Mother of Hope Camp earns national accreditation

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CHEPACHET – The American Camp Association (ACA) announced today that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence operated Mother of Hope Camp has received ACA-Accredited Camp status for 2008.

“ACA Accreditation means that Mother of Hope Camp submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management – and complied with the highest standards in the industry,” said Cindy Moore, National Standards Commission.

“Parents expect their children to attend accredited schools. They also deserve a camp experience that is reviewed and accredited by an expert, independent organization,” Moore said.

“Mother of Hope Camp and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety and positive values formation,” said Maria Piccirilli, Camp Director. "ACA accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality camp programming in the finest Catholic tradition.”

Mother of Hope Camp was founded in 1950 and is located off Route 44 in the town of Glocester. The camp is in operation from April through November and offers 8 weeks of day camp sessions (for children ages 5 through 12) starting June 16 through August 8, 2008 and is available for Challenge Course retreats, field days, leadership training and other events by request. For more information, parents can contact the camp at 568-3580, or visit the following Web site at www.ymcyoprov.org or www.dioceseofprovidence.org and click on Mother of Hope Camp.

ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. Its nationally-recognized standards program focuses primarily on the program quality, health and safety aspects of a camp's operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. For more parent-focused information about accreditation, visit ACA's www.CampParents.org