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Summer Camps in Popular Culture
Published Date: 2011-05-01

"Hey, you must be the short, depressed kid we ordered. Glad you made it." — Meatballs, 1979 (Reitman)

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In 2015, there was a sharp increase in the number of calls to the ACA Crisis Hotline about accommodation and inclusion of individuals, both staff and campers, who identify themselves as transgender, gender nonconforming, or gender variant.

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Because of Camp
Published Date: 2014-03-01

Did you know that between 2001 and 2004, the American Camp Association (ACA) conducted national research with over 5,000 families from eighty ACA-accredited camps to see if we could “prove” what we in the camp field all know to be true: Camp gives kids a world of good?

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In tears, a camper shares: “Camp is such a big part of me . . . I grew up here; I found out who I am here; I have spent my childhood here; I figured out my values here; and now I know I can do anything! I am more confident in school now. I really want to take what camp has given me and share it with the world!”

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“The time is always right to do right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My group of 14- and 15-year-old campers were walking back to the cabin after the afternoon activity. They were spread out along the path, with a couple of girls in front, a larger group ten feet behind, and the counselors bringing up the rear. The group in the middle started talking about one of the girls in the front group, who couldn’t hear what was being said behind her.

“I wonder when she’s going to come out.”

“Yeah, she should just come out already!”

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In my work as a camp counselor and director, real "self esteem" has always been at the heart of most issues that arise. My point is that issues that arise in life, relationships, work, and even play are, at their very center, a reflection of how we see ourselves. Now, this is not a new thought. It is, however, a most important tool that may be used to measure the depth of most problems that arise in our lives, and certainly in our lives as part of a camp community.

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Camp vehicle risks are among the scariest for camp owners, directors/risk managers, and insurance company underwriters because the risks to which camp vehicles are exposed are not entirely within your control. In addition, each camp is different. Some have a minimal transportation risk but others, especially day camps and resident camps with trip programs, have significant transportation risk.

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Behavior Plans at Camp - A Powerful Tool
Published Date: 2012-03-01

Dear Bob,

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This information is current as of July 24, 2013. For the latest information, please visit www.ACAcamps.org/publicpolicy/health-care-laws/health-insurance.

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Raymond (not his real name) is an experienced camp director on the East Coast. When it comes to interviewing staff, Raymond feels especially confident about his ability to "sniff out the good ones." Raymond says of his interviewing strategy: "I like to get them into a spontaneous conversation and see what kind of a feeling I get. I watch for good eye contact, spontaneity, give-and-take, and other nonverbal signs of communication. With the guys I like to schmooze about baseball. It gets their guard down and shows me how they really relate to people.

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