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I don't know anyone, within or outside of camp, who isn't looking for ways to improve their cash flow either by cutting costs or growing their income. Operationally, there are lots of places to look for savings, including equipment leases and rentals and service agreements, among others. This is certainly the time to consider slaying the age-old sacred cow of how you've "always done things." People are creatures of habit and are generally reluctant to rock that particular boat since it's worked before.
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Will the insurance coverage you have purchased be adequate enough to protect your assets in the event of a loss? If you suffer a loss, are you willing to settle for adequate instead of whole—especially if the loss is your dining hall or camper cabins? How long has it been since you reviewed your coverage with your insurer? Have you built new buildings, renovated, updated old buildings, or replaced your pool with a new one? Each year as you prepare for your insurance renewal, you should be asking yourself these questions.

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The story of the summer camp called Green River Preserve and its conservation easement actually starts with my father’s service in WWII. Dad fought in the infantry in both Africa and Europe. He was shot at so often, he decided that if he survived the war, he would buy land in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he could fly fish in peace and quiet. It was a good idea, and my family still believes there is nothing more beautiful or peaceful than fly fishing for trout. At camp we call it “aquatic theology.” Dad’s idea also turned out to be a good investment plan.

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We have received numerous questions regarding social security numbers and the need for tax withholdings on international staff. While some questions on this topic can be answered clearly, others are more difficult. ACA has reviewed interpretations provided by legal counsel from some of the staff placement organizations. We have also reviewed information provided by APCO, ACA’s legislative monitoring service. All sources were in contact with IRS officials and highly placed officials involved in Immigration.

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Tragedy can happen quickly and without warning. In response to the war and current world events and the memory of September 11, camps need to look at their disaster preparedness plans. Speculations can cause anxiety and cloud reality. As the national alert status changes and as threats of bioterrorism and other terrorist acts are prevalent in our news, camp directors and administrators must plan for the coming summer.

Issues and Plans Prior to Camp

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As the 113th Congress continues to struggle to move forward on bipartisan issues, the American Camp Association (ACA) remains focused on two specific goals: (1) to protect the safety of children, youth, and adults participating in the camp experience; and (2) to achieve recognition that camp is an expanded learning opportunity.

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Camp professionals know that camp is a positive and beneficial experience for everyone. All too often, when speaking of camp and the benefits of camp, the senior community is overlooked. Camp is not just for kids, and its benefits are not dependent on the age of the camper. Organized camp can be vital for seniors, not only because of the emphasis on diversity and acceptance, but also because of the improvement in mind, body, and spirit that occurs.

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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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Each year, the Camp Crisis Hotline team identifies a select number of case studies for a more in-depth look, and to serve as examples for other camps to use in staff training and the development of their own risk management plans. It is our hope that by understanding the real crisis situations of other camps, your camp can learn and anticipate for the future.

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ACA’s Initiatives in the 112th Congress
Published Date: 2011-10-01

The American Camp Association (ACA) continues to work to advance our public policy agenda in Washington, D.C. and in the states. Our agenda is simple, yet impactful. Our agenda for 2011–2012 is to:

  • Protect the safety of children, youth, and adults participating in the camp experience.
  • Achieve recognition that camp is an expanded learning opportunity.

We are pursuing a number of different initiatives with the current Congress:

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