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Since September 11, the world in which American military children grow up has changed dramatically due to unprecedented levels of deployment and the increased reliance on Reserve and National Guard members. More than 2.1 million American men and women in uniform have deployed. Of those service members, approximately 44 percent are parents (Department of Defense, 2014). 

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Ramblings of a Grumpy, Old Camp Cook
Published Date: 2016-07-01

With the passing of my 65th birthday, I began reflecting a lot on my life, as I imagine many have done at the passage of this age. Looking back, the many summers I spent as a cook/food service director at camp are the ones of which I am most proud.

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The Business of Camp: Starting a New Camp
Published Date: 2014-01-01

“It is critical to treat camp like a business or it will absolutely fail, and to know in your head and heart that if you treat camp only as a business it will also fail absolutely; so always make your choices about the business of camp with the greatest care.”
— Rodger Popkin, Blue Star Camps and former ACA national president

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The long-term health implications from concussion among players in the National Football League (NFL) were a concern for nearly 20 years. The NFL studied, debated, and finally acknowledged the issue. The individual stories of debilitating illness and suicide among NFL players has raised our nation's awareness and galvanized action to manage concussion risk in professional as well as amateur and youth sports.

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ACA’s 5-Year Impact Study Series
This article is the second in a five-article series discussing significant outcomes of Phase 2 of ACA’s 5-Year Impact Study.

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Many of your camp’s alumni may attempt to convince you that camp isn’t what it used to be and that so much has changed. They are right, of course. However, their point is that the camp program is no good because it just isn’t the same experience as fifty years ago. Being the talented visionary that you are, you delicately explain all the great things that are taking place at your camp, your higher retention rates, your fund-raising successes, and other indications of innovative and dynamic camp programming. It’s all to no avail; your alumni are still not convinced.

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Fortunately the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season didn't meet the forecasters' predictions. The mild weather pattern was a welcome relief to those at risk following two devastating hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005.

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The Success of Queen Neptuna
Published Date: 2015-11-01

Watch out, world! Make way for Queen Neptuna! This is a thought I have kept with me since I was eight years old. I was at summer camp — my first time away from home — in completely alien surroundings. After a trip through the Texas Hill Country, our arrival at this strange place evoked a scared feeling in the pit of my stomach. When my parents left me hoping for the best, I sadly walked away. I was already homesick knowing I would be there for six weeks. It sounded like a really long time.

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Growing up, my sister’s catch phrase could have been, “Nobody ever tells me anything!” because she said it so often. More and more, this sentiment is being shared at summer camp, too. Our camp staff feels this same isolation when it comes to the administration communicating information with them. Sometimes staffers feel uncomfortable or are unable to share what they are thinking and feeling with their directors. Furthermore, administrative staff sometimes find themselves frustrated when frontline staff seem to misunderstand or ignore instructions.

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As an artist and owner of the creativity center Mijiza (Swahili for “she works with her hands”), Niambi Jaha-Echols did not always have the dream of founding a nonprofit organization devoted to the transformation and personal development of girls and women of African descent. However, when presented with requests from multiple organizations to work creatively with girls of African descent, Jaha-Echols found harrowingly few resources available to help her understand the development of these girls.

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