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Change is often difficult for the thousands of camps and conference centers across the country to embrace, partly because many camps are steeped in tradition, and partly because of fear. The camp food service industry has been serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken nuggets, bug juice, cake mixes, pre-baked breads, and, of course, s'mores for too long. Now is the time for camp directors and food service directors to embrace the movement toward healthier food options.

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Your Field of Dreams?
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There is no "great camp" without "great programming." And while there are many great programs that require almost no facility support at all (what do you really need for a campfire sing-along?), the right property improvements can surely enhance campers' experiences. Yet far too often, those supporting facilities — even very fancy and expensive ones — seem mismatched to the programs that they're intended to support. Too large, too small, too sophisticated, and even too remote are all descriptions of fields, buildings, and activity areas that simply do not match the programs that they host.

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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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013Many camps create a respite from the pace of the modern world with their programs. But, in terms of marketing, there seems to be no escape from the information deluge. It is estimated that people in the United States consume twelve hours of information-based content per day (Bohn & Short, 2010). Finding space to communicate an effective message is daunting. Camps have fewer opportunities and less time to deliver the core message effectively.

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From Peg - July 2010
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In today's world, relevance and added value are important to everyone. Being essential in a world that often must eliminate discretionary expenses is of paramount importance. And, the ability to articulate worth is equally imperative.

Over the last three years, the American Camp Association® (ACA) has focused on five outcomes for children and youth as they relate to our mission to enrich the lives of children, youth, and adults through the camp experience.

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You Are Your Own Story
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With Mark Victor Hansen, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and co creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, tells how and why the stories of our lives can be motivators for change in every area from personal transformation to corporate management and fund development. With warm-hearted wisdom, wit, and creativity, he shares insights in an engaging interview with Camping Magazine, in which his experiences as a visionary thinker link us to the great possibilities of our own human potential.

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Each year, millions of children apply to attend summer camp. Parents seek out educational and fun camp opportunities that will help their children grow in a variety of ways. In an effort to provide a high-quality, safe experience, camps ask parents to complete an array of information, including demographics, diet and nutrition information, social functioning, medical concerns, medications in use, and many other items depending the camp focus and structure.

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A Ditch in Time
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Rainfall and snow melt runoff are sworn enemies of the roads and pathways in camp. Erosion moves your road surface to places you don’t want roads. Spontaneous, unplanned drainage channels cut themselves into your improvements and through areas you’d rather not have them. Snow that melted at noon refreezes at sunset, causing the surface to heave and buckle over and over until it simply falls apart. If you think that fixing this kind of damage is expensive, then you’ll surely agree that fixing it more than once borders on criminal.

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Hotline Available
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ACA's Crisis Hotline is now available year-round, not just in the summer. As more and more camps are operating on a year-round basis, it became clear that ACA needed to provide this service 24/7/365.

Keep in mind that this is a paging system where you leave a message concerning a crisis situation. Day or night you may call 317-365-5736. A staff member will be paged and will return the call as soon as possible. Use of the Hotline is voluntary, and the information you share is confidential.

Keep the number handy:

317-365-5736.

 

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Ahhh, oil! Black gold. Texas tea. At least that’s how the opening to the television show Beverly Hillbillies referred to it. (Anyone else besides me remember black and white TV?) While some folks will tell you that there’s nothing new under the sun, I can say with certainty that there has been much happening and I’ve been evaluating all sorts of new products to lubricate your internal combustion engines.

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