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Molly couldn’t wait until the end of the summer camp season, and even though there were only three weeks left, she was tempted to quit. She loved the idea of working at camp, especially the camp in which she had grown up and worked at for the past two seasons, but she was just mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted.

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As a camp owner, camp director, camp administrator, or facilitator, have you ever asked yourself?

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Family camps have become increasingly prevalent over the past several years. The number of camps offering family programs has exploded since the early 90s; reports of increases in family camps range from 215 percent (Sweet 2007) to 500 percent (Tevis 2005) in the last sixteen years. More families are seeking opportunities to spend time together (Shaw and Dawson 2001), and camp providers are responding to this desire by providing more family programs.

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October 18, 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Tony Oyenarte

Session Description

Many camps and other informal youth programs are interested in developing relationships with public and independent schools to broaden educational programs for youth. Getting started can be a challenge! This session will provide an overview of establishing and cultivating educational relationships with schools with a sharing of curriculum models and schedules.

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Why Improve Find a Camp?
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  1. It’s an important tool to help an increasing number of children, youth, and adults from diverse cultures and backgrounds find the perfect camp experience, and we wanted to help parents even more.
  2. The new system will deliver camps and articles that are useful and comprehensive for parents.
  3. It provides much more detail for the parent and gives the camp more specific ways to reach parents.
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Looking Back

The May 2001 issue of The CampLine first addressed the issue of the need for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in camps. At that time there were a number of unresolved issues. Now, two years later, there may finally be enough information to resolve these issues that may have been left unresolved or delayed to another year.

Who’s Using AEDs?

Only a few years ago, the main question being asked was, “Who’s using AEDs?” The question today is more likely to be phrased as “Who’s not using AEDs?”

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“That’s what camp’s all about” — a clever statement often heard around Camp Holiday Trails (CHT) in response to one of many daily moments of personal triumph. CHT means so many things to so many people; it is almost impossible to encapsulate all of what camp is about in any one event. Or so I thought before last summer, before I met Nile.

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The primary purpose of a risk management plan is not the avoidance of legal liability. Its purpose is the maintenance of a quality program; that is, one which deals reasonably and fairly with its campers and their families. A program that delivers what it says it will deliver, and does so in the context of reasonable management of the risks, is not assured of “safety” or freedom from lawsuits. But generally, if such a level of performance is achieved, legal liability issues are minimized and take care of themselves.

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At age eleven, Rue Mapp was programming computers while growing up on her family’s ranch in northern California, participating in both recreational and organized camp experiences (with the Girl Scouts and Outward Bound).

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From Peter - January 2011
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"Changing Lives — Enriching the World": These are simple words with challenging implications.

I thought of the words above, and how poignant this concept is for ACA at this time — especially as recent transitions remind us to recognize the work and accomplishments of our predecessors, and how we need to honor their pioneering spirit in order to stay present and relevant in the next 150 years.

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