The AAS provide an opportunity for those who lead and participate in outdoor activities to have an opportunity to be appropriately informed of the responsibilities, duty of care and legal expectations they should meet. Further they help to guide knowledge of the appropriate duty of care required for self, others and the environment.
Standards are embraced by those who seek excellence in their operations. The priority for such people is quality programming and good service to clients – not the avoidance of litigation. Standards may be seen as a threat by those who are not so careful and choose not to learn what others consider desirable practices
(Charles Gregg , OSI)