This-N-That

Last year, 14-year-old Leah Blum died at a West Virginia camp when a tree limb fell 35 feet and onto her tent. According to media reports, some speculated whether heavy rains were to blame for the accident. This winter, take the time to walk your camp property–look around at the trees for broken or rotting limbs, survey the ground for potential tripping hazards, such as tree roots and crumbling sidewalks and examine playground equipment and picnic tables for structural problems. Although every accident cannot be avoided, a short walk and a quick glance might make the difference between a diversion and a disaster.

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Calendar

January

12-14 Southwest Camp Conference, Hunt, Texas—Mo Ranch Camp and Conference Center; www.acatexoma.org

14 Southwest Conferenece, Phoenix, Ariz.; www.acasouthwest.org

20-22 Indiana Conference, West Lafayette, Ind.—Purdue Memorial Union;

www.acaindiana.org

28 Ohio Camping Conference, Columbus, Ohio—Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center The Ohio State University; www.acaohio.org

February

16-19 ACA National Conference, Denver, Colo.—Denver Hyatt; www.acacamps.org

March

11-13 Mid States Camping Conference, St. Charles, Ill.; www.acamidstates.org

16-19 ACA Tri-State Conference, Atlantic City, N.J.—Atlantic City Convention Center; www.tristatecampconference.com

April

13 Association of Jewish Camp Operators Jewish Camp Expo & Conference, Brooklyn, N.Y.– Rose Castle; www.shaule.com

22 ACA Keystone Regional Conference, Allentown, Penn.—Holiday Inn Conference Center; www.acakeystone.org

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