Camp O'Malley became ACA-Accredited®!
November 15th, 2012
The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced today that Camp O’Malley has received ACA-Accredited® Camp status for the 2013 summer camp season.
"ACA Accreditation means that Camp O’Malley 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.
Camp O’Malley and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety," said Becky Missad, Director of Camp O’Malley, "ACA accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality camp programming."
Camp O’Malley was founded in 1942 by the Grand Rapids Police Department’s Chief of Police, Frank O’Malley and is located in Alto, Michigan. The camp is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. Camp O’Malley operates from June to August and offers scholarships to all who qualify. Sessions typically last from three to five days for eight weeks. For more information, parents can contact the camp at 616-233-9370 ext. 106, or visit the camp's Web site at www.campomalley.org.
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.
Chief Belk receives ELO Network award
November 15th, 2012
On November 2, 2012 our very own Chief Kevin Belk, President of the BGCGRYC Board of Directors, was gifted with a very special award! Enhanced Learning Opportunities (ELO) Network presented him with the Advocate Leader Award at their annual meeting at FIfth Third Ball Park.
This award is given to a person who is a legislator or community leader who has actively shown an interest in afterschool programs for children; has worked with the ELO Network to advocate for public policy; and has collaborated with funding resources to support local after school programs for children. Past recipients have been State Representatives Jerry Kooiman and Tom Pearce, State Senator Bill Hardiman, State Senator Mark Jansen, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers, City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins, and Michigan Afterschool Partnership Director Mary Sutton.
Congratulation Chief! You rock!