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By now you have probably figured out that you have very limited cell service at your camp and/or that you will be asked to turn off your phone while working with campers. In the technological world we now live in, it is hard to imagine life (even for a few hours) without it. I recently went shopping online for a new phone and was blown away by the number of "apps" at our fingertips (over 200,000 for the iPhone alone!). As they say, there are apps for "appsolutely" everything! There are apps for the cook, the music lover, the traveler . . . you name it, and it is out there.

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You've probably heard your camp director say, "Counselors are the backbone of any camp." Although somewhat cliché, camp directors see daily evidence of the truth of that phrase. Directors can develop all of the goals, policies, and procedures they want, but if counselors and frontline staff don't "buy-in" with their hearts (what they care about), their minds (what they think about), and their bodies (what they actually do), then the message goes nowhere.

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Being a counselor to teenagers is one of the most important jobs you will ever have. During this summer, you will learn more about life than you can possibly imagine.

And as is often the case with meaningful learning situations, counseling teenagers will surely test every fiber of your being. Returning staff who are reading this article probably can't help but smile because they already know how much energy it takes to be successful.

So here is the key question: If you are in charge of a group of teens, how can you create lasting memories in your campers?

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Conquering Burnout
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Burnout can creep in at any time during the summer. If it does, know you are not alone. To conquer it, try to get away from the camp property on your days off; change your schedule if possible or alter when you do certain activities; and remind yourself that you will make it through this.

Signs of Burnout

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It is the middle of the summer. You have probably already greeted many new and returning campers and have enjoyed some of the fun that camp offers. You have also probably discovered or rediscovered how much hard work it takes to be a good camp counselor! Like getting campers to clean up, help put equipment away, work together, wait their turn, ask for help, or any number of other things that kids typically don’t find fun.

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With eight years of the Healthy Camps initiative completed, the program recently launched its third phase of inquiry. The focus for 2015–2017 is the mental, emotional, and social health (MESH) aspects of the camp experience for campers and staff. This was selected because:

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I grew up at Camp Arcadia. I was so excited to finally be a real camper in 1942. My mother, Juliette Meylan Henderson, called Mum Mum by everyone, was directing the camp with her father, Dr. George Meylan. Arcadia, a camp for girls, had been started in 1916 and my grandfather, who already owned a boys’ camp, bought it in 1920.

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My Perspective
Published Date: 2015-07-01

I have spent many interesting summers at my town summer day camp in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and I am excited to be part of that experience again. I met some very good friends at camp and some people I wish I had not met. The people who are part of the community of a camp can teach you many things and they are often very nice.

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We've all looked into a group of students' eyes, as we share the intricacies of the food chain or the magnificence of the carbon cycle, and asked ourselves, "Are they getting this?" But have you ever looked beyond their eyes and into their hearts as you led them on a nature walk or uncovered critters in a tide pool and wondered how they are connecting with nature?

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Healthcare costs are out of control in our society, driven largely by Americans' lifestyles, attitudes regarding exercise, and unhealthy eating habits. These costs are exacerbated by our litigation-minded society, which forces medical professionals to practice defensive medicine. Add the expense of advances in medical science and technology, and costs will continue to spiral out of control for the foreseeable future.

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