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All Three GSCSA Camps Now ACA Accredited

Girl Scout Camps

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After a year of intense preparation and hard work, all three of our Girl Scout camps are now accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). In addition to the Girl Scout safety checkpoints, Camps Adahi; Wildwood; and Tanasi, our resident camp, now follow ACA standards as well.

“Becoming ACA accredited was important because it provides us with an unbiased, third party that comes in and lets us know what we are doing right and where we can improve,” said Paula Irwin, director of programing. “It’s really important for us to have that second layer.”

Having that extra layer means camps who are ACA accredited have been double-checked to make sure they are giving attendees the best possible experience.

To begin the process for Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA), Irwin and Amanda Johnson, programs manager, completed a course on ACA standards. Afterward, they began gathering council documentation to show where the camps had already complied with certain standards.

Some of the documentation included receipts showing the council had paid for health department and safety equipment inspections. Other documentation included blueprints for the buildings and water and electrical shut-off lines. After gathering the paperwork in a binder, all three camps were inspected.

According to the ACA website, “ACA goes beyond basic requirements for health, cleanliness, and food service into specific areas of programming, including camp staff from director through counselors, emergency management plans, health care, and management.”

There are more than 1,500 ACA accredited resident camps in the United States, with 28 of those in Tennessee. GSCSA is proud to now be included on that list.

“We believe that if we have a safe environment and well-trained staff,” said Irwin, “girls are going to have a good experience.”

About Our Camps

Camp Tanasi
Camp Tanasi, on the banks of Norris Lake, is the home of our summer resident camp and provides girls with opportunities to enjoy a swimming pool, climbing tower, archery range, and lakefront activities.

Camp Adahi
Camp Adahi sits atop a mountain in Northern Georgia and offers a 10-acre lake, nine miles of wooded hiking trails, a swimming pool, and equestrian program.

Camp Wildwood
Just steps away from our Johnson City Service Center, Camp Wildwood features a historic cabin and archery range. 

All three camps are great for base-camping when Girl Scouts want to visit nearby attractions.

GSCSA Summer Camp at Camp Tanasi

We’re excited to announce that our 2019 resident summer camp registration opens on December 1! Girls who sign up before January 4 will receive a $50 early bird discount. Don’t wait, register your girl today and give her a little piece of summertime fun to look forward to during the cold winter months!
View our summer camp options, and sign her up starting December 1.