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Staff play an important role in your camp operation. After all, it is your staff who are in day-to-day contact with campers, facilitating the positive experiences of camp. Therefore, your staff must share your camp’s philosophy and be aware of the values that make your program unique. Collaborating effectively with your summer staff is a critical element in achieving your organization’s goals and objectives.

The Philosophy Behind the Mission

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Long-range planning and facilities management are important parts of maintaining camp assets and building a better community environment for staff and campers alike. Collaborating with a professional architectural and planning group can help camps learn more about their property, which will aid them in planning for the future and optimizing the use of their facility.

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What do teens think about things that affect their health and well-being? What role does camp play? To find out, members of the American Camping Association New England Section, in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth College designed and conducted a project called "Conversations with Campers." Inspired by the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, the project asked youth attending New England camps in the summer of 1998 to participate in a series of focus groups.

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The benefits to youth from camping are well known by former campers, their parents, and camp directors. However, little research is available on the influence that an organized camping experience has on youth, mainly because there seems to be general agreement that camp is good for kids. A recent meta-analysis of the available research determined the state of knowledge on the influence that the organized camping experience has on the self-constructs: self-esteem, self-confidence, and other aspects of self. The results are good news for camping.

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As you consider the future of your camp, it’s easy to focus on the external factors that are likely to affect its operation, the demographic influences that shape your markets, the impact of technology on your operations and programming, and on the challenges of an increasingly diverse clientele. Certainly all of the factors identified by your futuring exercises are worth considering. However, the most significant variable that will shape the twenty-first century is the human response to these factors. In other words, the future is you.

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Fact Sheet #18: Section 13(a)(3) Exemption for Seasonal Amusement or Recreational
Establishments Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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PROTECTScreen Launch
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After much positioning, the American Camp Association (ACA) has been given an unparalleled opportunity by being selected to participate in the PROTECT Act pilot criminal background check program. This program allows direct access to the FBI criminal database for camp volunteers. The pilot program allows participating camps to submit fingerprints of their volunteers to the FBI. The FBI sends the criminal records report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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Family history is usually shared from one generation to the next. As the information filters down, some of it gets lost or reinterpreted. What, you are wondering, does family history have to do with camp insurance and risk management? Well read on . . . it will all come together.

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How many of us have gotten a phone call midsummer that starts like this . . . "Hi . . . I just wanted to call and let you know that my daughter had a wonderful time at camp BUT . . . ."

As camp professionals we have a sixth sense that there is going to be a "BUT" . . . when Denise Viau, camping services manager, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, received this call last summer, she began to internally finish the sentence with a few quick thoughts—camper didn't get activities she wanted, the food was bad, or she did not make a friend.

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