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Girl Scout Camps Receive 100 Percent Accreditation

Voluntary accreditation program educates on best practices for camp health and safety

HOUSTON (Sept. 10, 2008) – Every three years, American Camp Association (ACA) representatives, known as “camp professionals,” visit Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) camps Agnes Arnold and Misty Meadows in Conroe, Camp Casa Mara in Seabrook and Camp Wind-A-Mere in Alvin to provide education on industry best practices and evaluate camp operations. Once again, GSSJC had reason to celebrate, as the camps received 100 percent accreditation - the highest achievable score.

“Unlike mandatory state licensing, ACA accreditation is voluntary,” said Bob Spaeth, facilities director. “Therefore, their criteria are more stringent and extend beyond the minimum requirements for licensing, which focuses solely on enforcing standards.”

During the accreditation process, every aspect of camp is scrutinized and evaluated, including the site, food services, transportation, health and wellness, operational management, program design and activities.

Annually, hundreds of Girl Scouts visit the camps. For many, attending camp is an annual tradition they enjoy and look forward to. While most girls and adults are unaware of the camp’s high standards or ACA accreditation, their memorable camp experiences - marked by horseback riding, stargazing and crisp campfires - are an attestation of year-round work and preparation by camp staff and volunteers.

“Our top priority is girls’ safety and experience at camp, so receiving the highest score possible from camp professionals and peers is a great accomplishment,” said Spaeth.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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