Rosie, Catherine, Dianne and Megan spent the last 3 days of January at the annual Ontario Camps Association Conference in Toronto.
This annual event draws hundreds of camp directors, owners and their affiliates from Canada and the eastern USAto learn about the current trends and new developments relevant to the world of camping, be it residential, day camp, special needs, or a "niche" camp such as Ak-O-Mak.
It is a wonderful opportunity to hear expertsfroma variety of professional fields such asfamily and child psychology, mental health,government regulators, informationtechnology and communication (the good and the bad), the Arts, Law,and facility maintenance! This is the myriad of "stuff" that we need to be informed about BEHINDthe scenes in order to deliver a terrific camp experience "out front" to our camp clients.
Our 'camp clients", by the way,are not limited tothe campers who paddleour canoes. Behind every camper is a family unit of varying description, a family who makes it possible for that girl to attend Camp Ak-O-Mak. Although we endeavour to give girls a wonderful camp experience, we remain mindful of the many concerns that you parents, grand-parents, step-parents and guardians share as you send your little Happy Camper away, often for the first time.
The OCA conference always get us fired up and excited for the upcoming summer! More importantly, however, it reminds us of the critical role summer camp plays in the lives of children and how privileged we are to be a part of "growing up" great kids at Ak-O-Mak!
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