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Camp Diversity: A Call to Action
Published Date: 2013-03-01

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1900, only one in eight Americans was of a race other than white. Today that ratio is one in four, and by 2050, an estimated one in three Americans will be African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian / Pacific Islander.

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Bug Juice and Other Culinary Delights
Published Date: 2011-07-01

Take two parts graham cracker, two parts chocolate bar; one part large, toasted, gooey marshmallow pressed between the graham crackers; and insert the conglomeration of flavor and mess into the waiting, open mouth of any camper at any camp in the world. What do you have? S’More! The demand heard ’round the world from happy campers is just one, tiny element included in the culinary delights offered at summer camp.

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At lunchtime, youthful chefs ages nine to 12 gather around tables in the camp dining room with knives in their hands and plastic cutting boards in front of them. Trying to follow directions in the noisy room, they cut up kielbasa sausage, red potatoes, onions, and peppers. Wielding sharp metal skewers like swords, they thread their cut-up foods onto the tines. Heading outside in a rush, they flock to a low, metal trough filled with burning hot coals. They hold their shish kabobs over the heat. Sizzling sounds and delicious smells fill the air.

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Hallowed Ground
Published Date: 2016-01-01

An Interview with Camp Southern Ground President Rob Parker

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In today's tough, competitive environment, it seems the only thing a camp director can be certain of is uncertainty. Everywhere around us, change is occurring — changes that have forced many camp professionals to rethink the way we look at our business in an effort to ensure our own camps remain a viable and relevant experience for children in the year 2020 and beyond.

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The Architecture of a Culture of Kindness
Published Date: 2016-11-01
Social Justice
This article is part of Camping Magazine's series on social justice, exploring social issues in the context of individual camps and the camp community as a whole as a way to spark further conversation and inspire positive change. Contact Ann Gillard (anngillard@gmail.com) if you would like to participate or contribute to this series.
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My tenth-grade history student addressed me tentatively in response to a classroom question. "Ms. Bluemle, I may be totally wrong, but . . . " I could barely focus on the rest of her sentence, as I was fixated on its conciliatory beginning. Leslie had been the feistiest of sixth graders, challenging peers and teachers at every turn. She had not apologized for raising her hand. She had never before trailed off in a discussion. But where her voice had once commanded attention, in four years it had been reduced to a near whisper.

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Reflecting on the hands-off (called laissez-faire back then) attitude common among Harvard College students in the late 1800s, senior class poet George Pellew wrote, “We deem it narrow-minded to excel. We call the man fanatic who applies his life to one grand purpose till he dies. Enthusiasm sees one side, one fact. We try to see all sides, but do not act. We long to sit with newspapers unfurled. Indifferent spectators of the world.”

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Wondering what type of mental health professional might be a good fit for your camp’s needs?

Interested in knowing what this professional needs to be successful?

Concerned about having a mental health professional when those services aren’t the focus of your camp?

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Camp professionals often look to the American Camp Association (ACA) for salary and compensation information. In order to help association members stay current with salary and compensation trends, and to assist members in assessing where their organization is in relation to others in the industry, ACA conducted the National Survey on Compensation and Benefits. In October of 2009, mailed surveys were sent to 1,350 member camps.

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