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Miles is a first-time counselor at a sleepaway camp in the eastern United States. He had seen an online ad for the camp at which I met him and decided that a summer away from his Midwest town working with children would do him a lot of good. It would give him both a change of scenery and a sense of purpose — and would add to his résumé as an aspiring Recreation Education major at Kansas State University. The orientation at camp had really inspired him. The camp leaders kept talking about making a difference in the lives of the children.

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Tell your campers stories. Give them the rich gift they are missing when they stare at a screen. The stories do not need to be great — just tell them.

By the time your campers arrive, you will be oriented to how camp works, what is expected of you, and how to manage some of the camper challenges that you will inevitably face — like homesickness and bullying. If you want to be a really good counselor, listen carefully to what they tell you, really learn what they teach, and put all of it into practice.

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If you have listened to the news lately, you’ve heard that folks are upset. A recent Wall Street Journal poll suggests that upward of 70 percent of Americans feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction or feel that times are bad (Bendavid, 2011). And regardless of your politics, the numbers suggest that there are issues we must address — as a country and as people who can either rise or fall together.

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The discussion of communicable illness in the camp environment often centers on the very significant issue of foodborne illness. Every summer significant cases of E. coli, salmonella, and others are spread through inappropriate handling of food. Similarly, every so often there are communicable illness outbreaks, such as the swine flu or Zika, that make national news and present problems for camps and their management.

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Hypothesis: "The fight against child molesters begins by parents teaching their children."

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Meet Hakeem Oluseyi
Published Date: 2018-01-01

If necessity is the mother of invention, then resilience is the mother of reinvention. Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD, world-renowned cosmologist, science educator, and humanitarian, is well acquainted with both.

“I was born in the city of New Orleans,” Oluseyi recounts. “Neither of my parents had graduated from high school. My father dropped out at nine and my mother at 16.”

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It didn't seem that audacious of a challenge to return to my camp in 2006. Truth be told after a six-year hiatus from the operation and administration of camp, it was good to be back in the flurry. However over the course of my first summer back in camp and the following one I began to notice there were changes in the behavior and expectations of both campers and staff from what I remembered.

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Leading for Tomorrow
Published Date: 2015-07-01

 

It was the first night. Somewhere in the middle of the wilderness in the intermountain west, I lay in a tent with two other teenagers tossing and turning next to me. In tents around us were teenagers from around the country, all, I suspect now, having identical experiences. I lay with my eyes wide open, staring at the darkness, thinking, longing for home, wondering what I’d gotten myself into. As I thought of my parents, my siblings, my dog, even school in that darkness, one thought kept going through my mind as I lay on my borrowed sleeping pad in my oversized sleeping bag:

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Since the first days of organized camp for children over 150 years ago, camp administrators have been challenged to respond to emerging issues that impact the camp experience. Although the value of camp has changed little over the years, the ways that camps are organized and administered has continued to evolve, often in response to these issues.

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Voice Lessons for Camp
Published Date: 2019-01-01

An Interview with Wendy Mogel, PhD

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