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February 14, 2012

Recently I picked up the book True North, written by Bill George with Doug Baker. Released in September 2011, the book centers around leadership development. I found these words inspiring for camp counselors: “The missing link in leadership development is having a safe place where people can share their experiences, challenges, and frustrations, and receive honest feedback.”

February 10, 2012

Lots of us have a great time working at camp as a summer job, and then we go on to become teachers, journalists, nurses . . . you name it!

But what if you realized that you wanted to have camp as a career?

Cass Morgan, an ACA research assistant and current PhD candidate at the University of Utah, explains the path she has taken to get a career in camp. Cass’ early experience was probably a lot like yours — she started out as a camper and then became a counselor.

February 7, 2012

Guest post contributed by Karen Parson

It may be the middle of winter, but it’s not too early to begin thinking about which summer camp is best for you. There are a lot of camps out there and each has different goals and activities. Choosing which summer camp is right for you is more than a matter of selecting the summer camp closest to you.

Here are ten steps to follow to make sure that you find the right summer camp:

February 6, 2012

I was rereading “That’s the Way We (Used to) Do things Around Here,” by Jeffrey Schwartz, Pablo Gaito, and Doug Lennick, a strategy-business.com article published in February 2011. Because ACA’s Director of Research, Deb Bialeschki, and I often talk about mindfulness, self-regulation, and reflection, a couple of sentences in the article caught my eye:

February 3, 2012

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend the *free* webinar, “Developing Your Personal Brand,” next Wednesday, 2/8 at 7:30 p.m. EST:

January 31, 2012

A couple of weekends ago, I had the honor of spending some time with members of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors during their Research Symposium. They gave me a one-day remedial pass. But I digress . . . .

January 26, 2012

Speaking of camp, it's not too early to start planning for exciting summer adventures.

January 23, 2012

As we each initiate or continue to sustain our life’s work, I feel that today our personal brand is nearly as important as our resume.  How are we unique and distinct? Is it the collective list of skills, education, and job experiences that will make you stand-out? Maybe — but only for a nano-second, because whether we are cognizant of it or not, today people are searching for deeper meaning, purpose, and translation of your collective resume fodder. 

January 23, 2012

Resumes, cover letters, and interviews . . . oh my!

Just like Dorothy and Toto, you too can find out more about the “man behind the curtain” — your hiring manager, the Wizard of Jobs!

On Wednesday, January 25th, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET, join us for an insider’s look into the mind of a hiring manager.

January 19, 2012

Take the time this month to thank your mentors from school, sports, and camp!

While the spirit of mentoring is being celebrated all month long, January 26 has been officially designated "Thank Your Mentor Day."

Find out how to honor your mentors in creative ways.