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Friday, February 12, 2010

Denver, Here we Come

You're probably used to Leb's Ramblings being exclusive to the summer, along with a few entries to help you prepare for camp. Along with our new website, we plan to make additional use out of this blog feature. So you can look forward to entries from time to time about the goings on in the North Star offices, our travels and any other updates.

The yearly American Camp Association National Conference is one of the things that we all look forward to in February and we're getting ready to head to Denver for the conference, which starts on Tuesday the 16th. There are actually a few conferences that take place during the week. On Sunday the Association of Independant Camps holds its conference, just ahead of the ACA gathering. As you may know, Leb is the current President of the AIC. There is also the Emerging Professionals In Camping, which Andy Shlensky is very involved in. Andy has helped bring about a first ever EPIC Conference, focused towards providing resources to younger camping professionals.

So what happens at these conferences? First off, they give us an opportunity to go to large and small group sessions that focus on different issues facing summer camps. We'll hear a few different keynote speakers and also go to educational sessions that help us stay current with the latest issues. The conference is also a great opportunity to get together with our friends from camps both from Wisconsin as well as across the country. It's a lot of fun to get together with camp people who we only get to see once a year. There is also a great big exhibit hall where vendors sell anything from swim docks to climbing gear, so we'll keep an eye out for some fun new camp toys.

There are a lot of things that happen over the course of the conference and we'll do our best to keep you all informed. Check back here for periodic updates over the week and we'll try to post updates on the sessions that we're going to and other fun news from Denver. We also are looking forward to seeing Jeff and Kim McCormack, as well as Brad Holland, who will be in attendance at the conference.