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Patience
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When I sat down to write this article, I could still hear Axl Rose (lead singer of the ’80s rock band Guns N’ Roses) whistling the opening of the group’s hit song “Patience” like it was yesterday. The chorus of the song went like this: “I need a little patience, yeeaaahhhh . . . Come on patience, yeeaahhhh.” As I processed that song and focused more intently on the word “patience,” I realized it is one of the most important words you will hear, learn, and, hopefully, put into practice this summer.

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Books from ACA

  • Management of Risks and Emergencies
  • Leaving Nothing to Chance: Board Accountability through Risk Management
  • Mission Accomplished: A Practical Guide to Risk Management for Nonprofits
  • Mission Accomplished Workbook

ACA Resource Pack Tools

Sample forms, outlines, and work plans as either Word or WordPerfect files (provided on a floppy disk) that can be customized for your camp. Included in Resource Pack or Resource Pack II:

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The Prediction. The Trifecta. The Promise.
Published Date: 2014-01-01

The Prediction

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Search the Web for "day camp" and the results are over 100 million hits. Although the descriptions vary greatly, the words "day camp" trigger a feeling of excitement and adventure. Many sites describe a variety of summer experiences as day camp . . . from summer craft classes at a hobby shop or a ballet day camp out of a home to a doggie day camp. This article focuses on the history of day camps as defined by the American Camp Association (ACA).

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School violence is an all-too-frequent headline and no prevention measure has yet been found. But camp experiences of being close to nature, participating in wholesome activities, and forming community with others can help children affected by violence heal and learn to trust again. One camp director reached out to the community of Jonesboro, Arkansas, after two young boys from Westside Middle School opened fire on classmates killing four children and a teacher and wounding ten others.

Camp Can Make a Difference

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This month, we’re going to address where pumps work for you at camp, matching the equipment to the application, and some simple troubleshooting steps to get the most out of your pumps.

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As we observe what is happening in camps (and other youth programs) around the country, we see that parents or guardians seem far more ready to register complaints both with the camp and with ACA. Expectations are higher than ever before.

Camps should establish specific procedures to deal with complaints. Otherwise, they will seem to come at the most inconvenient times and will be delegated to persons who may be the least able or inclined to handle them effectively.

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From Peg
Published Date: 2014-03-01

“We may have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I review ACA’s enrollment and business data (see page 44), I think of this quote by MLK. The ACA camp community is more alike than different — we are in the same boat. Yes, we may have different affiliations and even different tax statuses, but at the end of the day, we share more in common than not.

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The camp director of one of the oldest and most respected camps on the continent remembers how, a few years ago, his camp's continuing tradition as a tech-free environment was especially hard for some fourteen- and fifteen-year-old campers. Cell phones, texting, and social media were the personal default setting of their lives. "We had some kids who really missed it," he told me recently. The networked life was the only life they knew at home and school. Going tech-free was a culture shock for them.

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In her book The History of Organized Camping: The First 100 Years, Eleanor Eells wrote, “[Camp] has become an important part of the American scene, rich in its diversity and in its adaptation to changing needs and challenges. Its common bond is the concern for people in their relationship to one another, to the environment, and for their sense of community.” Through her review of camp’s history, Eells provided a blueprint for modern camps — adaptability is essential, innovation is critical, and personal relationships are fundamental.

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