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Shared Values
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More than thirty years ago, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta sang about "Summer Lovin'" when Grease graced the Silver Screen. Although they drove off into the sunset at the end of the film, one can assume that they ultimately went their separate ways, as neither appeared in the sequel. Perhaps their relationship would have lasted longer than the final credits had the pair met at summer camp.

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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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It was July 1967, so the story goes, on parents’ weekend in Fairlee, Vermont. A group of camp parents whose children were sleeping soundly at Aloha, Aloha Hive, and Lanakila enjoyed cocktails on the porch of the resort across the lake. As they sipped and visited, a quiet word was passed through the group: The Gulick Family was thinking of closing their camps!

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The Equal Opportunity Commission has recently published an Enforcement Guidance Memorandum on the subject of vicarious employer liability for unlawful harassment by supervisors (meaning, when is the camp liable for the acts of supervisory employees?) This means that all camps should be taking a close look at their workplace harassment policies. It is likely that most should be modified immediately. You have probably heard that there has been an increase in harassment charge filings, but consider this statistic:

This needs your attention now!

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The ACA Camp Crisis Hotline remains one of the most valuable services ACA offers to the camp community. While the hotline is a year-round service, the majority of the calls are received during the summer season. (From September 2002 through August 2003, 84 percent of all calls were received from June through August). As the popularity of the hotline increases, we anticipate that a larger number of calls will be received in the nonsummer months.

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We’ve explored construction contracts before and the idea that they set the rules for a short-term “marriage of convenience” — from proposal through amicable divorce. But this month, we’re going to consider some of the pieces of that construction document that make things work smoothly for everybody involved.

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Thirty Feet in the Air
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"Amanda, I know you can do this." The counselor Ashley held out both hands to the girl in front of me on the ropes course, looking her directly in the eye. It was good that Ashley had so much faith in her, but I was coming to the opinion that, in fact, Amanda could not do this. We were thirty feet from the ground and I, still tight in my harness, had long since sat down on the wooden platform between elements. Despite the wait, I wasn't particularly impatient to get down from the sky.

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As a camp professional, I, like you, have literally thousands of affirming anecdotal stories — the camp experience is not discretionary. And, if anyone needs more evidence, ACA's outcomes research confirms what each of us already knows. Our CEO, Peg Smith*, has been telling the world that opportunities for growth and development exist in natural settings that promote experiential learning, improve social skills and physical fitness, teach children to take calculated risks in a safe environment, and expand the creative mind.

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Please check our International Staff Best Practices page for more up-to-date information.

 

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Thank you for your support of RAC:
Kathy Anderson, John Knox Ranch Allyson Ashmore, Hopewell Camp & Conference Center
Debortah Ausburn, Tylor English Duma LLC
Mark Barnes, Two Way Radios for Camps
Suzanne Bates, Camp Westminster Higgins Lake
Bryson Bechtel
Martin Beck, Paradise Point
Van Beers, Waycross Camp
Adam Bell, Camp Stella Maris
David Berkey, Florida United Methdist Camps
Eric Blumreich, Camp Tekawitha
Tatiana Bohush
June Boutwell, Piligrim Pines
Jim Brasser, Camp Tall Turf

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