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2021 Golden Quill and Golden Lens Winners
Published Date: 2021-07-01

2021 Golden Quill Award Winner

Matthew Cook
"Building Belonging in the Age of Anxiety" (January/February 2020)

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Transitioning to your very first supervisory role can be a formidable task, and it's only natural to be nervous. While each employment situation is unique, being a camp supervisor can invite further challenges because of the added responsibilities of managing participants' health and safety in addition to overseeing staff and developing your team.

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10 Steps to Starting a Camp Podcast
Published Date: 2021-06-29

As of January 2020, there were 850,000 active podcasts with over 30 million podcast episodes. If you’re one of the 155 million US residents who has listened to a podcast (55 percent of our population), then you might enjoy starting one for your camp.

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How to Improve Your Time Management
Published Date: 2021-06-29

There are only 24 hours in a day: This cliché phrase, usually uttered when someone is overwhelmed with work, is true. There are only 24 hours in a day — so it is important to make the most of them.

According to a 2014 survey by Salary.com, 89 percent of employees reported wasting at least 30 minutes of time at work every day, with approximately 26 percent of people wasting two or more hours (Salary.com, 2014).

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Camps are in full swing and happily hosting campers and staff after surmounting the many challenges of COVID-19. And whether you’re at full capacity this year or you could stand to build your numbers back up, there’s no time like the present to begin recruiting new campers and staff for 2022. Promoting your camp in ways that are in line with your philosophy and policies is a crucial step in preparing for next season.

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One of the common threads of this past year was the sheer amount of alone time most of us experienced. Even if you live in a full house like I do, the pace and variety of social experiences dropped off a cliff. Whether you spent time learning to bake, getting proficient at Zoom, or just managing to keep it together, chances are you did this by yourself. And we all noticed what that lack of time with friends and family felt like. One of the fundamental ways we make and keep friends is by spending time with them. And the more time we spend with someone, the better we know them.

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When you look back over your childhood, is there an adult outside of your family — a teacher, coach, camp counselor, or mentor — who told you something positive about yourself that you still remember today? Their positive words may even be something you still repeat to yourself.  "I can do hard things," "I am courageous," "I am persistent," or "I listen well to others" are examples of affirmations you might have internalized about yourself because someone you looked up to pointed out that trait.

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Supporting the Socially Awkward Camper
Published Date: 2021-05-03

Singer Jimmy Buffett famously said, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” Working with children in challenging situations can be difficult, stressful, frustrating, and yes, extremely rewarding. But we have to (camp song alert!) “stay on the sunny side” of it or we risk burning out, and that’s no help to anyone at all. We have to strike the right balance of honesty, compassion, and humor for ourselves and our campers. So keep a few things in mind:

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Loving, well-intentioned parents from all over the world are inadvertently applying unhealthy pressure — the kind that undermines young people’s creativity, motivation, emotional well-being, social development, and intellectual curiosity. Simply put, the push to perform is backfiring. That is the central paradox of parental pressure. Slowly and silently, harmful pressure on young people has become a crisis. And the social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse.

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Sometimes You Must Tell Campers No
Published Date: 2021-05-03

Whenever your job includes the supervision of campers there is an expectation that you will enforce the camp’s rules as well as its limits regarding camper behavior. As frontline staff, you will supervise participants, educate them about the consequences of injury-prone  behavior, and enforce rules and regulations to prevent injuries. The decisions you make and actions you take can be the difference between campers getting hurt or having a great experience.

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