Packing for Summer Camp: Don’t Let Campers Forget These Essential Items

Share this packing list with parents so your camps don't forget anything they'll need for camp!

Kids arrive at camp all smiles and excitement, their bags packed neatly with clothes, swimsuits, shoes, socks and toothbrushes. Throughout the session, however, a few “uh, oh” moments may spoil the fun. Now is the time to remind your participants about a few frequently forgotten summer camp essentials to add to their packing lists. Check out our handy list below, and you may even choose to share it via email or social media. Parents will thank you, and the kids will, too! Continue reading

How to Identify the Warning Signs of Bullying

warning signs of bullying

Bullying is no longer an issue in the shadows, discussed only in whispers and often dismissed as minor child’s play. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in every five students reported being bullied in 2016. Whether bullying occurs in-person or online, victims across all demographics can be targeted in wide-ranging, and often extremely cruel, ways. Continue reading

Pre-Summer Communication for Camp Directors: Share the Benefits of Camp

Share the Benefits of Summer Camp with Parents

Parents who grew up going to camp every summer are likely aware of the benefits those experiences provided. But what if they didn’t?

The pre-summer weeks are a great time to emphasize the positive effect your camp can have on kids’ minds and physical health. Plus, a well-timed email can spur a decision if parents or kids are still on the fence, filling last-minute vacancies in your sessions. Continue reading

Perspectives & Connections Highlight the 2018 Tri-State Camp Conference

ACTIVE Camp and Class Team at ACA Tri State 2018

The 2018 Tri-State Camp Conference, hosted by the American Camp Association of New York & New Jersey, took place March 19-22 in Atlantic City. Representing the world’s largest gathering of camp professionals, some 3,000 attendees came together this year to share insights, display products and services and connect with colleagues in the camp industry. Continue reading

2018 ACA Conference Recap: ACTIVE Network’s Camarin Wanamaker on “Kids Today”

The 2018 American Camp Association (ACA) National Conference took place February 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. The event brings together over 11,000 professionals in the camp and after-school industry to learn new skills and share their experiences in forming the minds and lives of young people across the country.

This year, ACTIVE Network’s Camarin Wanamaker, Digital Marketing Consultant, was a featured speaker at ACA. With more than a decade of camps and classes experience at ACTIVE, she has great insight into the market. We caught up with Camarin to get a few of the major takeaways from her presentation, “Kids Today.” Continue reading