July 2, 2017
Our Mission Statement
Our Core Values
- Experiencing God in Nature
Every person lives their life based on at least one core value, even though it may not be blatantly evident. As we prepare for Jesus’ soon coming, we are reminded that there are core values that He wants to instill in His people that make up each person’s character. Here’s an acrostic that reflects core values as it relates to CHARACTER. What are your camp’s core values? How are they demonstrated?
Ethics & Integrity
DIRECTOR’S CLIPBOARD for ALL STAFF
SUMMER CAMP EVANGELISM REPORT
Be sure to print this form as a convenient way to keep track of your summer camp attendance, those requesting baptism, and decisions made for Christ. You will want to send in your report to Tracy Wood on or before September 30th. Thanks for doing your part in making known the value of camp ministry throughout the North American Division!
FRESH FOLLOW-UP ON DECISIONS FOR CHRIST
One of the challenges many summer camps have is the follow-up with those young people who have made decisions for Christ or for baptism. Craig Heinrich, Leoni Meadows’ Administrative Camp Director, shared a proposal to the conference evangelism committee to sponsor a young person to actively follow up those decisions. That proposal was approved and a person has been hired to fill that role.
LOG CABIN AT LEONI MEADOWS
At Leoni Meadows’ Frontier Camp, a log cabin kit was purchased from donations and constructed. The cabin, along with a teepee, creates the thematic setting for their campfire programs that are hosted there each week. It took about four days to put the logs together once the concrete foundation had ‘set’. In the picture below, the roofing still needs to be completed.
HELP NEEDED IN HAWAII THIS COMING YEAR!
Camp Directors…You may have one or more of your staff who may be looking at taking a year out of school. If so, have them consider volunteering as an ASSISTANT TO THE CAMP MANAGER IN HAWAII! In brief, they would serve as an assistant to Dennis Anderson, the Camp Waianae Camp Manager, in all areas of duties such as maintaining the grounds (lawn mowing), cleaning facilities, checking user groups in and out, providing user group supervision, and repairs of buildings. They should know how to be a team player and follow instructions by exhibiting initiative, working with minimal supervision, being adaptable and able to evaluate priorities, use equipment in a safe manner, and keep things tidy and neat. Of course, good English speaking skills are essential. For more information see Job Openings below. Dennis can be contacted at email@example.com .
THEME SONG SHIRTS
Does your camp have a theme song? One camp decided that each year they would put one phrase of their theme song on the back of their staff shirts. After five years, those staff who were there for five years would have the entire song. At the evening campfire program, selected staff wear the five shirts, stand on stage in a line and, while singing the song, turn around revealing their phrase to be sung by the group.
AACP CAMP DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE
Wimberly Wolfe has graciously provided all of the members an AACP Camp Directory. If you would like one, click on this link and for those of you who wish, you can also print it off: AACP Camp Directory
ONE MORE SALE
Holidays and birthdays are often ‘gift-giving’ times and your camp’s store may provide items that could be purchased as gifts. Here’s a tip: When completing a sale simply ask..."Is there someone else on your holiday or gift list that I may help you with?" It really works! Happy Retailing! For more ideas, contact Patti Patti Biro and Associates; P.O. Box 2994; Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (760) 712-7385 or go to their website at http://www.pattibiro.com
IS THAT EGG FRESH?
Here is how to tell if your eggs are fresh: Place the egg in a bowl of water. If the egg lays on its side at the bottom, it is still quite fresh. If the egg stands upright on the bottom, it is still fine to eat (but should be eaten very soon or hard-boil it). If the egg floats to the top, it is past its prime and is not good for eating.
As has already been announced, the AACP convention will be held at Pine Springs Ranch in the Southeastern California Conference. Check-in will begin sometime Wednesday afternoon, November 29 and conclude with Sunday breakfast on December 3, 2017. You might want to plan some vacation days before or after since there are plenty of attractions in Southern California. NOTE: The AACP Board will be meeting that same Wednesday morning at 9:00, so you might want to arrive Tuesday evening. More information will be coming out on that later. More information will be shared as it becomes available. Hope to see you there!
