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Whether the current program has your camp bursting at the seams and you're considering expanding, or you're ready to look for another property to host your organization, there comes a time when you find yourself in the real estate market. Buying or selling, there are a lot of things to think about and consider as you make this huge change. This month, we're going to look at just some of the issues and items to help you begin to unravel this often complicated process.

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Each year, ACA's Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence recognizes camps that epitomize the award's namesake by developing exemplary programming that effectively and creatively responds to the needs of people and society through the camp experience. We celebrate the 2016 winners. They are all powerful examples of programs actively seeking to unlock the potential of the campers they serve by building the self-esteem, belief in themselves, and skills needed to let their inner lights shine.

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As more camps purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED), the ability to establish and effectively manage a program that supports the use and maintenance of this life-saving device is critical. The initial thrill of getting the AED must be supported by an ongoing plan that keeps the device functional, maintains staff training, and updates camp administration with applicable state and/or local regulations.

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As a camp counselor, you are about to assume an important role. Parents are going to give you their children to take care of for the length of their stay at camp. The term used to describe this relationship is in loco parentis, which literally translates from Latin to “in place of a parent.” Although you cannot replace parents, you will need to assume this in loco parentis role and be clear about parent concerns and camp policies.

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Thank you for your deep devotion to engaging children, teens, and young adults in fun, high-quality camp experiences. You have a vital role in youth development and the American Camp Association is pleased to offer this issue of Camping Magazine to you as a staff training resource to help you create lasting impacts on the lives of those you serve.

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As a camp owner, camp director, camp administrator, or facilitator, have you ever asked yourself?

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Los Campamentos en Mexico
Published Date: 2005-07-01

In the colorful four-hundred-year history of Hacienda Santa Maria de Pipioltepec, few events have generated the level of anticipation — and volume — of the Keremess. Each summer, 140 children and their counselors at Camp Pipiol devote one day to the organization of a fair and party for 3,000 rural children who live in the economically depressed Valle de Bravo. When the children descend on the camp, the Pipiol campers organize games, music, dancing, and food — with each visitor taking home a bag of food, household items, and toys at the end of the memorable day.

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The 8 Ps of Marketing
Published Date: 2008-09-01

If you've ever taken a high school or college marketing class, you probably learned early on about the "Four Ps of Marketing." Since the 1940s these Classic Ps (Price, Product, Placement, and Promotion) were used to steer communications activities for businesses and organizations. However, over the course of my twenty plus years working primarily with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses, I've found that there are at least four more Ps that need to be added to this classic mix.

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Imagine a child that hides under the table when family comes to visit. Instead of a saying “hello,” he responds by barking like a dog. He has difficulty fitting in with peers and does not seem to understand how his unexpected behaviors impact friendship development. Parents are worried about whether or not he will be successful in an academic environment and if he will learn the skills to live independently as an adult. Many families have similar stories and worries — and they have difficulty finding support.

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"Weeks! Why would your parents send you away for weeks? Were they getting divorced?" My freshman year of college, I was asked this question by a well-meaning but horrified new friend who had never experienced any type of overnight camp. Waxing rhapsodic about my own experiences, and talking about my application to be a camp staff member at "my" camp in Wisconsin, I learned that there are two kinds of people: camp people and people deprived of the opportunity to become camp people.

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