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Tip #8--Guidelines in Choosing the Right Summer Opportunities for your Child

Top 10 topics to discuss when choosing the right summer opportunity for your child continues with tip# 7 (accreditation)

Choosing the right summer opportunity for your child is a process.  When you meet with camp directors you are prepared to talk about program & facility but how do you talk about industry standards?  For example, NYC restaurants are proudly displaying their Department of Health Grade, and the beautician at the salon hangs their certificate; they do these things so consumers can see that they meet the industry standards.  Do you know what the standards are for the camping industry? 

Topic Tip #8

Accreditation- Find out if the program follows a nationally known accreditation process.  Ask for those standards to be outlined.  Find out if their camp program is inspected each summer by the Department of Health. Understand what it means to be Accredited by the American Camp Association (The "ACA" is the only national organization which establishes uniform standards for reviewing camps) and ask if the program has chosen to participate.

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