Council on Accreditation • Copyright 2008
A system of services offered by an organization. For example, an organization providing a mental health service may offer several mental health programs to different populations, e.g., a mental health program for adolescent teens. The word "program" can be used interchangeably with the word "service" or to describe specific programs.
Formal principles or values used to determine whether practices are right or wrong, good or bad. Most professional organizations have ethical codes that define general standards of appropriate professional conduct.
The body of employees and/or volunteers that carries out the organization's tasks under the organization's administration and/or supervision. This definition does not include foster parents who are specifically referenced in relevant standards
OAS 4 - Physical Environment
Activities are conducted according to legal requirements for land or facility use and with respect for the physical environment.
Outdoor activities are conducted in a manner that is respectful of the environment and minimizes harmful effects.
Interpretation: “Leave No Trace” ethics will be practiced whenever feasible.
The organization provides for the personal hygiene of participants and personnel in a manner that ensures privacy and protects the environment.
Interpretation: Personal hygiene includes bathing, oral health, toileting, and feminine hygiene.