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August 22, 2017

Hi! My name is Mary Rogers, and I am the executive director of Sherwood Forest Camp. I am also the chair of ACA’s Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE).

August 21, 2017

The last camper was picked up (46 minutes late, but you won the last office pool). Now your staff stands idly bewildered at what to do next. You and your staff have been flying through the space-time of summer faster than Han Solo’s Kessle Run,... Read More

August 10, 2017

I had the most delightful, inspiring experience recently.

I was invited to be a guest judge at the “Mountaineer Cook-Off” at Mount Laguna. “Mountaineers” is our teen program at Marston – they spend only their first and last nights at camp... Read More

August 7, 2017

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I am an informal education outreach specialist at NASA, partnering with Christine Shupla of the Lunar and Planetary Institute to bring NASA to camps.  My job is to help promote the study of the stars, the sun, the moon... Read More

August 1, 2017

Social emotional learning. It’s the good stuff we know kids get out of camp: responsibility, interest in exploration, teamwork skills, independence. We also know that 93 percent of camps today intentionally target skills related to social-... Read More

July 24, 2017

“It’s hot.” “I’m tired.” “My campers are crazy.” “My co-counselor is not pulling his/her own weight.” “I am just not sure I have enough left in my tank to finish the summer.”

All of these are excuses or complaints that I and many other... Read More

July 18, 2017

Greetings, camp evaluators!  If you are a summer-only program, your camp season is well under way; in fact, you are might feel like you are rounding third and starting down the home stretch.  For our year-round programs, you might already be... Read More

July 11, 2017

As a camp director, when the middle of the summer drew near, I found myself gathering my leadership team to prepare for a possible journey through "the Doldrums." In the children’s novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, a young boy, endlessly bored by the... Read More

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