Resource Library

In the Trenches: Nimble Coaching
Published Date: 2017-09-01

Dear Bob,

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On the Road to Camper Enrollment Recovery?
Published Date: 2012-03-01

For the past several years, ACA has invited day and resident camps to complete an online camper enrollment survey. The survey asks camp directors to respond to questions regarding enrollment trends, return rates, capacity, and scholarship support offered to campers. We gather these data in the spring to get a pulse on what the upcoming summer looks like and then again later in the fall to gauge consistency in the data, to gather additional details, and assess overall trends.

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20/20 Toolbox: Our Shared Passion
Published Date: 2013-09-01

As camp professionals, we are not alone in our passion for the positive impact camp can have. There are many individuals and organizations who share, value, and understand the power of the camp experience in changing lives — but who don’t operate camps themselves.

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Low Tech and Lovin’ It!
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Another summer at camp has come and gone. It was my twenty-seventh. The mouth-watering smells and tastes of a campfire cookout. The life-long friendships. The hikes in the woods. And before I knew it, I was sitting back in my chair at school. The old saying is true: "Good things never seem to last"; though the memories last forever.

I teach high school technology. An oxymoron if there ever was one from a camp veteran such as myself; one of my favorite cabins doesn't even have electric lights.

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2016), 8.5 percent of school-aged children are receiving specialized education services, not including those students with specific learning disabilities. Yet, in 2012, campers with disabilities represented only 3 percent of campers attending Jewish overnight camps (Laszlo Strategies, 2013). This implies that a large number of children are not benefiting from the life-enriching and joyful experience of overnight camp.

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Sherry Turkle, PhD, is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT; and the founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She teaches about the psychology and sociology of how computers and cell phones change the way we learn, how we feel, and how they affect not just what we do but who we are.

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From Peter
Published Date: 2010-01-01

Because of Camp . . .™ — there are millions of powerful answers to this leading statement. We know that all participants — campers, counselors, supervisors, owners, and directors are changed by each camp experience. Even the most reluctant and unenthusiastic campers grow from the experience. Participants who "jump in feet first" gain even more, returning home with the ability to create stronger human relationships (they are more able to meet new people, speak their minds, and negotiate).

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Inspiration — this is what I hope to get out of every American Camp Association National Conference. It comes in many forms; my list is long:

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Maddie, a seven-year-old camper, sits on her bed looking frustrated. Her counselor hovers over her trying to get her to finish tying her shoes so she can join the rest of her cabin as they head for their first morning activity. Maddie can’t seem to get her laces quite right, and she is worried the rest of the girls will leave her behind. Julie, her counselor, has the urge to finish the job for Maddie, but something tells her to hold back.

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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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