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YMCA Camp Sloper Once Again Earns ACA-Accredited Camp Status

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YMCA Camp Sloper Once Again Earns ACA-Accredited Camp Status

YMCA Camp Sloper Once Again

Earns ACA-Accredited Camp Status



Southington- The American Camp Association (ACA) announced this month that YMCA Camp Sloper has once again received ACA-Accredited Camp status.  ACA Accreditation means that YMCA Camp Sloper has successfully completed a thorough (over 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association— from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — and complies with the highest standards in the industry.


"YMCA Camp Sloper has had a partnership in place with ACA for almost ten years now. Their accreditation program helps camps like ours promote and further develop an environment for kids, teens and staff to be safe and have fun" said Shane Altwies, Outdoor Center Program Director at YMCA Camp Sloper, "ACA accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality camp programming."  In order to qualify for accreditation status, the camp was required to submit to a lengthy process of evaluation in the following areas: Site & Foodservice, Transportation, Health & Wellness, Operational Management, Human Resources, and Program Design & Activities, including Aquatics, Adventure/Challenge and Horseback Riding. “Our staff and volunteers have worked hard over the past 9 years to maintain the quality of facilities and programs that is required to meet ACA standards. We became accredited in 2007 as a way to assure parents we are offering a top rated day camp program. The accreditation process is a culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication by those committed to improving YMCA Camp Sloper” said Mark Pooler, Outdoor Center Director.


ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. Its 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 service agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.  


YMCA Camp Sloper’s accredited camp status means that parents can feel confident that their child will have a camp experience that is both fun and safe.   It is another step in a commitment to provide a life changing environment in which children can grow through new experiences while building smiles, character, and lasting memories.  “We are very proud to be an ACA Accredited camp. What this accreditation does, in my opinion, is make good camps better.  It assures our families that the right programs and policies are in place and that we are running a top notch day camp program” stated Pooler.


YMCA Camp Sloper was founded in 1949 and is a program center of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs. Located in Southington, programs are offered for children from pre-school through grade 10 beginning at the end of June and running through August.  Along with traditional camp programs, several specialty camps are available.  For more information, parents can contact YMCA Camp Sloper at 860-621-8194, or visit the camp's web site at “The staff and volunteers have already begun making plans for the 67th summer of YMCA Camp Sloper. Each year we strive to make calculated changes that will improve the quality of our program, staff and facility” stated Altwies. 


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