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Big Questions

If someone told you that you had a "retrospective, unidirectional bias" and had contracted the "availability heuristic," you might think you need to visit a doctor right away. Actually, you'd be right. But you wouldn't need a medical doctor. You'd need a research psychologist — someone with expertise in statistics and child development. Someone who could explain to you that your bias and heuristic — although unhealthy — were common and easily removed. Once cured, you could see more nuances in your campers' behaviors.

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Building Principles: An Inescapable Truth
Published Date: 2013-05-01

Mark Twain’s reported to have observed that when he was fourteen, his father was so ignorant that he couldn’t stand to be around him. But he was amazed at how much his dad had learned by the time he was twenty-one! Almost every day, it amazes me to discover how many really bright people have brushed by my professional and personal life along the way and, even more, the number of gems that have made it through my pretty stubborn hide.

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Our uncertain economic times serve as a reminder that the business of camp is full of change. When society, environments, and circumstances change, camp directors and owners are challenged to identify how the changes impact the risk in their camp community.
 

Managing Change and Evolving Risk

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Camp Includes Me Series

This feature article is part of an ongoing series of articles in Camping Magazine that will focus on inclusion, diversity, and cross-cultural agility to share in our individual communities and out in the world.

 

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With another summer tucked into history, many camp professionals use autumn to review the summer as well as decompress from it. This is often when we consider changes that would "make things better" for next season. This article is written with that in mind. Specifically, it's designed to help you through an assessment process to determine what kind of health care provider(s) is best suited for your camp.

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Aquatic Safety for Staff
Published Date: 2011-05-01

It's a bright, sunny, warm day and you and your friends have the next twenty-four hours off. Not far from camp, about an hour away, is a remote yet popular swimming area where you can hang out, swim, play in the water, and have fun. Before you go, here are ten quick tips to keep in mind that will keep you safe when making plans for aquatics fun on your time off.

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Is Solar Power Right for Camp?
Published Date: 2017-03-01

Solar panel, or photovoltaic (PV), technology has seen some impressive improvements in the past decade, bringing high-tech into a price range everyday users are better able to afford. The question remains: Is it really practical for camp? Well, it depends. Following are a brief look at how solar systems work, a few possible camp applications, and, finally, their safety and care.

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During a mid-summer visit to a four-week, coed, residential camp, I spoke with the division leader (DL) of the youngest girls and learned about an eight-year-old camper whom I will call Eva. Eva had some behaviors that were challenging her counselors, many of whom were becoming frustrated in their efforts to help her. Eva was very slow when getting dressed or cleaning up in the cabin, and when the counselors tried to hurry her up so she wouldn’t be late for breakfast or an activity, she became defiant, cried, and whimpered and complained about her counselors being mean.

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In my final few weeks of college, I spent a lot of time working on resumes. Or, more specifically, I spent a lot of time working on one resume — over and over again. A resume shouldn’t be too complicated; it’s basically just a short, professional autobiography.

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Camp Songs — History and Traditions
Published Date: 2010-07-01

Harriet Lowe, editor of Camping Magazine, and Rita Yerkes, historical series editor, were kind enough to invite me to write about the history and traditions of camp songs. However, you should know I failed history class in grades ten and eleven and I can't read a note of music. Besides, I have only been around for eighty-four of the one hundred years of the American Camp Association's existence!

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