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From Peg: Before You Speak — Think
Published Date: 2014-05-01

There is a saying that advises, “Before you speak — think.”

Ask yourself:
T = Is it true?
H = Is it helpful?
I = Is it inspiring?
N = Is it necessary?
K = Is it kind?

My advice to you this year is to follow these words. A counselor is in the most influential job at camp. You hold the lives and delicate spirits of each young person in the palm of your hand. That truth comes with both challenge and tremendous opportunity.

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Team,

This letter is addressed to all camp staff / team members — whether this summer is your first or your twentieth, and whether you have primary responsibility for supervising campers, are an activity specialist, or work in the kitchen.

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We’ve explored construction contracts before and the idea that they set the rules for a short-term “marriage of convenience” — from proposal through amicable divorce. But this month, we’re going to consider some of the pieces of that construction document that make things work smoothly for everybody involved.

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Camp professionals just get it! Play is a valuable aspect of childhood and, of course, camp. It’s a given, an easy sell. But that’s just preaching to the choir. Explaining to funders the need to support play at camp as a critical developmental aspect of childhood is different. Some people may say that play is childish. Yes! For camp professionals, it is positive to be child-like. We see the multitude of benefits of being child-like, or in this case, playful.

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Notes from the 2014 Insurance Roundtable
Published Date: 2014-05-06

Each year during the American Camp Association (ACA) national conference, the ACA National Insurance Committee hosts a roundtable discussion with our insurance business partners and other insurers of camps. At the roundtable, we discuss trends in the insurance industry that may impact camp operations, what types of claims were filed the year before, and risk management issues. The key purpose of the Insurance Roundtable is to explore how to help camps be prepared for emergencies and run safe programs, as well as keep owners and staff on top of risk management issues.

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As the 113th Congress continues to struggle to move forward on bipartisan issues, the American Camp Association (ACA) remains focused on two specific goals: (1) to protect the safety of children, youth, and adults participating in the camp experience; and (2) to achieve recognition that camp is an expanded learning opportunity.

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The American Camp Association (ACA) is committed to increasing understanding of and support for the value of the camp experience — especially with governmental decision makers. ACA’s core values include an important focus on environmental stewardship. When the White House called for nominations for their White House Champions of Change Award — Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders, we knew that the camp community had an abundance of leaders in this area. ACA nominated a number of camp professionals for this recognition.

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Welcome to Generation Camp
Published Date: 2015-05-01

I live in Minnesota where the season’s changing is often dramatic and spectacular. One day it’s ten below zero and the next 65 with bright sun and birds gleefully singing. And although we are all thinking about camp all the time, this is the time of year our list of things to do acquires a sense of urgency. Spring for me is also a time of reflection, to ponder the past and plan for the future.

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Summer Job Search Tips
Published Date: 2015-10-01
  1. Browse job postings or post a resume on www.ACAcamps.org/jobs.
  2. Search for a camp by location, affiliation, specialty, and much more with the Find a Camp search.

What a camp job can add to your resume:

  • real-life, problem-solving skills
  • significant and positive influence in the lives of children
  • responsibility
  • patience
  • experiential education opportunities that may be applied to any field
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Summer may be a time for relaxing in the sun, but many students cannot live solely on student loans and ramen noodles. Students are discovering that they can earn much more than cash as a camp counselor.

There are approximately 1.2 million camp staff in the United States today. A camp job or internship differs from a traditional job or internship because it provides students an opportunity to gain resume-building skills or even academic credit while working with children in the great outdoors. 

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