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european camp association


Join a growing number of camps offering the best in experience, safety and quality.
Achieve Excellence Through Our 5 Star Accreditation System.

About US

European Camp Association (ECA) is a non profit organisation based in Switzerland that works with leading camps to ensure the highest standards in quality and safety are achieved and maintained. We believe in the positive effects camp experiences can have on young people and our mission is to help camps do it. By choosing to become a member of the ECA, camps show to their families that they are committed to excellence and safety. 

Why you should become a member?

Credibility and Trust

The ECA accreditation serves as a mark of distinction for your camp. By achieving this prestigious award, you will instill trust and confidence in parents, guardians, and campers, assuring them that your camp meets or exceeds the industry’s highest standards.

Enhanced Safety

Safety is our utmost priority. Our accreditation process thoroughly evaluates your camp’s safety protocols, emergency preparedness, staff training, and overall risk management. By aligning your camp with our rigorous safety standards, you provide a secure environment for campers, granting peace of mind to parents and guardians.

Continuous Improvement

Accreditation with the ECA is not just a one-time achievement; it signifies an ongoing commitment to excellence. Our comprehensive assessment identifies areas for growth and improvement, empowering you to refine your camp’s operations, programs, and services continuously. We provide you with valuable feedback, resources, and best practices to help you elevate your camp year after year.

Marketing Advantage

The Excellence in Camping Award is not only a testament to your camp’s excellence but also a powerful marketing tool. It sets you apart from competitors, distinguishing your camp as an industry leader committed to delivering exceptional experiences. Displaying the excellence in camping – accredited logo on your website, brochures, and promotional materials instantly communicates your camp’s quality and helps attract new campers and families.

Staff Development

Accreditation with the ECA benefits not only your camp as a whole but also your staff members individually. By adhering to our accreditation standards, you create a professional environment that encourages staff development and growth. Our emphasis on training, qualifications, and continuous learning ensures that your team members are equipped with the necessary skills to provide outstanding camp experiences.


What You Get when you
become a member

The European Camp Association and our Accreditation System offer a comprehensive framework to help your camp reach its goals and be recognized for its commitment to excellence. Join the distinguished camps across Europe that have embraced the ECA accreditation and received the prestigious in 5 Star Camp Award.

What you get when you become a member…

  • Comprehensive Framework Of Standards
  • Rights to use our 5 star badge on your marketing materials. Helping demonstrate to prospective families your commitment to excellence.
  • A network of other camp professionals sharing their knowledge.
  • Listing on bestcampsintheworld.com – a premium marketing site for the best camps in the world.
  • Access to a group of experts in the industry who can help and advise you in how to improve every area of your camp. 
  • Training to help improve and meet all the standards laid out in the framework.

Case study...





St. Georges Summer Camp
- Switzerland

As the director of St. George’s Summer Camp, I am relieved to have finished the challenging but rewarding accreditation process with the ECA. This accreditation helps us demonstrate our commitment to excellence, safety, and quality.

By achieving ECA accreditation, we demonstrate to our families of our dedication to providing the highest standards of care and enriching experiences for every camper. This accreditation gives parents peace of mind, knowing that their children are in the best possible hands during their time at our camp. The ECA’s evaluation process also encourages us to continually improve our programs, ensuring that our campers have access to a diverse range of activities and opportunities to grow and thrive. 

As the director of St. George’s Summer Camp, I am immensely proud of our decision to pursue ECA accreditation, as it solidifies our position as a trusted and reputable institution in the camping industry, and I cannot wait to see the positive impact it will have on the growth of our camp.

FAQ's

Here, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions to help you better understand our accreditation process and the benefits it offers. If you have any additional queries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.

ECA accreditation is a rigorous evaluation process through which camps demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standards of safety, program quality, and camper well-being. Achieving ECA accreditation signifies that your camp is dedicated to providing a secure and enriching environment for campers, giving parents peace of mind.

The accreditation process consists of several steps, including an in-depth review of your camp’s policies, procedures, and facilities. Our team of experienced evaluators will conduct an on-site visit to assess program offerings, staff qualifications, health and safety protocols, and more. Following the evaluation, you will receive detailed feedback and recommendations for improvement.

 

ECA accreditation offers numerous advantages, including enhanced camp credibility and reputation. Accredited camps often attract more campers, as parents tend to prioritize accredited camps for their children. Moreover, the accreditation process encourages continuous improvement, fostering the growth and development of your camp’s programs and offerings.

The duration of the accreditation process may vary depending on the size and complexity of your camp. Typically, the process can take several months, from the initial application to the final decision. Our team will guide you through each step to ensure a smooth and efficient evaluation.

Yes, ECA accreditation is recognized nationally and internationally as a symbol of quality and excellence in the camping industry. Camps that have earned ECA accreditation are seen as meeting or exceeding industry standards.

The ECA accreditation process is open to a wide range of camps, including day camps, residential camps, specialty camps, and more. Whether your camp is large or small, we encourage you to apply for accreditation to showcase your commitment to providing exceptional camp experiences.

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