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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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Is There Anything I Can Do to Help?
Published Date: 2013-07-01

As camp professionals, we hear many stories about the impact of our camps on the lives of our participants. Often, when these alums come back and share a story or two with us from the past, they finish with a wonderful line that we probably have all heard:

“I loved my time at camp, so please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to help.”

When was the last time you followed up that offer with a request? If you never have, the time is now to get the courage and respond immediately with, “Fantastic! Have I got a job for you!”

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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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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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