May 2011 News!

It Wont Be Long Now!
In Colorado, summer no longer waits for June to get it’s start. Our camp season opens May 31st! We’ll be singing “On Top Of Spaghetti” at the end of each day before you know it.  Our staff is hired, our program is set, and now we just work day and night to get everything set up and ready for the campers!

Summer Staff Profiles
These are just a few of the amazing people who will be leading your campers this summer!

Lindsey Welsh, a proud Colorado seminative, is a high school English teacher 275 days out of the year. However, to keep busy
during the summer, she has taken to the camp life. After graduating from Col orado State University in 2009, Lindsey spent a
summer as a counselor in Edwards, CO and is now more than pumped to join the AO community as a counselor.  When she isn’t shaping the minds of America’s future, Lindsey enjoys long distance running, hiking, and rock climbing. Her favorite workout buddy is her Siberian Husky.

Peter Lazard grew up in Cleveland, Ohio going to camp and playing many sports. His love for the outdoors led him to Bowling
Green State University, where he received a bachelors degree in Outdoor Recreation.  This is Peteʼs first year working with AO, and heʼs excited to bring his guitar and musical talents to camp. He loves teaching kids new songs and playing games. Youʼll frequently find Pete juggling a soccer ball, climbing on rocks or walking his dog. His backpack is always ready for a hike, and he canʼt wait to meet new friends this summer at camp!

What We’re Reading Now
Have you read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand? You must! Tommy just finished reading it and loved it.  Tommyʼs new book (not that he has much time to read until late summer) is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick.
Definitely a different kind of “thought provoking” than Unbroken.

Save $10 More!
Just for reading this newsletter, put in the code “newsletter3” when you register for camp and youʼll save $10!
One coupon per family, please.web site for details)

Save the Date for Feather!
June 30th at 5:30pm – AO is sponsoring and hosting Feather Berkower, LCSW, as she presents her workshop: Parenting Safe Children. Feather uses a three-part prevention model developed over two decades in the field.   You will learn very specific tools you can use in your home, school, place of faith, youth organizations, and community to protect children from sexual abuse.

Why are we hosting this? I (Tommy) have been receiving more and more calls from parents asking good questions about how we, as youth care providers, do our best to keep kids safe from sexual abuse. I know we do a good job screening and training staff and developing policies, but I want us to be great. So I picked up the phone and called Feather. She and I had a great discussion

and I followed up by attending one of her workshops. I decided then that I wanted to provide this opportunity for our camp parents. Please join us on Thursday, June 30th for this important workshop. Normally $50/person, AO is sponsoring so it is only $35/person.

Boulder Base Camp Update
Our Junior Program and Base Camp are on the move again. We are thrilled to partner with Boulder Valley School Districtʼs Whittier Elementary on the corner of 20th & Pine. The on-site outdoor spaces are perfect for afternoons when Junior campers are finished with hikes and for before- and after-camp activities. As a result, we are tweaking our transportation spotsweb site for details)

Unlimited Referral Discounts!
Camp is awesome! But I donʼt need to tell you that – youʼve already signed up! Do you have any  friends and co-workers who donʼt know about AO Camps? Tell them that you are giving your kids an authentic outdoor camp experience this summer and that they should, too. If they sign up and mention your name, you both save! Referrals are the single best way for us to grow the AO Camp community. Please tell your friends through email, facebook, or in person so they can join us for a great summer. Thank you!

For more information about our summer programs, for campers ages 4 to 15 in the Denver and Boulder area, please visit our website at!

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