Summer Camp Counselor with campers at Under the Sun camp

Carmel Parks’ Summer Camp Series Earns ACA-Accredited Camp Status 

Carmel, Ind. (November 9, 2022) – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s (CCPR) Summer Camp Series has received ACA-Accredited® Camp status from the American Camp Association® (ACA).

ACA Accreditation means that CCPR’s Summer Camp Series submitted to a thorough review of its operation by the ACA — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — and complied with the highest standards in the industry.

“Earning ACA Accreditation is a great honor,” said Jennifer Brown, CCPR Summer Camp Series Director. “It validates our team’s dedication and efforts to make summer camp a safe, engaging environment for children. This achievement demonstrates our excellence in operations, especially in the area of camper and staff safety.”

ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. ACA’s nationally recognized standards program focuses primarily on the program quality, health and safety aspects of a camp’s operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.

The Sumer Camp Series annually serves more than 6,000 children. Each year, the Summer Camp Series offers 12 camp options for ages 5-15 years ranging from specialty to traditional camps. 

In addition to ACA Accreditation, CCPR has been nationally accredited since 2014 through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA Accreditation evaluates an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and services to the community, giving residents confidence that all areas of the park system, including camps, are managed based on established best practices for parks and recreation.

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