From your President
CODA- Not Business as Usual
The mission of CODA simply stated: The Camp Owners and Directors Association serves success- oriented professionals who together identify emergent issues and develop programs, services, and products to enhance camp business operations.
Who is the Board?
- Tommy Ferguson – Camp Olympia – President
- Allen McBride – Camp Allen – Treasurer – President Elect
- Emily Ryman – Culver Summer Camps- Secretary
- Shari Sigoloff – Camp Thunderbird for Girls- Mid America
- George Coleman- Coleman Country Day Camp – Mid Atlantic
- Jason Silberman – Camp Matoaka – New England
- Karl Alexander – Camp Highland – Southern
- Erica Jameson – Jameson Ranch Camp – Western
- Chris Strevel – Tate’s Day Camp – Day Camps
- Larry Johnson – Camp Skyline- At Large
- Fritz Seving – Camp Fernwood- At Large
- Jane McCutcheon – Think Muskoka – At Large Canada – Kindred Chair Orlando
- Cody Mauldin – Camp Olympia – Past Kindred Chair – Dallas
- Robert Lebby – Executive Director
This CODA Board convened for two days in Atlanta last week. All were in attendance as the Board started planning the future of how CODA can help camp directors run the best camps in America and Internationally. It was an probably one of the best board meetings in camping that I have been involved with over my 40 years of being in camping.
The challenge -- the questions a board always has to answer to any member or prospect is: "Why join and what benefit will my camp gain?"
First let me talk about this Board! This is a group of individuals that realize it is not just about filling their camps with campers. Allen McBride said it best, "This Board has become a very eclectic group of good friends working together for a cause they believe in." They have proved this with their time, money, and participation. If you review this list of individuals you will also see a solid representation of camps throughout the US and now Canada. Allen will become President after our Orlando Kindred! He will be a great leader for CODA.
Is camping the best keep secret? Unfortunately, it is. We have heard for years colleagues question how we can get the word out! This was, and is, a major part of this group’s effort. I can tell you this I believe with the expertise of this board we can do something special for the camping industry. More on this soon!
As a camp director you are always looking for ways to improve your business. I can tell you first hand I have saved thousands of dollars from the expertise of this organization. From credit card charges, addressing key legislation issues, proactively and successfully lobbying to preserve the school summer calendar, are just a few of the quick benefits of membership that come to mind. At the meeting I expressed Texas is facing some Amusement Park Laws only to find out New York was in a similar situation. In the matter of a couple of emails I had our state lobbyist talking with New York’s. I believe this will indeed help me and our Texas group to change this law. This opportunity couldn’t have happen if I was not involved in CODA.
If you are looking for opportunities to improve you camps operation we have some great relationships that Executive Director Robert Lebby (a camp owner/director emeritus, Past President of the Association of Independent Camps and past member of the national board of the American Camping Association) has developed for you to explore. A couple of opportunities include Tuition Cancelation Insurance, renewable energy development at your camp. Of course you can go to our site (http://coda.wildapricot.org) to see more businesses that wants to partner with you. Presently we have 32 business members.
Regional reports expressed that camps enrollments are improving and are experiencing good early signs ups and starting to see waiting list again. More permit requirements and increased fees than ever before are showing up in the Northeast: a sign that more government agencies are looking for funds to help their existence. Some interesting state laws have developed in California on diversity that camps should be aware of. Trees have been a major factor in many camp operations. There are some insurance policies that are available that are worth looking into for your operation in compensating for tree removal. Boy campers are an issue as camps are seeing less boys and more girls signing up for camp. The majority of camps stepped up Security and expressed thanks for Firestorm for doing the Webinar for CODA. Amusement Park permits/inspections are starting to pop up at camps in various states for inflatables and water slides. So keep an eye out for this in your state laws.
Our first event will be in Orlando in February! We are fortunate to have Jane McCutcheon as our Kindred Chair. Jane has chaired events all over the world. I promise you an outstanding event. We have also decided that CODA will have presence at the Tri – State Conference this coming March. We will be giving you more information as this event develops.
Finally, I encourage you to become part of a unique organization that does not want to do "business as usual". You will be surrounded with like -minded individuals that truly want to make a difference not only at their own camp but throughout our profession. See you in Orlando!
Welcome Robert Lebby
New CODA Executive Director
CODA is pleased to welcome Mr. Robert Lebby as the new Executive Director. Robert brings a wealth of camp experience, wisdom, and leadership to the association.
Read About Robert
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CODA National Conference- February 2014
Renewable Energy Program
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