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January 10, 2012

In today's global community, the world is made smaller by technology, and we are allowed to connect across countries and continents. The idea of "community" is taking on a new meaning each day. Because of this, camp is important now, and even moreso in the future — Forming community is one of the "basics" at camp. We recognize and support the human instinct for community, agreement, and belonging.

January 4, 2012

Peg recently wrote in her blog about “Quiet Space” and giving kids a chance to reflect on their own thoughts — especially at camp.

In a recent opinion article in The New York Times, author Pico Iyer reflected that:

January 3, 2012

How do our camp experiences make such a profound difference in the lives of young people?

It isn't rocket science, although if you read the adolescent brain research you can understand why our communities are so incredibly successful. Or if you read what we know about hope and the human spirit — the camp experience makes sense. Consider the following:

December 20, 2011

I believe the camp experience should be a part of every child's developmental growth and education. As such, ACA supports those who create exceptional futures for children and youth through quality camp experiences. Even after 150 years, today, a quality camp experience makes the world better by creating 21st century leaders who understand character, community, collaboration, and citizenship.

December 19, 2011

In this guest blog by Sarah Horner Fish, executive director at Tom Sawyer Camps in Pasadena, California, you'll learn how to make a lasting impression when applying and interviewing for summer jobs. Visit ACA's Job site for more information about working at camp or to find job postings!

December 12, 2011

Now is the time to look for that summer job!

Check out this link on ACA's Job site: Summer Job Search Tips.

Explore available summer job opportunities at ACA's Summer Jobs @ Camp site.

Do you have questions related to your job search? Send your job question to janderson@ACAcamps.org, and we'll work on posting something helpful from the experts right here on the Counselor Blog.

December 12, 2011

So many young people are without adequate food and shelter this season. I know those of us who can will remember to be generous with others in order to help fill stomachs, cloth bare heads and feet, and support those without a home. But let's not forget to fill the heart and spirit.

December 8, 2011

Because of Camp . . . ® so much is possible!

I have you seen ACA's Because of Camp . . . ® video yet?

Check it out today and think about how camp has impacted your life! And look for the video clip to play in theaters this holiday season. Let us know if you see it!

 

December 5, 2011

Jule Sugarman asked me once: "When do you think, Peg?" I fear we fail to provide children and youth the time or space to simply think. Why is it I often come up with good ideas when driving alone? How can young people know what they think if they haven't the time to be quiet and reflect?

Besides, it is also good to learn to spend quality time with yourself every once in a while. If you can't stand to be alone with yourself, how do you expect others to tolerate time spent with you? Quiet space can be managed even in the most robust community . . . such as camp.

November 28, 2011

In today's world, I see the following:

  • Vacuum in the spiritual and moral dimension
  • The deprivation of the natural world
  • The deficit in meaningful relationships
  • The loss of communities

In the camp community, we have the power and ability to address all of these issues, and help our campers learn: