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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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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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Releases Revisited
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Introduction

We continue to receive more questions on the subject of releases than any other. Clearly, releases and their use and limitations are topics that deserve continuing attention and refinement.

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Will the insurance coverage you have purchased be adequate enough to protect your assets in the event of a loss? If you suffer a loss, are you willing to settle for adequate instead of whole—especially if the loss is your dining hall or camper cabins? How long has it been since you reviewed your coverage with your insurer? Have you built new buildings, renovated, updated old buildings, or replaced your pool with a new one? Each year as you prepare for your insurance renewal, you should be asking yourself these questions.

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