Wed 4 Mar 2009
No. Nearly 6 years ago, the ACA national board of directors created a chart with concentric circles indicating ACA’s owners. In the center of the circle you find the ACA leadership, then members, the camp industry, those interested in camp, and finally the public. Influence flows from all directions. As we demonstrate value and relevance to the public, we serve members and the public. As we provide members with excellent service and programs, we serve the public and members.
Many of us have also been talking about how important local, grassroots relationships are to the camp community and ACA. From those discussions have come some interesting perspectives. A young camp professional said to me yesterday, “but the word community today has many definitions”. He said being in close proximity and face to face is not the only way communities come together today. Communities today are not necessarily (only) defined by borders and boundaries. A couple of days earlier a SEction Executive said to me, “opening up as one nationwide association may actually give us a chance to be smaller”. She went on to talk about more opportunities to bring not only more small groups together at the local level but expand our social networking communities in a way not yet realized by ACA.
Bottom line, some great conversations are taking place.