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When you look back over your childhood, is there an adult outside of your family — a teacher, coach, camp counselor, or mentor — who told you something positive about yourself that you still remember today? Their positive words may even be something you still repeat to yourself.  "I can do hard things," "I am courageous," "I am persistent," or "I listen well to others" are examples of affirmations you might have internalized about yourself because someone you looked up to pointed out that trait.

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Supporting the Socially Awkward Camper
Published Date: 2021-05-03

Singer Jimmy Buffett famously said, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” Working with children in challenging situations can be difficult, stressful, frustrating, and yes, extremely rewarding. But we have to (camp song alert!) “stay on the sunny side” of it or we risk burning out, and that’s no help to anyone at all. We have to strike the right balance of honesty, compassion, and humor for ourselves and our campers. So keep a few things in mind:

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Loving, well-intentioned parents from all over the world are inadvertently applying unhealthy pressure — the kind that undermines young people’s creativity, motivation, emotional well-being, social development, and intellectual curiosity. Simply put, the push to perform is backfiring. That is the central paradox of parental pressure. Slowly and silently, harmful pressure on young people has become a crisis. And the social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse.

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Interrupting Implicit Biases at Camp
Published Date: 2021-05-01

Did you know you’re walking around with a set of lenses that uniquely shape your understanding of the world? Implicit bias is the idea that we view the world through lenses that have been formed by all of our experiences from the time we were born up to today. This includes the way we were raised, our values, our family history, our education, and even our camp experiences. No two people see things the same way — we each have our own lenses.

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Sometimes You Must Tell Campers No
Published Date: 2021-05-03

Whenever your job includes the supervision of campers there is an expectation that you will enforce the camp’s rules as well as its limits regarding camper behavior. As frontline staff, you will supervise participants, educate them about the consequences of injury-prone  behavior, and enforce rules and regulations to prevent injuries. The decisions you make and actions you take can be the difference between campers getting hurt or having a great experience.

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A Summer of Kindness: A Lifetime of Impact
Published Date: 2021-05-01

Do you ever wonder if the little things you do for others really make a difference? Many years ago, something amazing happened when I returned to one of my old camps to do some staff training. After dinner, as I was sitting outside on a bench, a staff member walked up and asked, “Do you remember me?”

I looked at her, smiled, and said, “Give me a minute,” followed by, “May I have a hint?” Before I was caught in an obviously awkward moment, she explained that 12 years earlier she’d sat on that very same bench horribly homesick as a first-day, eight-year-old camper.

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El 1 de enero de 2020, me encontraba en un crucero en el Golfo, brindando por lo que creía que sería un año increíble. Pero este año pasado no fue lo que yo esperaba. Por primera vez en más de 25 años, no dirigí un campamento de verano presencial. Evidentemente, cerrar el campamento no estaba entre mis objetivos del año; tampoco lo estaba averiguar cómo ofrecer el tipo de experiencia virtual que nuestros campistas necesitaban.

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Es una pandemia. Nadie sabe lo suficiente.
Dicen que puede durar de 12 a 18 meses. Quizás más.
La información cambia día a día. A veces más rápido.
Hay una complicación pediátrica que no se anticipó.
COVID cambió los planes del campamento, pero ¿será un cambio permanente?
Nuestra viabilidad económica está amenazada.
. . . Solo quiero saber qué debo hacer.

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Moving Forward Together: July 2021
Published Date: 2021-07-01

You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight.
You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream.
You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life.
Nevertheless, in every flight, in every life, in every dream,
The print of the way you taught them will remain.
– Mother Teresa

Dear Friends:

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How many times have you sat in a large group meeting — at camp, in a conference room, at another place of employment — and the entire leadership team walks in with solemn expressions, causing you to settle in to brave whatever earth-shattering information you are about to receive? Each time the following happens: Message communicated. Gasps uttered. Organizational change perceptible. No time for reflection is afforded. And then the speaker closes with, “Let me know if you have any questions.”

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