CT – CCA: Connecticut Camping Association 
CCA held its Early Childhood Annual meeting with the Office of Early Education (OEC) on March 2nd at ACA Accredited Winding Trails Camp in Farmington, CT. The OEC provided new updates and information about licensing for 2016. A presentation on gender orientation from TRUE COLORS and a presentation on the value of inclusion in camp programs by the CT PARENT ADVOCACY CENTER followed the Annual Meeting. 

MA – MCA: Massachusetts Camping Association
Members of MCA gathered at the State House at the very end of January to honor Sen. Dan Wolf with their first Friend in Camping Award as a thanks for all the work and support on the Minimum Wage Bill.

ME – MSC: Maine Summer Camps
Maine Summer Camps has announced that a $10,000 grant from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust will fund camp scholarships for ten aspiring Junior Maine Guides this summer. Ten $1,000 awards will support camp tuition at two camps where recipients will train for and seek certification as Junior Maine Guides. The University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, a co-ed camp in Bryant Pond, and Camp Natarswi, a Girl Scout camp at the base of Mt. Katahdin in Millinocket, will each offer five camp scholarships to youngsters ages 14-18 seeking to attend camp for three weeks of JMG preparation, and then participate in the five-day JMG testing encampment held at the Stephen Phillips Memorial Preserve in Oquossoc at the end of July.

For the first time in 40 years, the Jr. Maine Guide Handbook has been updated in collaboration with Maine Summer Camps.

MCA will be offering a workshop on April 26th in conjunction with the annual SYSCO Food Show at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland @ 11 am with Carlton Gardner, Compliance Section Team Leader for the DHHS Drinking Water Program and Tom Bahum, Training Specialist from the Maine Rural Water Association (MRWA) on the new maintenance and testing regulations (April 2016) for camps that operate small public water systems.

The Southern Maine Annual Camp Fair sponsored by Maine Summer Camps will be held on March 20th.