News & Events

Furniture Concepts Introduces BedBug Mall

Warrensville Heights, Ohio--Furniture Concepts introduces the BedBug Mall, a collection of products designed to help camps proactively manage the menace of bedbugs. The service offers a broad spectrum of products and services ranging from a Proactive Bedbug Action Plan to Bedbug Monitors, Bedbug Interceptors, Thermal Luggage Treatment, Bedbug Proof Mattress Covers and Thermal Room Treatments. The BedBug Mall provides the tools to help train staff to identify bedbugs, to handle bedbugs and bedbug-infested items without spreading the pests, to kill bedbugs and to understand the proper way to react to a complaint of bedbugs. For more information call (800) 969-4100, or visit


Writer Makes Detour At Camp Business

Medina, Ohio--Silvana Clark, a regular contributor to Camp Business, stopped at our magazine’s headquarters during her tour of the country, which she has been on since March. Clark and her husband, Allan, are criss-crossing the country in an RV outfitted and sponsored by Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to less fortunate individuals. Clark makes frequent stops to give presentations about the organization and pick up loads of shoes to pass long to others. Thanks to Silvana and Allan for stopping by and we wish you luck on the open road! For more information, visit


Help Wanted

I am an avid reader of your magazine. Your articles give us lots of ideas and how-to's for our campground. I am looking for motivated, outgoing and reliable people for my arts, crafts and activities program to work with both children and adult programs. Where do I find people like that? I have tried local colleges with no success.

Andrea Steele, Owner

Campers Paradise

Sigel, Penn.


You already took the best step--local colleges. Other options include: art schools, art teachers (in local schools), museum curators, daycare teachers, and youth /church leaders.

I suggest talking with these folks and see if:

a) They would be interested in staffing your programs, or

b) They know anybody who is qualified and might be looking.

Like all things in life, it often comes down to good, old-fashioned networking. Normally, when you start with these folks you end up with someone right for the job.

Good luck – and thanks for reading the magazine!


Rodney J. Auth


Camp Business


Draw Media Attention To Your Camp

Tully, N.Y.--Run River Enterprises, a consulting company specializing in strategic planning and marketing, has launched a new service for camps and retreat/conference centers. It is a public media placement service for news about your camp/center. Many sites find it challenging to get positive news about their site published in the media. This service allows sites to target a specific geographic area and the subject area (such as parenting or conservation interests) which media contacts cover. The service then distributes a press release to each identified media contact in their preferred form: e-mail, fax, or hard copy. The database of more than 800,000 contacts includes magazine, newspaper, radio and online publications as well as editorial calendars. The service is available by annual subscription. For more information, call (315) 559-9526, or e-mail

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Wander Through Winter

Last year, 14-year-old Leah Blum died at a West Virginia camp when a tree limb fell 35 feet and onto her tent. According to media reports, some speculated whether heavy rains were to blame for the accident. This winter, take the time to walk your camp property--look around at the trees for broken or rotting limbs, survey the ground for potential tripping hazards, such as tree roots and crumbling sidewalks and examine playground equipment and picnic tables for structural problems. Although every accident cannot be avoided, a short walk and a quick glance might make the difference between a diversion and a disaster.




12-14 Southwest Camp Conference, Hunt, Texas—Mo Ranch Camp and Conference Center;

14 Southwest Conferenece, Phoenix, Ariz.;

20-22 Indiana Conference, West Lafayette, Ind.—Purdue Memorial Union;

28 Ohio Camping Conference, Columbus, Ohio—Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center The Ohio State University;


16-19 ACA National Conference, Denver, Colo.—Denver Hyatt;


11-13 Mid States Camping Conference, St. Charles, Ill.;

16-19 ACA Tri-State Conference, Atlantic City, N.J.—Atlantic City Convention Center;


13 Association of Jewish Camp Operators Jewish Camp Expo & Conference, Brooklyn, N.Y.-- Rose Castle;

22 ACA Keystone Regional Conference, Allentown, Penn.—Holiday Inn Conference Center;

Bryan BuchkoComment