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An occupational hazard of working with children in any congregate care program including camps could create this unfortunate reality. Given the current issues of allegations against university staff, clerics of all religions, local professional caregivers, and the range of top level personnel, it becomes essential to think through this possibility and be prepared should an allegation surface.

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From Art
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The 2012 ACA National Conference will be held in Atlanta. My first national conference was in 1974 in Atlanta, so for me, returning to the same city thirty-seven years later brings back a flood of memories of not only my first national conference, but also a multitude of others (including a second one in Atlanta that I have attended!).

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Standards numbers updated to match 2012 standards

Last-minute registrations and staff agreements are coming in. Food and T-shirts have been ordered. Staff manual revisions are nearly complete. Staff orientation — pre-camp training — is nearly upon you. How can you ever cover all you want (and need) to cover in those few precious days?

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You might be surprised to discover that even in today’s frenzy of corresponding through text messages, e-mails, tweets, and other social media avenues, letter writing is still being used as a way for camps to communicate with parents. Many camps post a daily blog and upload photos for parents to view online so that they have a window into their child’s camp experience; however, these efforts represent only a small piece of the big picture.

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Since October 9, 1998, when the Volunteers for Children Act, was signed into law by President Clinton as Public Law 105-251 and amended the National Child Protection Act of 1993, if a volunteer or employee of an organization sexually molests a child in his care and if it can be shown that this volunteer or employee had been previously convicted somewhere in the United States of a relevant crime, the organization may be held liable under the legal theory of negligent hiring.

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Camp food service and other directors would benefit exponentially from implementing a "gumption-growing" mantra in their food service operation — the idea that camps can teach gumption (the ability to take initiative) as part of an esteem-building model. This can be a shot of positive thinking for food staff that helps them realize and verbalize their personal abilities and limitations (Howard & Howard, 2014).

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The right to privacy is well established in the legal system of the United States. As citizens of the United States, we expect that our right to privacy will be respected.

Virtually all businesses gather personal information about employees and customers that is private. For example, most camps gather names, addresses, social security numbers, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, driving history, dates of birth, financial information (bank account numbers, debit or credit card numbers, and security codes), personal images, e-mail addresses, and medical history.

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Dear Bob,

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Representatives of many of the insurance companies that insure camps joined together with the ACA Insurance Committee to discuss industry trends. They met in conjunction with the ACA National Conference in February 2005 in Orlando.

The following trends were identified by the participants:

Transportation

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The Boston Nature Center (BNC), an urban Mass Audubon sanctuary, offers public programs year-round. Located in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan, two miles of trails and boardwalks traverse meadows and wetlands where wildlife abounds, including coyotes and many species of migratory birds. The sanctuary’s George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center is one of the “greenest” buildings in Boston, teaching environmentally sustainable design by example.

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