THIS SUMMER’S NATIONAL CAMPS FOR BLIND CHILDREN
Christian Record Services, Inc., reports that this is its 51st summer camp season. The theme for 2017 is “Shine Bright!” Please pray for safety for all who will be attending or work at these camps, and for the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of these campers. Here are the camps and dates scheduled for this summer (current as of 6.19.17):
Glacier View Ranch June 25-July 2 Shannon Werner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawroweld June 25-July 2 Tonya Turcotte, email@example.com
Leoni Meadows July 30-August 6 Contact: Debbi Alexander, 530-626-3610
Kulaqua September 24-29 Contact: Ray Queen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunset Lake June 25-July 2 Contact: Elizabeth Yeagley, email@example.com
Timber Ridge Camp June 18-25 Contact: Trish Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tukuskoya (NEW!) July 27-29, 2017 Contact: Jerilyn Burtch, email@example.com
Valley Vista Camp July 23-26 Contact: Jane Browning, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wakonda June 28-July 2 Contact: Tammi Baker, email@example.com
Wewoka Woods July 23-28 Contact: Apple Park, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorktown Bay July 16-23 Contact: Norine Westerbeck Guillerman 870-647-2982
For further information contact - Jeri Lyn Rogge, Communication Director
Christian Record Services, Inc. 402-488-0981 x213
TOP TEN BUSINESS PHRASES THAT SHOW YOU CARE!
Most businesses know these, and they apply to camps and to camp staff. Here are phrases #’s 6 through 10. The top five will be in the August E-News.
10. The TEN most important words:
“I APOLOGIZE FOR OUR MISTAKE. LET ME MAKE IT RIGHT.”
When something goes wrong, most people just want to be heard and acknowledged. So listen, apologize, then ask what you can do to make it right.
9. The NINE most important words:
“THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS, PLEASE COME BACK AGAIN.”
Repeat customers cost less than new customers and are often more loyal.
8. The EIGHT most important words:
“I’M NOT SURE, BUT I WILL FIND OUT.”
It’s ok if you don’t know the answer; it’s not ok to make the customer keep searching for it. That’s your job.
7. The SEVEN most important words:
“WHAT ELSE CAN I DO FOR YOU?”
Be prepared to go the extra mile; there is less competition there.
6. The SIX most important words:
“WHAT IS MOST CONVENIENT FOR YOU?”
Your customers will be pleasantly surprised when you ask what’s convenient for them.
SOLAR ECLIPSE MAY BE COMING YOUR WAY!
This map shows the path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse. To see the total solar eclipse, you'll need to be located somewhere along the blue path that stretches across the U.S.A. If you're positioned outside the path of totality, you will be able to see a partial solar eclipse.
QUOTES FOR CONTEMPLATION
- Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together. — Robert South
- Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. — Unknown
- There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task. — William James
- You can’t control the length of your life, but you can control its depth. — Unknown
- The biggest goal can be accomplished if you break it down into enough small steps. — Henry Ford
This is a section dedicated to those camps either looking for equipment or wanting to donate or sell one or more items. Send your list of needs or items you’d like to get to another camp (donating or selling) to email@example.com.
Résumé – SEEKING JOB POSITIONS
DO YOU HAVE JOB OPENINGS?
If you have a job opening for year-round staff, let us know and we can post it here. Or if you are having trouble finding someone to fill a particular position in summer camp, that can be posted here too. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get it published.
CAMP WAIANAE – ASSISTANT CAMP MANAGER
Here is a bit more on this position:
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Must have completed high school or GED.
KNOWLEDGE: Must be a practicing member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Knowledge and compliance with the working polices of the Hawaii Conference of SDA.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to see well, read, speak and hear. Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing. Be able to stand, walk, bend, kneel for long periods of time. Must be able to carry and lift heavy items, etc. The job requires the frequent use of weed eaters and lawn mowers.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The work environment is in an outdoor setting with all noise levels. Volunteer hours fluctuate depending on the day and needs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Must live on camp premises.
- Perform all tasks to the best of one’s ability and in a timely manner.
- If there are questions about how to accomplish a given assignment, ask questions.
- Cut lawns; trim and edge around walks, flower beds and walls.
- Prune shrubs and trees to shape and improve growth or remove damaged leaves, branches, or twigs.
- Plant grass, flowers, trees and shrubs.
- Weed and mulch flowerbeds and around trees; rakes and bags leaves.
- Water and fertilize flower beds and trees.
- Clean grounds and remove paper, trash and other litter.
- Check on and rotate water sprinklers to be sure lawn is properly watered.
- Make minor repairs on equipment, sprinklers, etc.
- Transport trash and waste to disposal area.
- Keep stock of adequate maintenance supplies and tools.
- Maintain utility shed in an organized manner and good appearance.
- Maintain and clean front road sign.
