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71st Annual WAIC Conference

Mark your calendar now for the 2022 Annual WAIC Conference, October 27-30! This is a great opportunity to learn and network with camp professionals and start your summer planning in the Exhibit Hall.   Registration for attendees will open in early September. Please email if you would like to be added to the list to receive an email when registration opens.   We hope to see you in October at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa!...

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Newsletter

Just like other organizations, businesses, and individuals, the WAIC camp community is listening and learning. We want to do the work. WAIC members have shared many resources with one another to help educate and provide opportunities for learning and growth. Camps have an opportunity to champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion through education, conversations, and sharing.   The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee, comprised of WAIC camp directors and owners, was formed during the summer of 2020 to advise the WAIC Board of Directors and its Membership. This committee remains dedicated to bringing educational resources and best DEI practices to the forefront of our business operations and camp programming.   We encourage you to subscribe to the WAIC DEI Newsletter for important resources and information.   For past newsletter editions, please visit our DEI...

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Save Next Summer

Save Next Summer is the brainchild of two California camp directors, Mike "Otter" Stillson of Valley Trails Summer Camp and Andy "Soy" Moeschberger of Gold Arrow Camp. They work together on camp advocacy through the Western Association of Independent Camps (WAIC) and the California Collaboration For Youth. ​ Through that work, they realized that camps needed a tool to help their camp communities advocate on behalf of camps. They saw that camp professionals had exhausted their avenues to ask for help. Camps needed to turn to their camp communities.   Find out how you, your camp, and your community can help Save Next Summer!...

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Better At Camp


#betteratcamp   In this difficult time of uncertainty, angst, and social distancing, WAIC members have put together an Instagram initiative, #betteratcamp.  Life will resume, our distancing will fade away, and we’ll be able to get back to some sort of normalcy.  When that happens, kids and teens will NEED camp more than ever.   Everything (in our opinion) is better at camp!  Friends are more authentic at camp, you can be a better version of yourself at camp, and somehow the air (and almost certainly our minds) are clearer at camp.  Why is this?  Well, camp offers the unique experience to make independent choices, discover or rediscover a passion, connect with others face-to-face by unplugging, and a chance to take a break from the pressures of everyday life. Count yourself lucky if you’ve had...

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