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Assessing Summer Health Outcomes
Published Date: 2021-07-01

How did it go? After 2020's "different" summer, we stepped into 2021 with hope. More camps opened, some staff were COVID-19 immunized, and protective behaviors — such as masks, physical distancing, handwashing, and cohorting — changed some camp practices. Those changes also provided assurance that a COVID outbreak at camp would be minimized, if not eliminated. In addition, camp professionals became more attentive to camper and staff mental, emotional, social health (MESH) needs as we navigated being together again.

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Excellence in Research in Practice
Published Date: 2021-07-01

In 2015, ACA, with the help of the Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE), created the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice. This award is designed to honor camp programs that:

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Nice Save - A Place to Share
Published Date: 2021-07-01

It’s free play, the 30 to 45 minutes of magical time at camp when nothing and everything happens. I walk from the dining room to the main campus after dinner and stop to watch five 9- and 10-year-old campers play a soccer game of their own invention on a 75-foot-long patch of lawn behind their cabins. The goal is one side of a 10x10-foot storage shed. The field is triangular, 30 feet wide in front of the goal and then tapering off to a width of 15 feet.

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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)

photo of Matthew Cook

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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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We have all heard jokes about consultants, so let’s get the most common one out of the way. “A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.”

Truth is, there is a diversity of opinion regarding the use and utility of consultants. So, when leaders of camps and other youth-serving organizations contemplate the use of a consultant, it is in their best interest to truly understand the potential advantages and pitfalls — and how best to leverage these unique relationships to improve their impact and outcomes.

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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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Moving Forward Together — September 2021
Published Date: 2021-09-01

Dear Colleagues:

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