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January 2009

January Summer Camp Reading
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
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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.
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Upcoming Events

YMCA MACC - Mid-America Camping Conference 2009 January 20 - 23, 2009 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.

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 MySummerCamps.com.


ACA National Conference
February 17 - 20, 2009, at Orlando, FL. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. This year’s theme, The Power of the Experience, explores both the meaning and the depth of our experience with children, youth, teens, and families. With the strength of our voices and the compelling story of the camp experience, we can make a powerful, societal impact.

2009 CAMPference
March 2 - 4, 2009 , Kerrville, TX at Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center. Camping Association for Mutual Progress (CAMP) has the goal to strengthen the camping industry and raise health and safety standards for all camps through the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and collection of ideas.



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One Last Thing

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

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