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Over the past few years, the scope of crisis response plans for many camp programs has expanded as camps share specific crisis experiences and network with other industries, such as schools and law enforcement agencies, to find solutions. In the past, crisis response plans at camps focused on child abuse; drownings or other activity-related deaths; vehicle wrecks; and environmental disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or fires.

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I believe in accreditation.

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I remember the call clearly. It was in September about 10 years ago when my longtime camp friend and colleague, Dave Tager, called about the transition of leadership at the camp he and his wife, Shelley, had run for almost 25 years. Over the course of that time, Dave and Shelley had built their coed resident camp, now called Camp IHC, into a successful and highly reputable camp. After 25 years of being ultimately responsible for thousands of other people's children, Dave was ready to turn the reigns over to a talented young couple. As Dave said to me, "I love camp!

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Risk Management: Managing Winter Risks
Published Date: 2013-01-01

The risk management process provides a stable platform from which risk can be managed regardless of the season. In a way, the process is a compass, tried and true, on which we can depend as we navigate through the challenges of business and constantly changing risk.

As a reminder, comprehensive risk management plans are built upon the following pillars:

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What Can One Week Do?
Published Date: 2017-03-01

Camp SoCal HeArts in Compton, California, will always be one of the hardest weeks of camp — for many reasons. We work with children in foster care for one week each summer, children who have been let down by adults, who have been abused, and who have no hope. We’re filled to capacity with 75 campers who can be really tough.

People often ask me, “What can one week do?”

Well, let me tell you.

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Like it or not, every summer camp — for-profit or nonprofit — is a business. A camp that does not respect and abide the most fundamental of business commandments, that the monies coming into the camp must equal or exceed those flowing out, will eventually fail. There are two sides to the equation, revenue — the money coming in, and expense — the money flowing out. This article focuses on the primary revenue driver — marketing. The following twelve tips are intended to help every camp improve its marketing, and thereby generate more revenue.

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Many campers as young as three and four years of age engage in many of the same sports activities as their older counterparts. Sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, and hockey are routinely part of a camp schedule. Many sport specialists ask for the youngest children not to come to them, because they believe the children do not get anything out of the activity. Some activity directors may also believe that scheduling children this young for sport specialist activities is a waste of time.

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Dear Camp Director:

No doubt some of the greatest demands you face are attracting, motivating, and retaining summer staff. Among the challenges are aligning your counselors to mission and helping them to engage with peers and campers. But doing so will maximize you staff's power to positively affect young lives and help you meet your goals for a successful season.

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It's a Good Day: A Personal Essay
Published Date: 2013-07-01

The gray rain wall dropped out of the sky. Lightning. Then thunder.

We, the already-tired crew on the feature film Yellow Day, were stuck. We quickly covered the large cameras in heavy plastic and donned rain gear while Bob, our Dutch production manager, called it for the day.

Not good.

Forty employees sitting idle is not cheap. And I’m the executive producer/writer of Yellow Day. I’m looking at every rain drop and thinking each one costs us a dollar.

I look out onto the set, which is anything but a set.

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Authors’ note: Based on a wide search of images on the web, we have chosen not to include photographs with this article in order to avoid furthering stereotypes or cultural appropriation.

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