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∙ Filter and find a campsite based on city, state, or zip code, specific arrival and departure dates, type of campsite, and offered amenities such as pets allowed or hook-ups. Users can also save frequently used search settings to simplify future searches.

∙ View campgrounds on a map or toggle to a list, get driving directions, and bookmark favorites.

∙ Complete reservations online or by phoning the reservation call centers.

The ReserveAmerica.com and Recreation.gov apps are available on the Apple iTunes store.

Help For Kampgrounds of America Care Camps 

Billings, Mont.—Cabela’s staff recently presented Kampgrounds of America (KOA) President Pat Hittmeier with a check for $15,000 to help support the work of the 44 KOA Care Camps for children with cancer.

KOA Care Camps provide a camping experience to children throughout the country who are either undergoing cancer treatment or in recovery from the disease. The camps are staffed with medical professionals and cost $1,500 to $5,000 per camper per week. The camps are free for participating children and their families, thanks to KOA’s support, as well as support from sponsors like Cabela’s.

Kampgrounds of America, with 484 campgrounds in North America, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Care Camps is a nonprofit charity of the KOA Owners Association that helps send children with cancer to special camps where they can enjoy recreational experiences. The KOA Care Camps Program was created in 1984 to assist in providing financial support to qualified special nonprofit cancer camps for children, according to www.koacarecamps.org.

For more information, visit www.KOAcarecamps.com.

Save The Date: Alberta Camping Association’s Annual Conference

The 2013 Alberta Camping Association’s Annual Conference will take place April 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza Edmonton-Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton. The hotel offers comfortable meeting rooms for conference sessions and is also centrally located. The Chateau Lacombe created a group online reservation page for members of the Alberta Camping Association. Visit www.albertacamping.com for more information, or, make your room reservations Monday-Friday by calling 800-661-8801.

Word on the Web

On Blast From The Past “Buddy Up!” CB March/April 2011 

Hello,

This article regarding the “Blast From the Past” with the buddy system was used by my father, who worked at Camp Hazen in Chester, Conn., back in the early 50s. He was the waterfront director at this YMCA camp for 19 years. A few times, swimmers forgot to turn over their buddy’s chip, which indicated that he/she was still in the water. So at the meal, he would ask if this person was at supper. Of course they did a real search, but it was to prove a point. He was also a Red Cross Camp Waterfront Certifier, in which he traveled New England and did waterfront certifications. Unfortunately, the Red Cross has lost a lot of the programs they used to offer camp directors in certifications.

– John Taylor

Director of Recreation

Barrington, R.I.

On Dave Bell’s Week-Ender column “Facebook Made Me A Bad Friend”

I think that’s a great exercise – very relevant to camp directors who have hundreds of former staff and campers on their “friends” list. That’s what the Subscribe button is for.

The other thing I’m thinking is to dump all of the pages that I have “liked” along the way – that’s what I find clogs up my newsfeed.

The flip side – having those camp alumni as friends and changing the settings so I don’t see their updates has meant that I have gotten two or three photo jobs a year. They see the photos I am posting and want me to be their wedding photographer.

– Travis Allison

Summer Camp Leadership and Marketing Consultant at Walking Maverick Consulting

Camphacker.org

On Ron Ciancutti’s Week-Ender column “Be Careful With Heroes”   

I felt the same way after watching the show (American Masters/PBS). My husband and I talked about his life. He (Johnny Carson) may have had a fun life on camera and gone to some fabulous parties, etc., but his personal life was sad. He didn’t spend time with his family and I think that was his big regret. In the end, a career or job can’t hug you and love you. He had America’s love, but not the kind we want – the personal kind of love from a spouse and children. It was apparent that he wasn’t involved in his kids’ lives. The ex-wife(wives) raised those kids. I was in the audience for his show in 1981. What a fun guy. He had Ringo Star, Michael Landon and Lauren Tewes from the Love Boat as guests.

– Barb Burkholder

Recreation Administrator

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