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Fostering Creativity at Camp and in Life
Published Date: 2016-01-01

An Interview with Scott Barry Kaufman

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In the first article in the Historical Series that appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of Camping Magazine, we traced some of the key individuals who have shaped the 100-year history of the American Camp Association® (ACA). Here, we will probe more deeply into one of those actors and her role in a key event that has had a lasting impact on the professional development of the camp movement in the United States.

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With 27 years of experience as a camp professional, dedicated ACA member, and volunteer, Tom Rosenberg is well positioned to be at the helm of ACA's continued efforts to ensure diverse, life-enriching camp experiences of the highest standards of quality and safety for every child.

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Clinging to the position that camp is different and unique will isolate us unless we can speak intelligently about how camp is an essential complement to what young people do for the other ten or 11 months of the year. Carefully study the list of terms included in this article and you'll see that schools are striving to do a lot of what camps do incredibly well already. But don't rest on your laurels believing that just because we know that we are special, the rest of the world does too. That solipsistic stance has hurt the camp world and could eventually lead to our extinction.

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Summer is here — no more tests, projects, or homework for months! You are no doubt excited to take on a different kind of challenge . . . working at camp! But just because summer is here doesn’t mean that the learning ends. No matter what your specific job title, you’ll have the opportunity to switch roles, going from the “student” to the “teacher.”

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Gaming Withdrawal at Camp
Published Date: 2019-07-01

Gaming Withdrawal at Camp

Dear Bob,

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In 2006, US students ranked twenty-first out of thirty in science literacy and twenty-fifth out of thirty in math literacy among developed countries. A recent announcement by the Obama administration to alter No Child Left Behind has been welcomed by many parents and educators across the nation. Yet, within the camp community, implications of school reform, summer learning, and re-structuring our public education system have been met with more questions than answers.

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Creating a Strengths-Based Camp
Published Date: 2017-11-01

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

Several years ago, deep into my research on positive psychology, I stumbled upon an obvious truth: We are happier when we spend more time focusing and building upon our strengths than remediating our weaknesses. This is as true for children as it is for adults.

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Teens and Physical Health Issues
Published Date: 2008-09-01

Abstract: Improving public health and particularly addressing the rising childhood obesity epidemic are goals that camps can address. Obesity and overweight problems are a result of energy imbalances between eating and moving. Camps have a role to play in promoting and modeling healthy eating and enjoyable physical activity.

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Photo courtesy of Gold Arrow Camp, Lakeshore, California.A longtime supporter of the American Camp Association once told me that she gave to ACA because she viewed her yearly gift as "an investment in her profession."

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