December 2007 Newsletter

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In This Issue
  • News You Can Use
  • Upcoming Events
  • Product Spotlight
  • One Last Thing

  • News You Can Use

    A Summer Camp Season's Greeting
    Wishing a season's greetings from a summer camp directory in the midst of winter is a paradox. Where I work, Christmas is snowy white while camp, is the hot sun, the cool lake, and t-shirt time – writes Stephen Winbaum of

    Affluence and Adversity at Summer Camp
    A sheltered upbringing does not necessarily produce adults with resiliency and self confidence. Some adversity is necessary to create strength of character. When we fail or struggle or suffer, we find inner resources which increase our self awareness – writes Anne Morawetz, Director of Camp Ponacka for Boys.

    Wish Wonder and Surprise
    Play is more pure and inspired when it is free of the digested images and ideas of movies, television, or YouTube. Through original play, children learn social skills, their passions, and their potential – writes Camp Scholar, Randall Grayson.

    A Peace Corps Volunteer Goes to Camp
    I had no idea that little kids could play “Duck, Duck, Goose” for an entire hour. As well, I was fascinated by the interest and enthusiasm of the older kids when we played baseball, made tie-dye shirts, and wove friendship bracelets – writes Lani Horowitz, a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Upcoming Events

    2008 Southwest Camping Conference & National YMCA Camp Conference
    Jan. 9 to 11, 2008, near Dallas, TX at the Collin County Adventure Camp. This conference will provide an affordable, quality professional development event for professionals to network and share knowledge. Special Seminar – Evan Heltay & Hagai Maidenberg from in a session on Internet Marketing for Summer Camps.

    YMCA MACC 2008 Mid-America Camping Conference
    January 15 to 18, 2008, Brookston, IN. "Mission Possible"! YMCA MACC Camp Conference is a great opportunity for staff, program directors, directors, and executive directors to come together, learn new skills, and network with peers in the industry.

    OCA - 76th Annual Conference - "Spreading the Word"
    January 23 to January 25 - Blue Mountain Resort & Conference Centre in Collingwood, Ontario. With Keynote Speaker Justin Trudeau, and entertainment by Susan Aglukark. Featuring Canada’s largest commercial exhibit hall and Winter Carnival Evening. Special seminars on Online Marketing for Residential Camp Directors and Day Camp Directors by's Evan Heltay and Hagai Maidenberg.

    Special Camp Fair On Saturday
    Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 from 11 AM to 3 PM – New York City. Representatives from 70 New York City day camps and sleepaway camps in the northeast will be on hand to help parents and professionals plan productive summer experiences for children with disabilities.

    Product Spotlight

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    One Last Thing

    Healthy Camp Cooking for Kids
    Everybody collects bits of Christmas memories over the years. These memories become the substance of what the holidays mean. And as we begin to plan for the season ahead, the excitement of creating the next chapter fires the days – writes Chef Trish Posey – including a special outdoors Christmas Camp Feast.

    Protect Your Campers
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