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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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Developing and Keeping Great Counselors
Published Date: 2010-11-01

It takes a great staff to make a great camp. Jack Weiner once said: "With the right counselors, camp could be held in a parking lot." When one looks at all of the possible aspects of camp in which to invest, I say "Your staff." Staff retention is an investment; an investment of both money and time. Let's start at the beginning . . . .

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The Role of Insurance in Risk Management
Published Date: 2018-01-01

Risk management plans are never finished. They must be revised periodically because risk, risk control, and risk transfer methods change constantly. Insurance is one of many tools available to risk managers and only one part of the process.

Risk management involves five basic steps:

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The Importance of Character Development
Published Date: 2003-01-01

An Interview with Ron Kinnamon

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A Humble Beginning

Camp owners are thrilled, educators are motivated, and economically disadvantaged children are positively changed forever. Focus For a Future began with a very simple concept that proved beneficial to everyone involved.

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Social Marketing: Where Should You Start?
Published Date: 2012-11-01

Marketing has changed drastically over the last few years. We are now in an era where brands are expected to be online — listening and engaging with their customers. There are so many avenues open to camps to get their message out to consumers. Where should you start? How did we get here? In this article, we look at how we arrived at this time of heightened consumer engagement and review the top five social marketing tools camps can employ to get their message out to prospective parents and campers. Brochures and registration forms used to be the bread and butter of summer camp enrollment.

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"I Just Want My Kid to Be Happy!"
Published Date: 2019-01-01

Dear Bob,

We had a 14-year-old returning male camper last year in our two-week resident camp who is generally a great kid but who presented with some behavior last summer that caused us to send him home. His parents were extremely upset given that they have had two other children in our camp for many years. They felt that we “owed them” more, that kids make mistakes and we should have figured out a way to let him stay. Another reason for their displeasure was that the boy was in his last year as a regular camper and would have been eligible for our LIT program next year.

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Welcome to camp! Whether you are a resident or day camp counselor this summer, you will soon find yourself working with a variety of camper groups. These groups will most likely consist of kids of similar age, gender, or activity interest who randomly come to camp for the same period of time. Each group will remain just that — a group — unless some magic occurs and you do your part to guide them on their journey to evolve into a community.

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What day is it when hugs earn points and strange hats with funky costumes are the norm? It’s Wacky Wednesday — a fun-filled day where everything is topsy turvy, a bit bizarre, and very extraordinary.

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I used to roll my eyes at the mere mention of the word diversity. Four factors explained my defensive rejection of the topic. First, I resented the shortsighted practice of equating diversity with skin color. I’m proud of my English and Swedish heritage. Second, I rejected the possibility that I was prejudiced. As a clinical psychologist, I fancied myself radically empathic and accepting. Third, I felt embarrassed participating in multiculturalism workshops that kept highlighting my contemporary white, male privileges but neglecting my poor immigrant roots.

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