Plainfield Park District day camp program achieves American Camp Association Accreditation
Last updated 11/25/2019 at 2:33pm
Plainfield Park District's Summer Day Camp program has received its accreditation from
the American Camp Association Illinois.
The ACA Accreditation process establishes policy guidelines for camp directors on key
aspects of camp operations related to program quality, health, and safety aspects for
campers and staff.
Recreation Manager Leslie Anderson, who oversees summer day camp operations for
the Plainfield Park District, said that the accreditation process took about a year and
half, starting in April 2018. Behind the scenes preparations included a 1-day workshop
as well as time to prepare documents for review ahead of site visits from ACA staff.
All told, the Park District summer camp program underwent a review of 150 standards
to achieve the accreditation, said Anderson. Areas reviewed included:
core/foundational, administration, facilities, health and wellness, staff qualifications,
training, supervision; program design and activities; and program aquatics.
All of the preparation has been worth it in order to offer parents another level of
assurance when they drop their kids off to a Plainfield Park District Summer Day Camp
program next year, said Anderson.
"It tells parents, 'We're at the safest camp under the American Camp Association
guidelines,' she said.
For a parent nervous about choosing the best summer camp experience for their child,
this offers another sign of excellence too.
"It means that we are the camp to be at," said Anderson.
Executive Director Carlo Capalbo said that the new accreditation also serves to further
the Plainfield Park District mission and vision of providing quality recreation for
"We are always looking for ways to be innovative and improve the recreation programs
we offer to families," said Capalbo.