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Did last year leave you drained? Join us for some celebration and rejuvenation in this month’s newsletter as we transition into the new year. It’s a wonderful synergy of the benefits of camp, the great leadership that provides the guiding vision and the young role models who carry on these goals with enthusiasm.

Speaking of transitions- Stephen Winbaum will be passing on the proverbial torch of editor this year to Charisse Formanes. We wish him the best! Read more about this in Summer Camp Greetings

Bridging the Gap at Summer Camp
Most children probably do not start camp with a conscious resolution for personal growth. It is a great gift to challenge them just enough within a safe risk environment, give them better preparation for the world ahead, and provide them the opportunity to simply be who they are. – Charisse Formanes

The Greatest Strength of Camp
With the troubled economy and impending change in administration, the question of how to plan summer schedules is more complex than in past years. While we talk about transportation, food service, and logistics, the greatest strength lies in the strength of relationships campers form through the magic of camp. When supportive staff/camper relationships are present, the immediate benefits for campers are both subtle and jaw dropping. – Camp Scholar Greg Cronin, CCD

Making an Impact on the Youth of Today
As the opening keynote for the 2008 National Conference, Rigsby’s powerful presentation skills will keep you on the edge of your seat as you learn to move beyond making an impression on the children and youth in your care to making an impact. In this brief yet poignant interview, Rigsby shares timeless insights into the value of character and the role mentors can have in shaping the lives of youth.–An Interview With Rick Rigsby, Ph.D.– from an ACA article.

Upcoming Events
  • YMCA MACC - Mid-America Camping Conference 2009 January 20 - 23, 2009
  • OCA 2009 Conference January 28 - 30, 2009
  • ACA National Conference February 17 - 20, 2009
  • 2009 CAMPference March 2 - 4, 2009

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    To All Ye Camp Bridge Keepers

    These last few steps you have to take alone,
    for it’s the best, you see.
    So when you step upon the land you’ve found on your own,
    you can be proud of “Me”.
    Even though we are mainly there for the children, let’s not forget that the camp experience is a two way street. It would be interesting to hear what you learn this year from the kids! Here’s to a great 2009! – Charisse Formanes

  • (This post was edited by CharisseMSC on Jan 20, 2009, 2:26 PM)


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