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“Yes, a reading program fits into camp. Sherwood [Forest] Camp is a lot more than camping, mosquitoes, and swimming — it’s aimed at the whole child.” — Parent of a 2011 reading program participant

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Personal Flotation Devices, better known as PFDs, help save lives. There is so much evidence of this that the U.S. Coast Guard; almost every state (go to www.boatus.com to find your state requirements); boating organization; and the ACA standards support or require their use for boating activities. In December of 2002, in states where there are no children's PFD laws in place, a Coast Guard interim rule requires that children under thirteen who are on moving boats wear a U.S.

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Where Camp Happens
Published Date: 2013-05-01

When was the first time you really felt camp? Whether you are a longtime camp person or this is your f irst summer, chances are that the answer to that question is (or will be) intangible, buried in a moment — something you just can’t quite explain. I like to ask the question this way because camp is a feeling. It is so much more than a collection of activities, schedules, lakes, and songs. Camp is an experience — one that you will deliver to many campers this summer.

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In-Line Skating
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We recently received a call to check on aggressive in-line skating at camps. The questions and the answers that have been sought out are as follows:

Is there an increase in injury resulting from aggressive in-line skating at camps?

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Camp Employment Taxation
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Original Publication: 1998 

Employers in the United States, including camps, are required to pay Social Security, Medicare, and state and federal unemployment and income taxes on most employees. How these taxes are calculated and collected, to whom they are paid, and the nuances of special camp-related laws are some of the issues addressed in this article.

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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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The Atypical Camper- Jason's Story
Published Date: 2015-03-01
Whenever a parent called with an interest in our camp for a child diagnosed with Asperger’s, I tried to meet the child to feel confident he could successfully adjust to camp. Jason was referred through a camp referral service. His mom said her 11-year-old was musically precocious and gifted. His dad was a musician with a renowned orchestra, so I assumed Jason’s talents were encouraged or inherited from him.
 
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For some time now, media has highlighted accidents in fifteen-passenger vans. We’ve talked about it here in CampLine. We’ve offered camps numerous resources upon which to rely in making their decision about transportation. We’ve updated you on what insurance companies are saying. What more can be said? Well, here’s what we know:

On November 1, 2002, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a safety recommendation to the Ford Motor Company and the General Motors Corporation:

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A primary challenge for any business is recruiting and maintaining customers. In 2012, 27.2 percent of camps surveyed reported camper enrollment that was lower or at its lowest point compared to the previous five years (American Camp Association, 2013). While 59.7 percent of surveyed camps developed budgets expecting to operate below capacity in 2012 (American Camp Association, 2013), 31.7 percent reported that their enrollment was still less than 90 percent of their target.

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In 2006, US students ranked twenty-first out of thirty in science literacy and twenty-fifth out of thirty in math literacy among developed countries. A recent announcement by the Obama administration to alter No Child Left Behind has been welcomed by many parents and educators across the nation. Yet, within the camp community, implications of school reform, summer learning, and re-structuring our public education system have been met with more questions than answers.

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