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What Can One Week Do?
Published Date: 2017-03-01

Camp SoCal HeArts in Compton, California, will always be one of the hardest weeks of camp — for many reasons. We work with children in foster care for one week each summer, children who have been let down by adults, who have been abused, and who have no hope. We’re filled to capacity with 75 campers who can be really tough.

People often ask me, “What can one week do?”

Well, let me tell you.

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From Tish - January 2015
Published Date: 2015-01-01

It's the start of another year and a year's worth of opportunities to make a positive impact on our nation's children and young adults through the experience of camp. The American Camp Association (ACA) is excited by the prospect of joining with national and international camp professionals at this year's national conference to dialogue about and invigorate our efforts to introduce every child to the magic of camp.

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Morning flag raising ceremonies have been camp routine staples probably as long as there have been camps. It seems, though, that there is much confusion over how to properly display and care for the flag and its attendant components. This month, we’re going to look at some history and traditions, some relevant laws and customs, and some of the details that can help make sure that your flag flies well all the time.

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Doing good work with and for youth has been a hallmark of the camp experience since its inception. Very quickly, there was recognition that the place and space of camp was also "good" for the staff leading and supporting the experience. As we celebrate the past and look toward the future, it is important to reflect on the educational partners and integral influences on the camp profession. This article reminds us of some forerunners in recreation and outdoor education, showcases reciprocal connections, and explores ways to raise the bar in future educational offerings.
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Authors’ note: Based on a wide search of images on the web, we have chosen not to include photographs with this article in order to avoid furthering stereotypes or cultural appropriation.

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Without a plan, we do not know where we are going. Four years ago I was sitting in a meeting with all of our camp department heads, talking about developing themes and character for the facility. Someone mentioned that it was important to consider our natural environment. That was all it took to start— the seed had been planted. From there we brainstormed a short list of ideas to minimize waste, and within three months we had our first draft of a Waste Reduction Plan. The following year our focus expanded and the Environmental Stewardship Plan was born.

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Matthew Smith is the camp communications and strategy director at Longacre in Pennsylvania, and cohort leader (along with Scott Brody, owner/director of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in New Hampshire, and Ariella Rogge, a director at Sanborn Western Camps in Colorado) of the American Camp Association's Raise the Bar initiative to discover and articulate how the ACA camp community is participating in the transformation of young people, including educational approaches that facilitate the positive development of young people through comprehensive, whole-child collaborations and a focus on outco

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The Tell-Tale Heart and Your Floors
Published Date: 2016-06-30

Over the past year, we’ve become aware of some innovations that may make carpeting a more suitable and attractive alternative than it has been before. Given the heavy soiling brought in with camp foot traffic, broadloom (big rolls) carpet required an awful lot of expensive care to keep looking good. Modern commercial grade carpeting (commercial grade is key) can include fibers that are inherently “the color” of the floor. That is, instead of being dyed, the fibers themselves are blue or green or red. This almost eliminates fading from sunlight or harsh carpet cleaning chemicals.

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I spent my later teenage summers working at Camp Friendship, where hundreds of guests — adults and children with special needs — enjoy recreational activities. After serving as a junior counselor and counselor, I was excited to be offered supervisor jobs; I had the chance to lead cabin counseling teams, coordinate programs and dozens of program staff, and support client needs by being the go-to person for scores of counselors and hundreds of our guests’ families and caregivers. All this before I was twenty years old.

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A Healthy Camp Community

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