- Perform other tasks that may include but are not limited to: occasional weekend rotation camp supervision, clean cabins, bathhouse, and kitchen facilities, electrical work of all sorts, change batteries in such items as smoke detectors, put fuel in gas tanks, blow off the roads and sidewalks, haul trash to dumpster, help with pool maintenance, clean and organize the shop and shop area, replace window screens, set out wasp traps, make repairs to structures (wood working, sheetrock, concrete, windows, roofing, painting, plumbing, electrical, foundations, etc.).
- Perform other related duties as assigned by Camp Manager.
- Report facility and equipment problems to the Manager for direction and procedures as needed.
- Perform tasks as may be assigned by the Camp Manager and Camp Director.
- Immediately report any on-the-job injury to the Manager and business office.
LIVING ALLOWANCE AND INSURANCE COVERAGE: Housing Provided, Transportation Provided, $650 Living Allowance, Accident Insurance Provided
CAMP WINNEKEAG - JOB OPENING - ASSISTANT CAMP RANGER
Camp Winnekeag is looking for an Assistant Camp Ranger. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass this information along. Below are all of the pertinent details. The camp would be grateful if you would keep this search in your prayers. Thank you!!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, 2017
Pine Springs Ranch, Mountain Center, CA
December 4-7, 2017
Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, CO
February 20 - 23, 2018
Disney Coronado Resort - Orlando, FL
AACP OFFICERS & UNION REPS
The dates for the AACP board meetings via conference calls are posted here once they are finalized. You will also be notified by email and/or phone call prior to the meeting, along with agendas when possible. Meetings begin at 2:00 Eastern Time, unless otherwise specified.
- September 12
- October 10
- November 14, if needed
- November 29 - 9:00 – 3:00 before AACP Convention at convention site
- December 3 - 9:00 to noon after AACP Convention at convention site
4 Tbsp. Butter, melted
2 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream cheese, cubed, softened
2 can (15 oz.) Corn, whole kernel, drained
2 can (15 oz.) Cream-style corn
2 pkg. (8.5 oz.) Corn muffin mix
4 Onions, green (thinly sliced)
2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
1. Be sure to heat the oven to 350ºF.
2. Mix the butter and cream cheese in large bowl. Blend well.
3. Add corn, cream corn, corn muffin mix, and eggs. Mix well.
4. Pour mixture into one or more casseroles that have been sprayed with cooking oil.
5. Top the mixture with cheddar cheese
6. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.
7. Let stand 10 minutes to ‘set’ before serving.
PRAYER & PRAISES
If you know of a special need or praise that should be lifted up in prayer by your fellow encouragers, please send an email with that request email@example.com. Be sure to mention if it is URGENT. Special E-messages can be sent out quickly rather than waiting for the next E-News edition to be sent out. We serve a God who listens AND answers.
Each month camps in specific unions are invited to share their special prayer requests and praises (although they can be shared at any time). Here is the list of the E-News Issues and which union is featured that month:
- January - Mid-America
- February - Southern
- March - Pacific
- April - Southwestern
- May - Columbia
- June - Atlantic
- September - North Pacific
- October - SDA Church in Canada
- November - Lake
1. Broken Arrow Ranch – for their ACA accreditation visit this summer
2. Camp Akita…funding for a new auditorium (for those rainy days)
3. Erik VanDenburgh (Camp Waianae) – continued healing
4. Lone Star Camp…continued work on the new swimming pool and other projects
5. That there will be many decisions for Christ
6. Provide needed help (labor and funding) with various camp projects
7. Thank the Lord for the new food service director at Camp Yavapines
8. Sheryl Bolton (Leoni Meadows) - still dealing with the affects of the Epstein-Barr virus
INSPIRATION, ENCOURAGEMENT & COUNSEL
MORE THAN A LUXURY
Someone once said, "Friendship is the greatest luxury in life." But the friendship of Jesus is more than a luxury; it is the secret of eternal life; it is the pearl of great price, and to buy it, costs all. He requires everything of us, and not until we make a complete surrender does He fully disclose Himself to us. The more we identify ourselves with His aims, desires, and ideals, the nearer and more real He will become to us. — Matilda Erickson Andross
AACP E-NEWS is the regular communication to all of our AACP members. This message is sent to you because you or your camp is a member of AACP. Its purpose is to provide news, announcements, reminders, and ideas on a regular basis. If you have any items you would like to include in E-NEWS, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and list the subject as ‘AACP’. Please include your name and camp name in the email and any contact information as appropriate. For email address corrections or additions, or to unsubscribe, please contact Norm Middag at email@example.com. We do not hold any responsibility/liability for the excerpts/announcements/articles.