Your Child’s Camp Experience Benefits You, Too

In today’s world, parents can feel external pressure to make sure children are involved in the “right” activities, get into the “right” schools or classes, and — oh yeah — that they’re having fun, too!

But what if there is a way to instill independence and ownership in children — not to mention, resiliency — so that they want to achieve their own brand of success and navigate an ever-changing world? Camp experiences are excellent ways for children to learn these skills.

Get Rid of the Learning Problem Once and for All

Articles are once again popping up about adding school days to the academic year. No one argues that year-round learning is not only developmentally and academically sound, but also pertinent to the issues of safety and wellbeing for many children who may not have something to do over the summer. Where we seem to diverge is the appreciation on how best to accomplish those desired outcomes.

Fun in Nature: “Do You See?”

Here’s a fun nature activity that you can do with your campers. No equipment or supplies necessary!

This exercise is valuable in helping campers become aware of the common habit of looking without seeing.

Without explaining why, ask group members to look in one direction for 60 seconds. Then, have them close their eyes and ask them questions about the area they just viewed. For example:

The Night of the Sleep Talkers

Here's our first summer story! A big thank you to Justina Lau for submitting. Keep the stories coming! (Send them to media@ACAcamps.org.)

Explaining Camp to Daddy

Here's another camp counselor story! Thanks, Victoria, for sharing! Send your story to media@ACAcamps.org.

Ever since my first year at camp twelve summers ago, I’ve come to realize that camp can only be completely understood through experience. The following is my defense of a continued obsession with the experience called "camp" — for anyone who might not understand why I work as a camp counselor, including my dad.

What Camp Is All About!

Today's story comes from Katelyn Gillum, who now works for her camp fulltime! Send your story from the summer to media@ACAcamps.org.

Summer Job Search

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.

Top 5 Ways to Stand Out to a Hiring Manager

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!

What Is So Profound About the Camp Experience?

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:

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