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Weak Board vs. Strong Board: Why Care?
Published Date: 2020-07-01
What happens when the purpose, focus, talent, and emotional strength of a board of directors goes haywire? Chaos, confusion, frustration, heartache, and spiraling negativity are just some of the side effects that can accompany this avoidable situation. Most importantly, the agency itself suffers and relationships are stretched to the point where they often irreparably break. This is the story of a weak board versus a strong one. Does this sound familiar? If not, based on working with and for many nonprofits and for-profit camps, chances are it will at some point.
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In the summers of 2017 and 2018, the West Virginia 4-H camp program experienced multiple incidents where camps were locked down due to armed suspects in the area. In one incident, a man stole a truck and shot at a family’s home within a mile of a 4-H camp in session. In another incident, an armed suspect resurfaced near the camp facility area where he was ultimately captured.

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Dear friends,

Our world has changed in unimaginable ways. This pandemic has presented incredible challenges to all of us. Those camps that have opened this season have faced tremendous obstacles, with capacity limits and operational hardships never experienced before. You have become frontline workers, putting yourselves on the line to care for your campers, your staff, and their families.

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Moving Forward Together: July 2020
Published Date: 2020-07-01

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to express deep gratitude to all of ACA’s volunteers, leaders, donors, sponsors, partners, and members for your generous leadership and support over the past year and especially during this cataclysmic pandemic. Your generosity of wealth, time, and talent has helped ACA provide leadership and support in many ways to camps across the country facing precarious and unprecedented challenges.

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Buying a Camp Is a Complex Process
Published Date: 2020-07-01

Camp properties and operations are bought and sold every year. For the aspiring camp professional, the allure of owning and operating "the whole show" can be almost irresistible. However, the breadth and depth of knowledge, experience, and insight necessary to launch and sustain a camp business are considerable. A thorough, well-prepared plan is the most likely to succeed. In addition to all the staffing, programs, supplies, and logistics, there's the camp property itself.

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In addition to the current COVID-19 pandemic, you may also recall norovirus and SARS (also a coronavirus) outbreaks, Ebola, or even 2009's H1N1 "Swine Flu." There are lots of communicable diseases out there — and they won't go away. Indeed, the threat of communicable disease will remain as long as humans are social beings.

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The Silver Lining
Published Date: 2020-07-01

Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma's Camp DaKaNi is a unique space in the Oklahoma City metro area. In normal years, 33 acres of woods, creeks, fields, and a pond offer amazing outdoor experiences to youth. By teaming up with other nonprofits and local organizations, we bring homeless youth, foster children, LGBTQ+ youth, children with Autism, and children with incarcerated parents to camp. But what would those youth do this year without the healing power of nature and connection with their peers?

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