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August 2008
August Summer Camp Reading
August is a wistful month as the long days of summer wind down and give way to autumn. MySummerCamps.com recognizes all the hard work that summer camp operators have put into their summer labor of love; we know it's been worth it - writes Stephen Winbaum.
Visiting Summer Camps in Mongolia - Land of the Horse
What we found most rewarding about this journey is that we returned home with many heartfelt friendships and a willfulness to return again to this distant land. This is the magic of camp that we all recognize in the eyes of our long time campers and camper families - writes Camp Scholar Stephen Fine about his trip to Mongolia.
Horses and the Wilderness
When children and youth are given the opportunity to connect into the wellness of nature, whether that takes the form of a meaningful relationship with a horse or a connection with the majesty of a hardwood forest (or endless other possibilities), they become involved in a system that is already well - write Thecla Helmbrecht Howard, Ph.D. and Anthony H. Howard, M.S., in this ACA article.
Protect Your Campers
CampProtector.com helps parents protect their investment by providing cancellation insurance in case their child cannot attend camp. Camp Directors who traditionally would lose that child's tuition are protected as well.

Direct your camp families to CampProtector.com. Signing-up is simple and participation is inexpensive.

To learn more about how you can protect your camp and campers call us toll-free at 877-777-7738

Upcoming Events
The Go Abroad Fair - Vancouver and Toronto
September 13 to 14 in Vancouver and September 20 to 21 in Toronto, the fair is widely recognized by young Canadians pursuing opportunities abroad. Featuring study abroad and student exchange programs, eco-adventure and internship opportunities, and other possibilities.
The 11th Annual SCOPE Golf Invitational
Monday, September 22, 2008, at the Glen Head Country Club, Glen Head, Long Island; SCOPE was founded in 1991 by camp directors from ACA-New York who were motivated by their belief in the educational and developmental benefits of camp.
World Youth and Student Travel Conference - WYSTC - 2008
September 13 to 17 in Brooklyn, NY, the yearly global meeting point for key stakeholders and specialists in youth, student and educational travel, WYSTC provides a unique opportunity to develop innovative cross-sector partnerships, benefit from world class industry expertise, and trade with trusted partners.

ICC Quebec 2008 is a unique international event with the goal to create the exchange of ideas between various cultures and countries and to expand alliances between camp representatives. It is an opportunity for volunteer and professional delegates to discover and share trends and to transform the world of camping on a local or global scale. ICC Quebec 2008 is a forum for networking and building partnerships with organizations around the world. The MySummerCamps.com Group and Leadership Essentials are proud to be sponsors at this historic event in the camping industry, held in Quebec City during its 400th Anniversary. Dr. Chris Thurber, psychologist, author and consultant will be a special speaker.

Product Spotlight
Leadership Essentials
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One Last Thing
Summer Camp Sunset - 2008
August is bittersweet. It's the last month of summer camp, and there's a week or two ahead of good times, but the end is in sight. Department stores are preparing for the next step with "Back to School" signs sprouting up as reminders of the realities ahead - writes Stephen Winbaum in recognition of the final days of summer camp 2008.
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