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"The future begins with the past."
—Mary Chapin Carpenter

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The culture of camps is deeply rooted in being places where kids not only have fun, but where they connect socially. Today, camps are taking on greater importance and many are focused on specialized programs such as academic, athletic, musical, or the performing arts. Each type of specialized camp has great effect on the development of young bodies and minds. Looking at the whole child and growth opportunities may bring families to a decision tailored to their children’s specific interests when it comes to choosing a camp program.

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Building Pillars of Hope
Published Date: 2009-07-01

Where is our hope? Does it lie in the group of ten-year-olds turning over rocks to peer underneath, exploring caves, and running along streams where trout skim the rippling water's surface? Does it settle down around the campfire in the evening when staff and campers commune while they tell exciting stories of courage or funny episodes of the day? Or, does it wrap itself around the fifteen teens who triumphantly climbed an 18,000-foot peak? Camp continues to build hope in the most innocent of places, a child's heart.

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With 27 years of experience as a camp professional, dedicated ACA member, and volunteer, Tom Rosenberg is well positioned to be at the helm of ACA's continued efforts to ensure diverse, life-enriching camp experiences of the highest standards of quality and safety for every child.

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Our Nation is at risk.

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In a grove of trees by the edge of a field, campers gather with their Bibles open. In the corner of the dining room, a small group of campers prepare for the Shabbat celebration. Under a starry canopy of night sky, campers raise their voices in praise to God as the firelight brightens the community of their faces. Is it 1911 or 2011? While much has changed in the long history of religious camping, some traditions are enduring. At faith-based camps, the inspira¬tion of the outdoor experience enriches learning about God and practicing the faith’s tradi¬tions in a temporary community.

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Gaming Withdrawal at Camp
Published Date: 2019-07-01

Gaming Withdrawal at Camp

Dear Bob,

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Nature is everywhere at camp, and we sometimes walk right past it. Whether your camp is in a city or the country, there is nature. It might be roly-polys in the leaves, mosquitoes buzzing past, or owls hooting late at night. Yet, we too often only think about it if we are working as part of a camp nature program. Simple ideas can allow you to take advantage of teachable moments in nature without being an expert in biology. Likely, the campers will catch on to your excitement and be curious about what might be next.

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Imagine a camp program with the power to improve the academic and social behavior of participants and to positively impact participants’ readiness for work, social development, and lifelong learning. All camp administrators herald this program vision for campers, but what about for staff? Camp can positively impact young staff as well. It happens through a program otherwise known as a seasonal job.

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Creating a Strengths-Based Camp
Published Date: 2017-11-01

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

Several years ago, deep into my research on positive psychology, I stumbled upon an obvious truth: We are happier when we spend more time focusing and building upon our strengths than remediating our weaknesses. This is as true for children as it is for adults.

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