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Anytime a group of people gathers together there is an atavistic human instinct to draw closer. Closer to the speaker so to be able to hear what is being said. Closer to friends and family. Close enough to shake hands. Close enough to hug. 

Hopefully, we’ll be able to return to such things in the not-too-distant future, but for the next year or so, maintaining physical distance and wearing appropriate face coverings is going to be the norm for many summer camps, conferences, and group gatherings.

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Connecting to the Purpose of Camp
Published Date: 2021-05-01

The phrase “now more than ever” has become cliché for good reason this year. After experiencing the many negative impacts of the pandemic, campers and staff have an even deeper need for the benefits of camp. But providing the best outcomes of camp will be more challenging this summer as we work within the restrictions of necessary safety precautions. Now more than ever, we as staff need to connect with the purpose of camp.

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What if I told you that as a camp counselor you are in the position to change a life? That by committing to making your campers feel seen, heard, and valued, you could be an educator, stress reliever, mediator, and role model — all in one. Well, I’m about to tell you how.

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Promoting a Culture of Appreciation
Published Date: 2021-05-01

We all want to feel valued and appreciated. This is especially true in a job situation. We typically are motivated to do our best work when the folks on top notice our efforts and outcomes. In an ideal world, every camp director gives specific praise to each and every counselor and staff member. In a small camp environment, that might be doable. However, in most situations, it is not always logistically possible in a normal summer — let alone during a pandemic. Fortunately, there are no rules about who can show appreciation. Everyone needs it. Anyone can give it!

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Moving Forward Together: May 2021
Published Date: 2021-05-03

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
– Vince Lombardi

Dear Camp Staff:

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Watch Your Words: The Power of Language
Published Date: 2021-05-03

While we relish the opportunity to write each edition of the column, this issue is particularly exciting as it is composed with the hope that it is useful for those who will be interfacing directly with campers this summer. Each camp that runs a program this summer will brave the complexities of delivering on the promise of camp magic within a 2021 context. The enormity of this undertaking is not lost on anyone. This summer’s pre-camp orientation will likely be akin to drinking from a fire hydrant.

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Goodbye eggs, milk, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and sesame! While it would be rare to have a camper who has all these allergies, you may have multiple campers with allergies to several of the top nine allergens. In this case, you might consider serving a full menu without any of these allergens. Impossible, you might say? Consider these suggestions and see how achievable it can be.

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Finding That Inner Shine
Published Date: 2021-05-03

I slip on my Birkenstocks and my toes feel a ghostly dust of sand from my last outing. I snatch my cornflower blue baseball cap, which has done nothing to help my face escape the sunny freckles that appear across my nose whenever I go outside. I sweep my hair back with a knotty hair tie. I grab an old plastic bag and my battered water bottle, completing my beachcomber look. Soon enough, I’ll be a speck of a human on a vast expanse of sand, merging into the misty spray of the ocean, right where water meets sky. But until then, I’m on a mission: finding shells.

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Across the land, schools and summer camps have embraced a movement to better understand trauma and how it affects a child’s ability to learn and self-regulate their behavior. As that knowledge becomes available to counselors and instructors, camps have a greater ability to move from "trauma-informed" to "trauma-infused."

What does that mean for you? That frontline staff become first responders — a role that carries with it not just a serious responsibility, but also an awesome opportunity to aid young people who are experiencing the aftermath of traumatic events.

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One of the common threads of this past year was the sheer amount of alone time most of us experienced. Even if you live in a full house like I do, the pace and variety of social experiences dropped off a cliff. Whether you spent time learning to bake, getting proficient at Zoom, or just managing to keep it together, chances are you did this by yourself. And we all noticed what that lack of time with friends and family felt like. One of the fundamental ways we make and keep friends is by spending time with them. And the more time we spend with someone, the better we know them.

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