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November 2008
November Summer Camp Reading
November 2008 will long be remembered for the 4th day of the month and the titanic outcome of the American presidential race. The November 2008 MySummerCamps.com Newsletter is dedicated to the concept of leadership, a quality that is sought after and inculcated across the summer camp industry – writes Stephen Winbaum
What Summer Camp Can Learn from the Obama Camp
On November 4, the country made an important purchase decision in the voting booth. It was a historic day for American politics -- and for marketing. To prosper over the next couple of years, now is the time to find your version of "Change." – writes summer camp marketing expert – Steve Cony.
Summer Camp Leadership
When you respect people enough to pay attention to them, you enable them to find their best selves, and to reach for the stars. That’s why politicians should learn from summer camp – because every day at summer camp, every child finds a better self inside themselves - and that’s how a better world is made – writes Camp Scholar Joanne Kates.
Protect Your Campers
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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
The Soul of Your Leadership How one wants to "be" is a huge question for all of us, and one that I ask my students when I am in a leadership role. The other question I ask is "what do you have inside that no one can take away?" These qualities cannot be affected by the external environment. The answer to this question takes me and those I am influencing to the deepest core values and beliefs of who we are as leaders – writes Garcia Wood in this ACA article.
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Upcoming Events
2008 Annual WAIC Conference
December 6 to 9, 2008 at The BROADMOOR – the beautiful Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort in Colorado Springs, CO. WAIC is a magnificent group of fun and savvy professionals. Join them, you won't be disappointed!

2009 Southwest Camp Conference
January 7 to 9, 2009 – 2009 Southwest Camp Conference – Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center, Midlothian, TX. This year's theme is To Dare is to Do. 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

Product Spotlight
Leadership Essentials
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To meet your training needs, CampSpirit is proud to offer Leadership Essentials, a brand-new, premium library of online video training modules, written and hosted by Dr. Christopher Thurber and friends. Each module teaches critical leadership skills that every camp counselor needs to effectively deal with the social, behavioral, and disciplinary situations that arise at all summer camps.
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One Last Thing
The President of Summer Camp
Politics bear little resemblance to the ideals of camping today, where high-stakes competition is frowned upon in favor of non-competitive activities. Summer camp is about 'getting along' - bonding. It's nothing like the negative campaigning, take-no-prisoners approach of partisan politics – writes Stephen Winbaum.
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