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Multiple Intelligences and Summer Camps
Published Date: 2016-09-01

Each camper and staff is different. It is one of the things camp professionals know best. We go to great lengths to make sure every camper and staff feels successful. And yet we do not always understand how to do it, or even why we should.

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“To you much has been given, and from you much is required.” Beyond their Biblical roots, these are certainly words for everyone to live by. Whether part of the year-round or seasonal staff, everyone at camp has a vested interest and shares in its smooth function and safe operation. Unfortunately, people tend to get tunnel vision, approaching their assigned camp tasks with blinders, either unaware or unwilling to step outside their routine to help things work better.

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Begin with the End in Mind
Published Date: 2019-05-01

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey describes Habit 2, “Begin with the End in Mind,” as a valuable approach to just about anything in life. For example, if you want to do a great job on a school project, first decide what the great finished project will look like. Then you can create the action plan for the steps you need to take to reach the project outcome you’ve envisioned.

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Building a Community: One Rock at a Time
Published Date: 2010-07-01

Imagine taking a prospective family on a tour of your wholesome, backto- nature camp. You lead them down a dirt path, over a log bridge, and along the lake's edge on a route that also includes a visit to a pink- and red-striped candy shop, a purple pizza joint, an ice cream parlor shaped like an ice cream cone, and a spherical video store . . . all on your camp grounds. Wholesome? Back-to-nature? Is that an airstrip over there? Such is the tour route when an inventive and inexpensive program activity is a hit with campers, staff, and visitors.

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This feature article is the first 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.

This past February, many of us were able to participate in a new educational track at our ACA National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico — Camp Includes Me. It was a phenomenal and timely experience as camp professionals from across the country, and the world, came together to focus on diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural agility.

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Thirty-four years ago I came to camp for the first time as a member of the advisory/staff training team. I was a young mother, had finished graduate school a couple of years earlier, was a certified sex educator, and had been actively involved in sexuality education for about six years. The last time I had been in the camp setting, eight years previously, I had a very different perspective. I was single, had not yet finished my BSW, and had not yet developed my own clear conceptualizations of educational principles.

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Dear Bob,

Do you have any thoughts about what to say to staff or campers who may have fears or anxiety in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings and the bombings at the Boston Marathon? We hope we don’t have any fallout among campers and staff, but we also know it is better to be prepared than caught off guard.

Jane Kagan, director/owner
Lake Bryn Mawr Camp for Girls
Honesdale, Pennsylvania / Short Hills, New Jersey

Dear Jane,

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Everyone knows that camp staff need orientation to effectively do their job. Why, then, do health center staff often report that they don’t get any? The team hired for your health center certainly has skills associated with the credential they hold, but they need information from camp administrators to effectively use those skills in a way that will complement camp processes. This needed information is often second nature to camp professionals; yet, because new hires haven’t been to camp, this is content they may not ever consider asking about.

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