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Risk management in the camp profession often means rigorous tests of equipment, detailed training for staff, and preventative measures to eliminate risk. Yet, we often fail to take into account the developmental stages of most staff and how this can impact the level of risk within the camp setting. Most summer camp staff are in their late teens and early twenties — a time of life that is becoming commonly referred to as "emerging adulthood." It is the time of life when many young people are creating their identity, exploring sexual relationships, and deciding on future life goals.

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Sixty-Two Summers
Published Date: 2017-11-01

Willow Grove Day Camp was my summer home for the past nine years. It was a very special place to me, filled with endless days of laughter, friends, and fun. I truly loved spending eight incredible weeks there every summer. But you never really know how much you love something until it is gone.

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The Seven Absolutes of Camp Counseling
Published Date: 2006-05-01

Those who have tracked my work over the years might be asking what in the world I would be doing making a list of seven absolute anythings when it comes to working with youth. I have always maintained there is no simple formula for working with humans because they are both dynamic (ever changing) and primarily emotional (not rational). While I've always understood the appeal of lists like these, counseling work is just not that simple.

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In 1890, the folks who built the water powered grist mill just off Carson Creek, outside Brevard, North Carolina, never envisioned that one day the property surrounding the mill would become Gwynn Valley Camp. Established in 1935 by Mary Gwynn, Gwynn Valley continues to offer strong farm, wilderness, and traditional programs that nurture the child while fostering a connection with the land and the simple joys of childhood.

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Inspired Learning through Deep Nature Play
Published Date: 2018-11-01

An Interview with Joseph Bharat Cornell

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Inclusive Outdoor Programs Benefit Youth
Published Date: 2000-07-01

Inclusion for persons with disabilities is rapidly occurring in all areas of living - school, work, and recreation. However, until recently, not much was known about inclusionary practices and their effects on participant outcomes in organized camp and outdoor school programs.

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From Peg - May 2010
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At this time of year, the "Letter from Peg" is directed to camp staff and counselors as you prepare to enter the summer season. This year is no different.

During camp training and orientation, you will receive a great deal of content knowledge. This information will be very important to ensure you have a productive summer. But to be successful, it takes more than content knowledge. This is true of everything in our world today. We all need twenty-first century skills to be successful. John Dewey, a twentieth century educator said, "knowledge is no longer an immobile solid."

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What Can One Week Do?
Published Date: 2017-03-01

Camp SoCal HeArts in Compton, California, will always be one of the hardest weeks of camp — for many reasons. We work with children in foster care for one week each summer, children who have been let down by adults, who have been abused, and who have no hope. We’re filled to capacity with 75 campers who can be really tough.

People often ask me, “What can one week do?”

Well, let me tell you.

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From Tish - January 2015
Published Date: 2015-01-01

It's the start of another year and a year's worth of opportunities to make a positive impact on our nation's children and young adults through the experience of camp. The American Camp Association (ACA) is excited by the prospect of joining with national and international camp professionals at this year's national conference to dialogue about and invigorate our efforts to introduce every child to the magic of camp.

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