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Moving Forward Together — September 2021
Published Date: 2021-09-01

Dear Colleagues:

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Another camp season is complete. After working overtime to ensure that every session was special, enriching, and fun-filled, we camp professionals are finally able to exhale. We did it! The energy, dedication, and tenacity that it takes to run a summer camp is nothing short of heroic, which is why it is typical for camp professionals to use the weeks following the end of camp to squeeze in some well-earned rest and rejuvenation before diving back into planning for the next camp season.

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Does your camp host children six and under or family camps with small children? If so, be on alert for egg allergies, which occur most in infants and young children. Learn here about this condition, egg replacements for baking, and egg ingredients to avoid.

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Considering Access to Summer Camp
Published Date: 2021-09-01

For over 110 years, resting on the belief that camp can be enriching for all kids, the American Camp Association (ACA) has dedicated itself to enriching the lives of children, youth, and adults through quality camp programs. Unfortunately, due to the opportunity gap, many young people and their families still face significant challenges when attempting to access summer camp. In this four-part series, we are excited to highlight recent research aimed at helping camp practitioners increase access to summer camp for all youth.

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Environmental Education: A Reflection
Published Date: 2021-09-01

The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Chicago have been a positive beacon in the lives of their young members for well over a century, often serving disadvantaged Black and other children of color. For much of that time, Camp Winona Lake, located in North Central Indiana, hosted a cultural mix of campers from the 14 Chicago-area Boys’ and Girls’ Club locations. The kids’ time at camp was spent partially on environmental education.

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Summer camps provide children an opportunity for goal achievement, a sense of community, and development of self-concept. Toward that end, goal-directed camp activities revolve around teamwork, as well as improving coping skills and fostering intimate relationships (Carlson & Cook, 2007). However, campers may have cognitive-behavioral concerns — an inability to attend to activities, for example, or impulsiveness, decreased ability to cope with environmental demands such as sound, light, and tactile sensations, and decreased social awareness.

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Continuing the Race Conversation at Camp
Published Date: 2021-08-30

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others during 2020 is forcing the country to reconcile with the injustices that plague our systems. As camp professionals, we need to give campers a safe place to talk about how racism affects their lives.

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Playwright, actor, and founder and CEO of the Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, Ekundayo Bandele makes it clear that his mission is bigger than the theatre itself. The only freestanding Black repertory theatre in five surrounding states (Hattiloo Theatre, 2019), Hattiloo and its programs are engaging marginalized communities in Memphis and reaching individuals who love theater but may not historically have felt invited (Sparks, 2019).

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Gender Inclusion at Camp
Published Date: 2021-08-30

"We're all girls here! You shouldn't be embarrassed!"

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The path to recognizing neurodiversity — “the notion that conditions like autism, dyslexia, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be regarded as naturally occurring cognitive variations with distinctive strengths that have contributed to the evolution of technology and culture rather than mere checklists of deficits and dysfunctions” (Silberman, 2015) — has been a long and winding one.

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