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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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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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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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A few years ago, I conducted training for the Maine Summer Camps on cross-cultural agility. I flew into Portland a day before the training was to begin. That evening, I joined a few members of their Educational Committee for dinner — the group who had invited me and set up the training. As we waited for our meal, we talked about camp and the conundrum many camps are in — as we all work toward becoming more diverse and inclusive.

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Here you are, catching up, maybe relaxing now that camp is over. You’re reflecting on the joy of having experienced another successful season; the sadness of saying goodbye to campers and staff who have developed meaningful relationships; your readiness (or not) to review staff and camper evaluations; worry about budgets and funding for next year; and wondering what constitutes “normal” as we go forward.

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