For Immediate Release
Contact: Donna Pianka, iD Tech Camps
408.871.3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Does Your Summer Camp Have ACA Credentials?
Each summer, parents send their kids off for a week or more of summer fun at various summer camps for kids and teens throughout the United States. What’s the top concern for parents? Most say “safety.”
Lori Shipley was looking for a sense of security in a cool summer computer camp environment for her son when she found out about iD Tech Camps, the nation’s largest technology camp. iD Tech Camps has been in operation since 1999 and has over sixty camps across the U.S. and Canada at America’s elite universities. iD Tech Camps provided the track record, reputation and credentials she was looking for. Beyond using state-of-the-art technology to create websites with Flash, film and edit digital movies, design video games, or learn to program in C++ or Java™—she also wanted to make sure that the mental and physical well-being of her son was a major priority for the camp.
“This was a great camp,” said Mrs. Shipley. “Everyone was very responsive to any questions we had and it was very safety-conscious. Since my son was only 7, I was a bit concerned about how he’d do, but he did great and loved it! Safety of campers is definitely iD Tech Camps’ main concern—and it shows.”
In 2001, iD Tech Camps voluntarily sought to be accredited by the authority in the camp industry, the American Camp Association, or ACA. Continuous, uninterrupted status of ACA Accreditation means being part of an elite group of summer camps for kids that pass over 300 criteria on health and safety.
“We follow ACA guidelines at each of our summer camps,” said Pete Ingram-Cauchi, CEO of iD Tech Camps. “Being ACA Accredited is a big piece of the risk-management puzzle. We have thousands of kids and teens who pass through our program each season, and we’ve been extremely successful in reducing risk—which makes our parents very happy. I’m a parent too—I know what it’s like to drop off my kids in the care of someone else. You need to know that they are prepared.”
Moving into their 11th camp season, iD Tech Camps is one of the only summer camps for kids and teens that boasts eight straight years of American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation.
Some aspects of camp that are evaluated and must meet very high standards in order to receive ACA Accreditation include:
-Parent Notification Procedures
-First Aid, CPR, and Emergency Care
-Staff Training and more…
“Our hiring process is one of the most strict I’ve seen in the entire summer camp industry,” explains Kate DeHart, Human Resources Manager at iD Tech Camps. “We hire adult-only staff and we conduct criminal background checks, multiple reference checks and require valid CPR certification and in-person training of our staff members. We work with risk management specialists and work hard to anticipate problems before they even arise. That’s no small feat!”
If you would like to find out more about the ACA, please visit www.acacamps.org.