to review and score those camp operation against the set standards of the ACA accreditation program – ensuring that they are well versed in the application of the standards for the operation of WeHaKee.
Creating a welcoming and exciting camp community and one that is safe and developmentally appropriate is a lot of work. Participating in the ACA Accreditation program offers a comprehensive framework to guide a camp to successfully providing quality experiences for every participant. It is important to note that only 1 in 4 camps across the country have achieved ACA Accreditation and WeHaKee is proud to be able to post the accreditation logo on all of their materials!
Well, thanks for hanging with me today. Have a great weekend!