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December 2008
December Summer Camp Reading
Holiday Season 2008. Pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie. Kindle a nice bright fire and snuggle up for an entertaining Newsletter. Most of all, forget about the gloomy economic news and focus on compelling camp news for the final month of this year – Stephen Winbaum
It’s Getting to Look a Lot Like Summer Camp Diversity
Summer camp reflects the growing diversity in global culture. Religion-based groups of all denominations are on the rise and camps abound without specific religious affiliations: teen travel camps, summer academic studies, computer camps, wilderness camps . . . a wide diversity of summer camps for kids with wide-ranging interests, coming from various family backgrounds – Stephen Winbaum.
Peace of Mind – It's really all about TRUST
There are many ways to think about the meaning of trust as it relates to camp. Families must trust the camp to provide an environment for their child that is safe, secure, nurturing, welcoming, positive, age-appropriate, challenging and fun. The message that needs to be sent and 'heard' by the children and their parents is: "We care. Trust us" – Lynda Fishman, M.S.W. and Sara Weinberg, M.A.
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GREEN Corp Birds. Flutes. Saxophones. Hockey sticks. More birds. Laughter. Wind rustling the leaves. A turtle plopping off a log. What was usually in the background suddenly took center stage, and the campers were encouraged to listen to the sounds of nature and correlate them to the musical instruments that are heard daily throughout the grounds – Dee Billia – from an ACA article.
Three Words that changed my life and the life of my camp
Every human interaction can be rated on a scale from emotionally nourishing to emotionally toxic. Speaking with compassion is nourishing, and combining that with power and conviction yields compassionate ACTION. Who doesn’t need more of that? – Camp Scholar Dr. Randall Grayson.
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Upcoming Events
Southwest Camp Conference 2009
January 7- 9, Midlothian, TX – The Southwest Camp Conference is a collaboration of ACA, Texoma and the YMCA. This conference is a resource for the camp and youth development community. Great Keynote speakers. Plus, a special seminar on Leadership Essentials by President, Evan Heltay. Join us at the conference where To Dare is To Do.

OCA 2009 Conference
January 28 - 30, 2009, at The Village at Blue Mountain Conference Center, Collingwood, ON. BBQ Dinner and Banquet. Great Keynote Speakers and workshop presentations. Also featuring a workshop on Website Analytics and Traffic Metrics by Evan Heltay, Hagai Maidenberg and Arthur Lui of

YMCA MACC - Mid-America Camping Conference 2009 January 20 - 23, YMCA Camp Kern, Oregonia, OH – "Survive or Thrive!" – The Mid-America YMCA Camp Conference is a great opportunity for staff, program directors, directors, and executive directors to come together, learn new skills, network with peers in the industry, and get motivated for the upcoming camping season. Plus, two entertaining and educational workshops by Evan Heltay - Online Marketing for Summer Camps and Leadership Essentials.

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One Last Thing
Recession is not Concession for Summer Camp 2009
The natural surroundings of lakes, woods, and foot paths cannot be found anywhere else. It's a green education in a world where children are clamoring to commune with the environment. The 'natural' appeal of summer camp is far more fascinating to kids than Wii, TV, or hanging around the neighborhood with nothing to do – Stephen Winbaum.
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