Best practice is our standard
Camp Echo is licensed by the state of Michigan, the state in which we operate the camp.
In order to maintain our license, we must comply with 100% of about 275 standards. To verify that we are in compliance, we undergo a biannual fire inspection, an annual health inspection, and an annual program standards verification.
Accreditation is voluntary and ACA accreditation assures families that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Licensing is mandatory and requirements vary from state to state. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.
ACA goes beyond the basic requirements for health, cleanliness, and food service that are required of state licensing. ACA accreditation delves into specific areas of programming, including camp staff, emergency management plans, health care, and management. ACA applies separate standards for activities such as waterfront, horseback riding, and adventure and travel. The ACA also provides Camp Echo with extensive best-practice resources, to help keep our staff and programs in line with changing standards and expectations.