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Strong interest in promoting the concept of a healthy camp continues. Supported by data from ACA’s five-year Healthy Camps Study from 2006 through 2010, improved understanding about camp injuries and illnesses triggered more effort among camp professionals to minimize — if not eliminate — these injuries and illnesses. Promising practices were identified, parent materials became more robust, and a variety of online courses for staff training appeared.

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On the Road to Camper Enrollment Recovery?
Published Date: 2012-03-01

For the past several years, ACA has invited day and resident camps to complete an online camper enrollment survey. The survey asks camp directors to respond to questions regarding enrollment trends, return rates, capacity, and scholarship support offered to campers. We gather these data in the spring to get a pulse on what the upcoming summer looks like and then again later in the fall to gauge consistency in the data, to gather additional details, and assess overall trends.

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Over the years, we’ve peeked at some of the components to wastewater treatment, but we’ve never really taken the process apart to help explain what is really happening and what the objectives are. Shout for joy and dance a jig, because that time is now! No. Really! This is great stuff, and I promise to keep it clean.

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According to some experts, 2012 could be the worst year ever for computer network security breaches. In 2011, major companies were victims of massive computer network security breaches. If you listen to the news surrounding this issue, the impression you might get is that only big, publicly owned companies like SONY and Citibank are being affected.

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Camp "Whatever" Letter
Published Date: 2012-03-01

Camp Hancock’s director Bill Young and I conceived the “Camp Whatever Letter,” originally written more than a decade ago, as a response to our observations and frustrations about the changing culture of parents and children. Many (not all) young people of all ages had an agenda that included drugs, sex, alcohol, and a fascination with violence. In addition, consulting parents many times about their child’s troubling behavior at camp proved unsuccessful. “That’s the way they are today” was a response heard one too many times.

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Kamaji Hats Off to Thee
Published Date: 2012-03-01

The camp lady of Chicago showed me photos of swank camps with luxurious cabins, electric tennis ball cannons, and soft-serve ice-cream machines. She talked up theatre and sports camps. She effused enthusiasm for all the currently “in” camps. No sale.

Finally she mentioned Camp Kamaji, Minnesota’s oldest camp for girls. Tight-lipped, she described ramshackle cabins. She admitted it was under new ownership, not yet accredited by ACA, and very, “and I mean very,” rustic. No electricity, no heat, and no toilets.

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From Peg - March 2010
Published Date: 2010-03-01

When we are confronted by significant challenges that leave us feeling uncomfortable and even angry, it is important to take a moment and pause. A moment of reflection can offer us the critical time needed to remember why we feel so passionate in the first place. It helps us understand why we are experiencing such deep emotions. People who have adopted the vision and mission of enriching and changing the lives of others can do nothing but experience immeasurable passion as they do that work.

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Family Camp Impacts on Family Functioning
Published Date: 2012-01-01

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Why Camp Marketing Isn't Seasonal
Published Date: 2011-10-28

Summer is here and the campers are on their way! You're busy making last-minute preparations, training staff members, and getting ready for a summer filled with memories. You can put your marketing plans aside until the fall, right?

Think again. Marketing your camp is a year-round effort and summer is the best time to kick off your campaign for next season. Keeping positive memories alive in campers' minds throughout the year is essential to generating repeat business. It can also help you attract new campers in the future.

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