Metropolis of Boston Camp Receives National ACA Accreditation

BROOKLINE---His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios has announced that the Metropolis of Boston Camp has been fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). In a letter signed by Pam Cobb Heuberger, President of the American Camp Association, New England, the Metropolis was informed that, "On October 26, 2006 the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association New England met to determine the Standards classification of each camp in our Section. Based on your scores calculated by the National Office, the Board voted to classify Metropolis of Boston Camp as an accredited camp."

Accreditation, which is effective immediately, followed years of preparation and extensive scrutiny of all aspects of camping. The Metropolis Camp received the highest ratings in Site & Foodservice, Transportation, Health & Wellness, Operational Management, Human Resources, Program Design & Activities and in Aquatics. Wrote President Heuberger, "Congratulations on having an America Camp Association ACCREDITED CAMP. You can be very proud of your accomplishments."

Aquatics was one of the programs which
received a perfect score by the ACA.The
beautiful lake with its magnificent waterfront
was refurbished through the generosity of
Spilios Spiliakos of Belmont, MA.

Metropolitan Methodios who actively oversees all camp programs, immediately notified the Metropolis Council and the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center of the accreditation. The Metropolitan, Fr. Philippe Mousis, the Metropolis Youth Director, Michael Sintros, the Faith & Heritage Center Director, the Metropolis Council and the Faith & Heritage Center Committee meet regularly throughout the year to evaluate the programs, to ensure that all aspects of the camp programs and events at the Faith & Heritage Center are of outstanding quality, and to plan fund raising activities. Their efforts were recognized and noted by the American Camp Association examiners who visited the Faith & Heritage Center repeatedly for many months.

Program Design and Activities was greatly
complimented by the representatives of the
American Camping Association. The natural
beauty of the property as well as the carefully
planned and executed programs were
instrumental in achieving accreditation.

The American Camp Association is the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps. The main purpose of the accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. Accreditation indicates to the public that the camp administration has voluntarily allowed its practices to be compared with the standards established by professionals in the camp industry. ACA teams of trained camp professionals visit the camp frequently to verify compliance with the standards.

(Posting date 08 November 2006)

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