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Lance Ozier, EdD, Interviewer 
Alphonse Litz, executive director and Ayanna Michel-Lord, associate director, Boston Explorers, Boston, Massachusetts (bostonexplorers.org
Lorilee Chien, LIT and college and career access coordinator, Project Morry, Elmsford, New York (https://projectmorry.org

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I Am. Therefore, I Think
Published Date: 2003-07-01

"Pooh," said Rabbit kindly, "you haven't any brain." "I know," said Pooh humbly.
— from The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

Big Questions

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Scared or Prepared?
Published Date: 2015-01-01

For campers to have a successful experience we must prepare them for the unknown, build their confidence, and give them the tools needed to succeed in our camp's environment. As camps will always have new participants entering at some level, there is a great benefit in implementing a camper preparedness program to ensure campers and staff are prepared to attend as participants and employees.

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Every spring the challenge of planning staff training confronts camp leaders. The usual questions arise regarding how to prepare inexperienced staff and volunteers to work successfully with diverse groups of campers. The list of what we want to teach them seems to get longer and longer each year. In the last few years increasing attention has been paid to the ways that camps develop children in emotional, social, and cognitive ways. Many camps are now exploring the role that camp plays in enhancing campers' spiritual development. Alas, something else to add to the staff training list!

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To camp professionals, camp enrollment trends serve as an important indicator of the overall health of the industry, and are particularly important in uncertain economic times. Every year, day and resident camps from around the US are invited to complete the American Camp Association (ACA) online enrollment survey in the spring as a "preview" of the coming summer and again in the fall to provide an accurate read on enrollment and staffing trends.
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Generating Your Backup Plan
Published Date: 2018-03-01

Most people recognize that generators come in different “sizes” and understand that bigger “things” require bigger generators. After that, though, eyes glaze when the discussion turns into techno-babble about kilowatts, horsepower, amps, and loads. Unlike many inconsequential topics, however, these things do matter when you’re thinking about backup power for even part of camp. Simply put, the size of the generator should be determined by the amount of power you want it to deliver.

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Evaluating a Good Season
Published Date: 2003-09-01

Several months after the ending of the 2002 camp season, a concerned camp director contacted me. As the director of a small nonprofit camp, he had received a bit of critical feedback from the board of directors on his general performance. The director was angry and thought that this was more of a personal attack rather than having anything to do with his actual performance. Through questioning, it became apparent that this man was intelligent and quite knowledgeable about the camp industry.

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Multiple Intelligences and Summer Camps
Published Date: 2016-09-01

Each camper and staff is different. It is one of the things camp professionals know best. We go to great lengths to make sure every camper and staff feels successful. And yet we do not always understand how to do it, or even why we should.

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