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The culture of camps is deeply rooted in being places where kids not only have fun, but where they connect socially. Today, camps are taking on greater importance and many are focused on specialized programs such as academic, athletic, musical, or the performing arts. Each type of specialized camp has great effect on the development of young bodies and minds. Looking at the whole child and growth opportunities may bring families to a decision tailored to their children’s specific interests when it comes to choosing a camp program.

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A Community of Values
Published Date: 2013-07-01

I spent last summer on Lake LBJ in Marble Falls, Texas, working at a camp where I had spent many previous summers: Camp Champions. Tucked away in the hill country of central Texas, Camp Champions has a long history of hiring great role models, as well as a rich tradition of integrating values into everyday activities. Each May, camps come alive with traditions, rituals, and spirit, and it wasn’t until this past summer that I realized how similar camp is to my outside-of-camp career.

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Though the idea of working to include disabled people in all facets of life is an old idea, it has relatively recent regulatory roots. Beyond being a good idea, that concept has been the proverbial “law of the land” since the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That’s right; the same sweeping legislation that did away with segregation based on race also sought to bring another group of historically overlooked people into the mainstream.

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Camp–parent partnerships reach beyond customer satisfaction; they are at the core of parent–camp loyalty. In most Hispanic communities, the camp-parent partnership becomes a critical alliance that often originates at the camp and is based on the mutual fulfillment of needs. This is especially true for nonprofit camps serving underprivileged minority clienteles where partnerships are crucial for the mere existence of the camp.

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Camp directors may have questions about what it means to be an additional insured on a general liability insurance policy, when to ask a third party for additional insured status in favor of your camp, and when it is appropriate for other entities to have additional insured status on your camp's general liability policy.

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For many, hope has always been an important element of "survival." The power of hope has often been chronicled. Hope is a feeling, a form of positive thinking often considered therapeutic. Hope can transform people from despair to one of possibilities. Yet, today, we find that we are in need of something stronger than "hope." A feeling of future well-being is not enough. Many, today, seek "well-founded" hope. We want our hope to be convincing, reasonable, defensible, and legitimate.

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I'll never forget walking into the infirmary for my week as a camp nurse and hearing one of the outgoing nurses say, "I got the kid with diabetes again. Don't worry, you don't have one this week." In my six years as a camp nurse at this non-diabetes camp, I always hoped I'd get "the kid with diabetes." That's because I happen to specialize in diabetes — and I have diabetes myself! My hope is that camp nurses and camp staff everywhere will feel comfortable including and accepting children and adolescents with diabetes in their programs, without fear or dread.

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Maybe it's ingrained from the way they were brought up, raised by camp counselors and campers alike. Or maybe it's the extra exposure to sunlight dappling their shoulders.

Maybe it's the camp bracelets that rest on their freckled skin. Maybe it's the constant singing and dancing that change their tune.

Or maybe it's a melody of all things camp, a melody so infectious it has yet to wear off.

Either way, there's something about them. Camp people are just different.

They always have a song for the occasion, a need to sing grace before each meal.

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This month, we’re going to address where pumps work for you at camp, matching the equipment to the application, and some simple troubleshooting steps to get the most out of your pumps.

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Camp taught me about the power of the environment — not just the natural world where we romp and roam, but the broad community support and child-centricity of programming and purpose. As a psychologist, I learned that individual symptoms often bloom in the absence of the very things that make camp experiences so powerful, and so crucial to foster and sustain.

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