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Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
Published Date: 2003-07-01

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the mountainous Adirondack region of northern New York was one of the nation’s premier resorts. The grand resort hotels, smaller inns, and boarding houses were concentrated on the region’s many lakes, nowhere more so than on the two large lakes on the region’s eastern edge. It is therefore not surprising that Lakes George and Champlain became the sites of some of the earliest experiments in the country in organized camping for children.

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"Jason!" shouts Lamont, "Give me back my iPod® and get off of my bed!" Lamont gives Jason a little shove, and soon their counselor is trying to break up a shouting match. Both boys are eight years old and going into third grade. This is their first time at sleep-away camp, and the interactions in the "Explorers" cabin have been pretty bumpy so far.

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The Pressure of Camp
Published Date: 2015-05-01

The positive pressure one experiences at camp is something rare and hypnotizing. Friends at home call what you are doing a summer holiday, but you know the work is tough and comes with daily challenges like any job. However, at camp you have a network of people and systems that make the effort seem less like agony and more like a gem of an experience that will leave you forever changed.

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From Tish - July 2016
Published Date: 2016-07-01

I am writing this from Chicago, where I chaired my last in-person American Camp Association Board of Directors meeting. The six years I spent on the board (four as chair) have been an amazing experience for which I will always be grateful. I was able to stretch, grow, and develop parts of myself by being engaged with colleagues who pushed me, supported me, and challenged me to be my best. I met people from around the world who believe that camp can change lives. My work with ACA made me a better executive and, I would say, a better person.

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Success through Giving
Published Date: 2014-01-01

Bestselling author and top-rated Wharton School professor Adam Grant will be speaking at the 2014 ACA National Conference on Thursday, February 6. In an interview with ACA, Grant explores how the principles set forth in his highly acclaimed book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, apply to the camp experience.

Tell us about your experiences in camp.

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Social cruelty, or bullying, has reached the level of “life and death.” With summer 2012 now here, parents are asking questions about how camp counselors and staff are being trained to keep their children safe. Please note that the parental question is clearly focused on direct caregivers — not on camp administration. Since school teachers have essentially been unsuccessful in preventing bullying nationwide, parents and guardians are not prepared to either waste their money or have their child victimized in a day or residential program.

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Long-range planning and facilities management are important parts of maintaining camp assets and building a better community environment for staff and campers alike. Collaborating with a professional architectural and planning group can help camps learn more about their property, which will aid them in planning for the future and optimizing the use of their facility.

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At the ACA National Conference in Atlanta in 2016, 4-H camp directors from across the country spent a day exploring relevant topics. Nationally, 4-H is one branch of the Extension Services, which includes Master Gardeners and other program areas that rely on volunteers. One common and highly charged topic was how to handle volunteer camp staff  who act like they are tenured for life. While almost every camp relies on experienced volunteers, sometimes they need to be reminded that Camp 2017 is not the same as when they were in fourth grade.

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Growing Camp
Published Date: 2015-11-01

Camp director Erec Hillis encourages camp professionals to broadly communicate the fact that “camp creates advantage for kids.” He asserts that this “is a winning argument that camp directors must learn to make . . . . It will help directors fill their own individual camps and benefit the industry as a whole” (Hillis, 2015). I agree that this “life-time advantage” argument is persuasive and encourage camp owners and directors to use it. However, the argument has limitations. It can only be addressed to those who are already in the conversation.

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As a camp director, I am always on the lookout for articles, speakers, and individuals that can help me focus my efforts in the right place. I recently attended an orientation and multiple people kept referencing the “Five Cs” needed for success in the 21st century, developed by Pat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools. The Five Cs are: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character — and the bonus “Sixth C,” cosmopolitanism (or cross-cultural competency).

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