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Green River Preserve and AmeriCorps
Published Date: 2014-03-01
The Fad: When to Get on Board
Published Date: 2014-03-01

Every year, dozens of new ideas and activities become popular among youth. Sometimes a television show makes it big and starts a fad (remember the years of Fear Factor and Minute to Win It?); other times a specific activity makes the popular list. (Like when paintball was all the rage ten years ago.) There are even instances of entire fad cultures (the hipster culture). Fads exist for small children (i.e. Minecraft), teens (i.e. One Direction), and even adults (think about the popularity of household blogs among women).

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Focus on Specific Standards: SF.3 and OM.7
Published Date: 2014-03-06

School shootings, damage by trespassers, tornadoes during what is not considered to be tornado season, watershed and water systems compromised — all are situations that have occurred in the past several months. If something similar impacted your camp/property, would you be prepared?

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The Law Says "Yes" to Adventure
Published Date: 2014-03-06

Introduction

In this article, we will discuss recent developments in case law that reflect a new understanding and appreciation of the value of participation in “adventurous” activities. In the event of an injury or other loss, this acknowledgement — by the courts — of the social value of vigorous participation in sports and recreation may protect a camp from liability, as we describe below.

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Most-Viewed CampLine Topics
Published Date: 2014-03-06

Ever wonder what topics others are using CampLine for? According to Web data, here are the ten most-viewed CampLine topics since 2009. Review these popular topics and find all CampLine articles in the online archives (listed by issue) and ACA’s Knowledge Center (listed by category).

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Leadership Transition: Managing Change
Published Date: 2014-09-01

In the summer of 2013, we faced an exciting and critical challenge at our camp — a major leadership transition. We had the chance to replace our boys' camp director, who had been with us for seven years, with a man named Erec Hillis. Of course, seven years is not a lot compared to the twenty-one my wife Susie and I have been executive directors or the forty-eight years the camp has existed. But seven years is longer than all but a small handful of campers or counselors had even been with us, so the outgoing director was the only one who most of our camp families had ever known.

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Last November I had the pleasure of sharing a long car ride with Dr. Michael Thompson, during which he gave me a fun idea. We were on the way to Houston for a presentation he was giving about the benefits of summer camp, and I was picking his brain about writing while trying to hold my own in a game of swapping stories about camp.

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I run two different camps for kids with different needs, including a resident camp for kids with autism. A concerned parent called to talk about how she wanted her son to be “mainstreamed” in the camp environment. By definition, there is no mainstreaming at my camp; they are all living with similar challenges.

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Tony Hsieh's book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, struck a cord with millions of people. The best-selling book by the CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. about the company's success led to an entire movement whose mission is to "spread and inspire more happiness in the world." (2012)

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In this era of tweeting and texting, the slow-moving, handwritten, paper letter is an endangered species. Unlike an electronic missive, the letter that arrives in an envelope can be touched, smelled, savored, tucked under a pillow, and filed away for decades. But of all types of letters, perhaps the most precious to both the sender and the recipient is the camp letter.

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