Technology 2.0

Unlike a plethora of other markets that experienced an influx of dot-coms that made some hay then vanished into thin air, the camp marketplace has provided and supported a bevy of healthy software and Web-based providers. Their success is due in large part to the fact that they’re selling products camps actually need. It’s the old supply-and-demand scenario.

Earlier this year we sent out surveys to companies who provide technology products and services specifically to children’s camps. These companies run the gamut from Web service and online interactive content providers to camp management software vendors, and everything in between that’s computer-based and makes the daily grind that much easier.

As we did last year, we’re publishing an abbreviated version of the full report here. The entire report can be found at www.camp-business.com. Click on Camp Business magazine on the left side of the homepage, then scroll down on that page to Articles, Forms & Reports and click there.

What you’ll find on the Web is a breakdown of each software company’s offerings into products and pricing, technical requirements, connectivity, management/operations/database functions, registration functions, on-line interactive services, search-engine services, other services, third-party compatibilities, upgrade and support policies and contact information.

Here, we’ve provided a snapshot based on information provided by each vendor, edited to fit a relatively consistent style, intended to give an idea of each offering. You’re encouraged to do further research via our Web site and the Web sites off all the vendors listed here.

We’ll publish an annual update each year to keep you informed of changes and upgrades. Your input is valuable and we invite you to let us know if there’s any other information we can help provide.

Bunk1.com

Products and prices: Bunk1′s password-protected summer services are available at no cost to the camp. Services include Bunk Notes, which lets parents send one-way e-mail to campers; Bunk Replies, which lets campers respond to Bunk Notes with Bunk1′s camper fax-back system; Photo Gallery, where parents view (and can buy) pictures from camp; Video Gallery for posting camp videos on-line; Newsletter and Message Boards to help the camp community stay in touch in the off-season. Other Web site services include Bunk1 CampSite, which offers simple tools to build a camp Web site (no Web master necessary); Care Package Store and Custom Website Design. Other Bunk1 services include Camp1, fully integrated, Web-based camp management and on-line registration; Bunk1 Messenger, for phone messaging; Camp Search Engine; Staffing Service; On-line Surveys and CD-ROM Photo Yearbooks.

Technical requirements & connectivity: Windows PC with Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, or Mac with Safari 1.0 or higher; dial-up or high-speed (cable, DSL) Internet connection. No software required.

Third-party compatibilities: Fully compatible with all camp market-specific and off-the-shelf software.

Upgrade policies: Bunk1′s features are Internet-based so all upgrades and improvements are instantly available. There is no need to manually install patches or software upgrades.

Support policies: Bunk1 provides separate toll-free numbers for camp owners and camp parents to call during the summer. Bunk1 customer service representatives are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact information: Bunk1, 211 West 61st Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10023, (888) 465-2267, info@Bunk1.com, www.bunk1.com

CampBrain

Products and prices: CampBrain, camp and conference center management software, $1,900 and up. On-line Registration prices vary.

Technical requirements: Network setup — Windows 2000 or Windows XP, 128 MB or more RAM, 50 MB or more hard disk space, Pentium 266 MHz or faster. Workstation — Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, 128 MB or more RAM, 50 MB or more hard disk space, Pentium 266 MHz or faster, 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution, Microsoft Access (Access 97, 2000, XP, 2003. Access is included in Microsoft Office Professional and Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise editions only). Single user (no network) — Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, 128 MB or greater RAM, 50 MB or more hard disk space, Pentium 266 MHz or faster, 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution, Microsoft Access (Access 97, 2000, XP, 2003. Access is included in Microsoft Office Professional and Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise editions only).

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