From Me to Us

By Bob and Rob Wipfler. A part of Camp 101, a blog series for ACA. 

Educators love to talk amongst themselves about their students.  So do camp directors, and our family enjoys predicting which campers will evolve into strong, capable counselors down the road.  Yet, like the weatherman who busts more forecasts than he gets right, we often find it difficult to ascertain a young person’s true capabilities until we actually see him or her in action as a first year counselor. 

Take-Away Cooking Skills from Camp

Guest blog by Diana K. Rice

Where did you learn to swim, read a map, or be part of a team? There’s a good chance it was at camp, right? We know that camp is not just a place for kids to spend a fun summer, but an excellent setting in which kids can learn life skills that they will rely on long after the camp experience has passed.

Are You Ready?

When I was directing my camp program, I remember once asking a newly enrolled 11 year old, who was attending camp for the first time: ‘Well, are you ready?’

Camp: The Ultimate 21st Century Skills Learning Environment

By Andy Pritikin

 

It used to be so easy. Mom was home, and kids wanted to play outside, as we only had seven channels on the television (and no central air). Boy, how times have changed. Technological advances have profoundly affected life, as we know it, including how we raise our children.

We Are Listening: ACA 2015 Member Needs Survey Results

We all strive to teach the skills necessary for our campers’ future successes. Camp is a critical place for this learning. This is what I love about what we do: Skills that we share with our campers and staff will make a difference not only in their classroom performance over the next nine months; rather it will form a foundation for a lifetime.

Resolutions on the Camp Clock

by Rob and Bob Wipfler, a  part of Camp 101, a blog series for ACA. 

Photos courtesy of Kingswood Camp for Boys, Piermont, New Hamsphire.

Deep in the woods on the other side of the lake, on a remote path known almost exclusively by our campers, rests the Manning plaque on a solid stone foundation. The honorarium was dedicated in 1924 to the memory of Mr. Robert L. Manning:

 

5 Things I Learned My First Year as a Camp Counselor

My camp wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, out in the woods. Rather, it was in the city, in the middle of an urban neighborhood, row houses and all. Many of the children my camp hosted were poor, inner-city types, whose parents couldn’t afford an overnight camp. It was, like many other camps, a way to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Considering the neighborhood we were stationed in, I’d venture to say that the need was more urgent than most. I had attended the camp years prior, and was emotionally invested in it.

What I’m Thankful for in December

Guest blog by Ann Sheets

The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year always seems to go by in a hurry for me. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were ringing in this year — and already it’s time to celebrate the holidays and start another year. Holidays always make me slow down a little and think about how lucky I am, especially to be involved with the camp community. At the risk of being a little sentimental, here are some things that I am particularly thankful for, now and throughout the year:

I’m thankful . . .

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