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By Mark Gold

Mark Gold, Director of the Grinspoon Institute
July... To different people in the business of summer camp, the month of July means different things. In some regions where school starts in August, the camp season is drawing to a close. In other regions, mid-July is the half-way point of the camp season, with another few weeks left of camp. For all of you, however, I know how busy you have been and I thank you for taking time out of your schedule to review this eNewsletter.

Throughout the summer, I've been drawing an analogy between summer camp and major league baseball. Prior columns compared your efforts to spring training; now you've reached mid-season or beyond. Major league baseball just celebrated the All-Star game, and so our eNewsletter this month celebrates some of the hundreds of All-Stars who work within our family of camps.

Our eNewsletter camp case this month celebrates the All-Stars at URJ Camp Newman who create a memorable experience for each of their more than 1,000 camp visitors. We also recognize camp Board members, the All-Stars who work on behalf of camp by offering them mid-season tips on their role during the summer. As you pass the mid-point of your camp season, make sure that you identify and recognize your camp All-Stars, be they alumni, volunteers or staff.

Although we're teasing it in this month's eNewsletter, the formal kick-off for registration to the annual Grinspoon Institute Camp Conference will begin in earnest next month. Over 100 camp All-Stars will be sharing their experiences at this year's conference - a new record! Be on the look-out for our August eNewsletter where you will not only find out more details about our conference but begin to understand how all these baseball analogies come together.




Board's Role During Camp

By Julia Riseman

Camp is in full swing. Professional staff members and counselors are swimming in the day-to-day details of camp. But what can Board members do to make this the most successful camp season ever ... and ensure many camp seasons to come? Read on for some tips on what Board members can do to help this summer.


Camp Case: URJ Camp Newman 

By Dena Kaufman
Alumni & Development Director

Camp Case: URJ Camp Newman
During this summer, over 1,000 people will visit Camp Newman. Daryl Messinger, Camp Board Chair, and Ruben Arquilevich, Camp Director, know that the more people that see and experience the joy and the needs of camp, the more successful a major campaign will be. Read on to find out how Camp Newman has leveraged Grinspoon Institute resources - and their own hard work and planning - to successfully host over 1,000 visitors this summer.

Note: Come to Dena's session at the Grinspoon Institute Annual Conference on November 4th - The Win-Win of Visitors to Camp: Tools for Survival - and learn the details on minimizing the impact to campers while maximizing the impact on visitors and camp fundraising and promotion. You will learn to give tours with meaning, manage the information you gather, and magnify the experience beyond the visit. Look for Dena's session when conference registration opens in mid-August.


Conference Update

Registration for the Grinspoon Institute Annual Conference to be held in Springfield, MA on November 4-5, 2012 will open in mid-August. Thanks to the generosity of Harold Grinspoon, it is still free to register.

Please be sure to make your travel arrangements soon. You can find more information about the hotel and travel planning on our website.

Some changes for this year's conference to keep in mind:

  • Over 100 camp professionals and lay leaders will present this year. This is truly your conference!
  • We will offer a set of Sunday morning sessions (11 AM - 12:30 PM) as well as post-conference intensives late Tuesday afternoon. Make your travel plans accordingly if you are interested in participating.
  • Due to popular demand, we will provide more content on Alumni outreach and engagement.
  • Legacy training and workshops will be spread throughout the conference schedule.
  • Sessions specifically created with Day Camps in mind.
  • Designated time for camp teams to meet together at the end of the conference to plan for the upcoming year.
  • More workshops, more peer-led mini-sessions, more outside presenters, more specifically-defined tracks!

Who should attend the conference? Camp Executive Directors and Directors, Board Presidents, Camp Development and Communications Staff, new Board members, Legacy Team members, etc.

A big thank you to the over 100 volunteers who have already agreed to speak at this year's conference.

More information about the conference can be found on our website.