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It’s another blisteringly hot day at Camp John Marc in Bosque County, Texas, and the van doors are slamming shut as twenty young men pile in for the short trip over to the little town of Morgan. In a few minutes, the young men will burst out of the vans at the small Baptist church in Morgan, equipped with games, toys, snacks, and crafts in hand. Kids from around the town will shortly begin appearing from nowhere, arriving by bike, on foot, and getting dropped off by parents. The only day camp that this town has ever seen is about to begin.

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"You learn about things that you do not learn about in school. It's actual reality and not sugar-coated. We learned how to work together. In school, they tell you to work together. I learned that when you work in a team, you have your own rights. If you have a good idea and another person has a good idea, you can actually accomplish what you want to do instead of it crashing."
— Mabel, Camp Fiver camper, age thirteen

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Exploring the Power of Moments
Published Date: 2018-01-01

An Interview with Dan Heath

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Our society is in need of leaders for the future. The demands we have yet to face will require leaders who are flexible problemsolvers and have the ability to communicate with diverse people. Camps can assist in the development of leaders because of what is learned in camp —responsibility, independence, getting along with others, cooperation and teamwork, the willingness to try new things, awareness of the environment, and positive values — all attributes future leaders will need.

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Making it Up: Improv Comedy and Camp
Published Date: 2014-09-01

"I moved to Chicago in the early 1990s and I studied improvisation there. I learned some rules that I try to apply still today. Listen, say yes, live in the moment, make sure you play with people who have your back, make big choices early and often. Don't start a scene where two people are talking about jumping out of a plane. Start the scene having already jumped. If you are scared, look into your partner's eyes. You will feel better."  — Amy Poehler

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2011: A Year in Review
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As a community of youth development and camp professionals, our work will never be done. Each day, we strive to reach children and youth with intentional, life-changing camp experiences — and to make those camp experiences the best they can possibly be.

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An Interview with Sonya Whitaker, EdD

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As a camp counselor, your job is among the most important responsibilities anywhere - parents have entrusted their children to you. You have the charge of not only making sure they are safe, but of nurturing their development.

Nurturing campers' development includes having clear ideas of the kinds of behaviors you want to encourage. Some positive behaviors that can be taught at camp are:

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Communication: Up, Down, and Sideways
Published Date: 2017-05-01

With so much communication being driven through mobile devices today, it is imperative that you know how to have meaningful face-to-face interactions at camp. You will not be texting your campers this summer to tell them where to meet you after lunch or what to pack for their canoe trip. You will not be meeting with a supervisor or director via your smartphone for a performance evaluation. Discussing camper strategies with your co-counselor will not take place using some form of social media.

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Kinder, Gentler, Softer Water
Published Date: 2015-07-01

“Hey Culligan Man!”® For years growing up, the brassy, obnoxious holler would sound over radio and TV at least once a day. Growing up in suburban Pittsburgh, PA, we were bombarded daily with ads from outfits who wanted to treat our water. My dad was a pretty basic kind of guy who dismissed these wholesale as a lot of advertising hype looking to separate him from his hard-earned money. Even after I became an engineer, I didn’t have a very positive impression of the industry as I was working hard to help municipal treatment plants deliver safe, clean potable water to their customers.

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