For Immediate Release/January 7, 2011 Chewonki Camp for Girls Earns ACA-Accredited Status for the First Time by Meeting or Exceeding Over 300 Health and Safety Standards Wiscasset, ME – While temperatures are becoming bitterly cold in Maine, things in the summer camp world are heating up in preparation for Summer 2011! The American Camp Association, New England has announced that Chewonki Camp for Girls in Wiscasset, has been granted ACA accreditation. ACA accreditation is a mark of distinction from the only national non-profit organization that accredits summer camps. By being ACA-accredited, Chewonki Camp for Girls demonstrates that it cares about its campers by striving to meet the highest quality standards designed specifically for summer camps. ACA accreditation is voluntary and participating camps agree to meet or exceed over 300 standards that include basic health and safety, staff screening and training, and risk management. In some cases, ACA standards require camps to go above and beyond state regulations. “Camp is such an essential part of the growth and development of our young people,” says Bette Bussel, ACA, New England’s Executive Director. “In many ways, camps take over where schools and families leave off. It is ACA, New England’s job to promote safe, healthy and nurturing camp environments and to help families find the best-fit summer camp for their children. ACA-accredited summer camps are committed to really being there for kids; and families should carefully consider looking for the ACA-accredited logo during their camp search process.” Chewonki Camp for Girls is one of nine summer camps throughout New England to have received accreditation for the first time this year. ACA New England has also re-accredited 114 camps this year, bringing the total of ACA-accredited day and resident/overnight camps throughout New England to nearly 400. “We are so excited to be able to tell our current and future camp families that we have received ACA-accredited status,” says Betta Stothart, Chewonki’s Director of Communications.. “Our staff has worked tirelessly to ensure that our campers get the best summer camp experience possible, and we are proud to be ACA accredited.” About ACA, New England The American Camp Association, New England, is the region’s leading source for “all things summer camp.” To find a best-fit camp in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI & VT for a child you care about, go to: www.ACANewEngland.org, or call (781) 541-6080.