This-N-That Offers Free Online Registration

Ann Arbor, Mich.—, an electronic health record system for camps, is launching a free online registration system for summer camps. Families will be able to register their campers and pay camp deposits and tuition by credit card or electronic check online. Online registration will be available for the upcoming summer. For more information, visit .


Word On The Web

On Secrets For Success Nov/Dec 2013

Fantastic article. I love the collaboration we have and the social skills our friends have obtained. We LOVE camp and look forward to it all year long. Thanks again for the opportunity and the care and just being the best director.

Love you Beth!

Jacque Cumming

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On Partnering With Parents Nov/Dec 2013

Great article—thanks for showcasing our wonderful camp. My kids have been part of AOK Camp AOA since 2007 and it makes our summer!

Sue Walters

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On Gluten-Free Territory Nov/Dec 2013

I have worked with kids in camps with Celiac disease for a few years and what you say is oh-so-true. It is not the fact that the participant cannot have gluten it is the attitude of the camper, parent, camp staff, and camp community. The food service staff plays a key role in this. As long as everyone works together as a team, then the experience is good.

A suggestion for camps: as part of their disaster kits, put together a small box of gluten-free foods or have the camper bring a small emergency box. The parent should check in the box on opening day as part of the med check with the camp nurse. In case of evacuation, the nurse takes the meds, first-aid kits and the emergency food pack. In disaster relief centers, this type of food is not served.

Patricia Foltyn, RN/BSN


ACA NY And NJ Announces President

New York, NY– Andy Pritikin, owner, director, and founder of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown, NJ, and co-founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, Mass., has been named the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey’s next president.  Pritikin will succeed Scott Ralls, Owner and Director of Southwoods Camp, in April 2014.


Nature-based Camp Gets A Makeover

Kalamazoo, Mich.—One of the country’s older nature-based day camps has undergone a significant makeover to enhance its mission to provide safe experiences that allow children to grow into active and respectful community members through exploration of the natural world.

The focal point of the $1.1 million makeover is the rehabilitation, adaptive re-use and expansion of a 5,000-square-foot timber-framed barn, formerly housing farm animals and now serving as the program center for the Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp. Lord, Aeck & Sargent led the design effort.

The barn is surrounded by a wooded area forming the new 23-acre area dedicated to the New Camp Program. The New Camp is surrounded by the 1,100 acres of the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) and is actively used by the campers. The barn is now called the Timber-Frame Barn and houses the camp administrative office, catering kitchen, meeting and storage spaces, restrooms and an art studio/ecology lab.


Nasco Releases 2014 Catalog

The 2014 Nasco Arts & Crafts catalog is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Modesto, Calif. More than 2,320 new products have been added to this year’s catalog including tried-and-true art materials that help every artist and student create amazing work. Each product featured in the 532-page catalog is designed to make teaching more effective and meaningful for students from kindergarten to college.

View the entire catalog online at For a free copy of the catalog, call (800) 558-9595 or order online at


Combat Communicable Diseases

Infectious diseases like Norwalk (norovirus), pink eye, and even head lice can easily spread through a camp community. In this CampHacker podcast #56, representatives talk with camps that have excellent protocols for preventing and minimizing outbreaks. They were also joined by a retired health inspector who gave offered some additional advice. For more information, visit .


Not The Same Old S’mores

Looking for a new twist on s’mores? Try using an ice cream cone instead of graham crackers. Fill the cones with chocolate chips, marshmallows, peanut butter, bananas, caramel, strawberries or whatever else you have on hand. Wrap the entire cone in aluminum foil and place it over hot coals for 5 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally. And voila—there you have it—an old camp staple with a modern flair!




18-21 Tri-State Camp Conference, Atlantic City, NJ—Atlantic City Convention Center; (212) 391-5208;

27-29 ACA New England, Manchester, NH; (781) 541-6080;


10-12 ACA Mid States Camping Conference, St. Charles, Ill.—Pheasant Run Resort; (312) 332-0833;