Safety and Accreditation

Safety & Accreditation

Our saying is, “if it isn’t safe, it can’t be fun.”  Safety of your camp and community come first at Valley Trails Summer Camp. You as a parent are trusting us with your most prized possession.  It is our goal to return your camper to you at the end of the day: tired, dirty, and full of camp stories and songs.

All of leaders are trained in first aid and rescue breathing, emergency procedures, youth development, and positive discipline.  In addition, we provide complete criminal background checks including Megan’s List registries on all of our leaders (this includes our Director team and support staff).

Valley Trails has been a long time accredited member of the American Camp Association (ACA) since 1975. ACA is the only nationally recognized body that accredits all types of camps throughout the United States. Only 25% of camps in the United States have earned ACA accreditation through compliance with nationally recognized standards of health, safety and program quality.

In addition to our accreditation, Valley Trails Summer Camp operates as an Organized Camp regulated and permitted by the County of Los Angeles Department of Environmental Health. This means we pass an annual inspection ensuring safe operation in a variety of health and safety-related categories.

Valley Trails is also a member of WAIC, The Western Association of Independent Camps. The Western Association of Independent Camps is a group of independent day and resident camps in the Western United States and beyond. All WAIC camps are accredited through the American Camp Association, and therefore meet the camp industry’-s highest standards for safety, staffing, health, and programming.  Mike Stillson (aka Otter) is the current President of WAIC.