Camp Hawkeye is licensed in New Hampshire, like all camps within the state, by the NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES). The camp is inspected each summer by state inspectors and must comply with all standards set out by NH DES as well as all other statewide departments. In addition Hawkeye has chosen to be a member of both the New Hampshire Camp Director's Association (NHCDA) and American Camp Association New England Chapter (ACANE).
The American Camp Association is the largest camp industry association in the country with more than 7000 members including individuals, businesses, and camps. On top of being a member Camp Hawkeye is one of less than 20% of camps nationwide to be accredited by ACA. "ACA Accreditation is a process during which a camp undergoes a thorough review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — to ensure compliance with more than 300 standards. The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices of the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards for best practices in camp."
Read a little more about Accreditation here: Accredition Information(PDF)
The New Hampshire Camp Director's Association is a state specific industry association that promotes safe and well run camps in the state of New Hampshire. Made up of day and resident camps throughout the state NHCDA maintains nearly one hundred member camps and represents the overwhelming majority of campers and families that utilize camps in New Hampshire. To find out more about NHCDA click on the following link: http://nhcamps.org/.