Sloper receives ACA accreditation: YMCA camp honored for 9th consecutive year

YMCA Campers paddle on the waters of Camp Sloper. The local summer camp has been accredited by the ACA for the 9th straight year.

YMCA Campers paddle on the waters of Camp Sloper. The local summer camp has been accredited by the ACA for the 9th straight year.

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

YMCA Camp Sloper has once again received accreditation from the American Camp Association (ACA.)

For the ninth straight year, the camp passed evaluations of more than 300 camp standards to receive accreditation from the ACA, the nation’s only independent accrediting organization for camp operations.

Staff, volunteers, and facilities at Sloper were evaluated to assure that standards were met in several categories, including food service, transportation, health, activities, and human resources.

“The accreditation program helps camps like ours promote and further develop an environment for kids, teens and staff to have fun and be safe in,” said Shane Altwies, Outdoor Center Program Director at the camp.

The ACA collaborates with The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to ensure the best environment for campers.

Mark Pooler, Outdoor Center Director, said the staff and volunteers have worked hard since 2007 to maintain the necessary qualifications.

Pooler said he hopes parents will feel confident that their children are offered both fun and safe experiences at Camp Sloper, knowing that ACA standards have been met.

“It assures our families that the right programs and policies are in place, and that we are running a top notch day program,” said Pooler.

Approaching its 67th summer, Sloper offers summer day camp programs for children from preschool through grade 10, running from June to August with more than 2,500 campers each year.

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