What Does Hi-Hills Camp Accreditation Signify to Families? July 22, 2016

Hi-Hills has been an accredited member of the American Camp Association (ACA) for the past 30 years. An ACA accreditation signifies that the Hi-Hills camp directors, together with Gill St. Bernard’s School, are committed to providing and maintaining the best practices in camp operation. These guidelines for accreditation are set forth by a collaborative panel of experts from the ACA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other noted youth-serving agencies. During a re-accreditation process, a thorough review of over 300 health, safety and program operation procedures are evaluated and reviewed to ensure that a camp is meeting its nationally-recognized standards.

So, what kind of standards are there at ACA? There are guidelines for camper-to-staff ratios for every age group, goals for camper activities, food service guidelines, staff qualifications, safety regulations, requirements for emergency transportation, first-aid facilities, training for special programs and staff and many more!

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Accreditation is not a requisite for running a camp; rather, it is a voluntary one. There is a financial investment as well as the ongoing commitment to stay current on camp trends and standardized practices. More importantly, an ACA accreditation is a visual industry benchmark and acknowledgement to campers and their families, the community at large, and to the state, that Hi-Hills provides a safe, nurturing and quality camp experience for children ages three to 16. ACA standards are recognized mandates by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.

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Camps offered at Hi-Hills are all accredited as they each serve a distinct audience. Whether you are exploring Kinder Camp for your preschooler, a traditional day camp for a child in grades one through six, Teen Travel for middle schoolers, or lastly, our new Leaders of Tomorrow Camp for rising high school students seeking to foster leadership skills as well as develop their communication and decision making skills, our camps reflect a commitment to the growth and development of each and every child. Each program is recognized for its “intrinsic merit in enriching the lives through the camp experience,” the tagline of American Camp Association (ACA).

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Camp prepares a child for life and provides opportunities to foster key life skills like responsibility, cooperation, courage and self-esteem. We at Hi-Hills certainly agree: we’ve been doing it for 50 years!

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