"Top of the class" in association education.
A team of volunteers and staff led by Marge Scanlin, Ed.D. ACA division director of membership and field services, developed a video tape and workbook titled Camp White Cloud Goes To Court. This training video has been purchased by hundreds of camps for staff risk management training.
Markel Rhulen Underwriters and Brokers co-sponsored the event.
Congratulations to James C. Cox, Ph.D., ACA director of education, the planning team, and everyone involved in making this program a success.
Day Camp Conference a hit
History was made October 13-15, 1994 with the first-ever National Day Camp Conference in Chicago. The ACA Illinois Section hosted the event with more than 30 volunteers helping out.
Over 190 participants and speakers came from around the country to share and learn about issues related to the operation and management of day camps. Participants repeatedly acknowledged the networking opportunities that took place. Several said that it felt like "family."
"Joe's secret" success
The "Sh-h-h-h, It's A Secret" summer campaign to honor Joe Kruger's 90th birthday brought $52,700 into the endowment/public awareness campaign. This is particularly noteworthy because most of the respondents were camp directors in the midst of their camp season.
Jean and Andy McMullan, who presented the gift, were guests of Nancy Goldberg at Belvoir Terrace Camp in Lenox, Massachusetts. A number of western Massachusetts camp directors gathered to honor Joe, the endowment campaign chair, and to hear an unusual concert by persons with Williams Syndrome. At the celebration dinner, they heard the results of the secret campaign and Joe, in typical fashion, responded by telling the gathered camp clan of the importance of supporting camp through this endowment campaign.
Anyone can still donate to this birthday celebration by sending in a pledge and first year payment to: Jean McMullan, Oceangate # 317, 5000 N A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963.
The Certified Director Institute (CDI) is now the Camp Director Institute and is no longer a certification event only. It is now an education event open to anyone who meets these prerequisites:
* three years experience as a camp director and completion of a Basic Camp Director Course; or
* six years experience as a camp director.
These changes were created by the National Education Council as a result of recommendations from the National Certification Board.
The next Camp Director Institute will be held February 15-20, 1994 in Ellenton, Florida (about one hour south of Tampa). It will be held just prior to the ACA 1995 National Conference in Orlando. Transportation is available from Ellenton to Orlando. For more information, contact the ACA Education Department.
Section education chairs attend training
Thirty-seven people participated in the ACA Section Education Chair Training Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., October 27-30. Participants left this "hands-on" interactive conference with five fully-planned educational events: an annual meeting/workshop, spring/fall conference, certification weekend, seminar on diversity, and single-focused event on food service. Each event contained the basic elements of program design and development such as needs assessment, resources, speaker recruitment, logistics, marketing, budgeting, and so forth.
A large part of ACA education programs are delivered in the sections, with a minimum of two educational events per year. In most sections, education chairs are responsible for the design, development, and delivery of educational programs. This is usually accomplished in concert with several volunteers from the section.
From the national office
The ACA Bookstore says goodbye to a loyal, long-time employee. Marilyn McClain, who has served as Shipping and Receiving Specialist in the bookstore for almost 16 years, retires mid-January. If you've purchased a book from the bookstore, chances are Marilyn packed your order. Many of you remember Marilyn's "I've never met a stranger" attitude from visits to the bookstore in Indiana or at conferences.
Although we are happy for Marilyn as she looks forward to finally having time for her hobbies -- painting and genealogy -- she leaves a big job behind. We will all miss her, but expect she'll come in once in a while to make sure we've inked the postage meter correctly and shut off all the lights. To wish Marilyn good luck, send notes in care of the Bookstore Manager.
Nov/Dec cover photo
Thanks to some detectives in the field, we can provide the photo credit for our November/December 1994 cover photo. The boys were having a ball on the toboggan runs at Camp Rosenthal of the Chicago Youth Centers in Dowagiac, Michigan.
Corporate volunteers refurbish camp
Forty volunteers from Southern California Edison traveled into the San Bernadino mountains in October for a rewarding camp experience. For the second consecutive year, they helped refurbish Camp Paivika, a rustic retreat owned and operated by the Crippled Children's Society. Eager volunteers painted the recreation and arts and crafts rooms. They also trimmed trees and painted tall light poles and flag poles with the electric company's own equipment. Last year, the volunteers built a new horse corral. According to Ken Mortensen, director of camp programs for CCS, Edison has a large volunteer committee whose project leaders-sought out the relationship with the camp.
Special winter programs offered
Recreation Unlimited, National Challenge Center for People with Disabilities, is offering downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice fishing programs this winter. According to winter sports manager, Stephen Ricker, "Our uniquely designed programs ... encourage the disabled to actively participate versus being a side-line observer." The center is located in Ashley, Ohio, northeast of Columbus.
Meet Camping Magazine's editorial advisory board
Camping Magazine's editorial advisory board members assist the managing editor year-round by reviewing manuscripts and serving as guest editors of theme issues.
This year's chair is Bruce Matthews, a member of the Natural Resources Extension faculty at Cornell University. He coordinates the New York Sportfishing and Aquatics Resources Education Program, and is consultant to the National Wildlife Federation. His articles and photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. Bruce has directed camps in New York and New Hampshire.
Bill Becker is a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Georgia Southern University. He is also the Director of Special Projects at Blue Star Camps in Hendersonville, N.C., and has worked in camps in North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, and California. He has given presentations and written numerous articles about camp.
Karla Henderson is a professor of Curriculum in Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is widely-published in her field and represents Camping Magazine on ACA's National Education Council. Karla grew up less than two miles from Camp Wapsie Y, Iowa.
Michael Pastore is camp director and administrator of Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp in Pomfret Center, Conn. He is also author of more than 10 books, including Dynamite Counselors Don't Explode. This fall he biked from Seattle to San Francisco.
Virginia Thompson is manager of and has written several handbooks for the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center at the Oregon State University Extension Service. She has served as editor of the Oregon Trail newsletter for the past five years, is an ACA national delegate for the Oregon Trail Section, and serves on the ACA Core Services Task Force.
Readers may contact editorial advisory board members through the managing editor's office.
Culver director retires
Fred Lane, CCD, retired November 1 from his position as director of the Culver Summer Camps, Culver, Ind. Fred had served as director for 16 years. Culver's new director is Bruce Holaday. Bruce has also been with Culver for several years, serving as past director of the Naval School and as chair of the English department.
American Diabetes honors ACA member
ACA member Jane K. Kadohiro, RN, MPH, CDE, of Aiea, Hawaii, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Camping and Diabetes award by the American Diabetes Association. Ms. Kadohiro has organized and directed the Annual Diabetes Youth Camp in Hawaii for more than a decade, has been instrumental in raising money to support the camp's operations, and developed a policy and procedures manual for camp volunteers and staff.
Horsemanship Safety Association moves office
Longtime ACA member Betty Bennett-Talbot, CCD, president of the Horsemanship Safety Association, Inc., informed us that the association's main office has moved from Wisconsin to Fentress, Texas. Betty was co-founder of Hoofbeat Ridge Camp in Wisconsin and now directs the Florida office of HSA. A non-profit educational organization, HSA certifies riding instructors, issues quarterly newsletters, and produces instruction manuals.