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https://www.acacamps.org/blog/handling-heat-summer

Handling the Heat of Summer

In the heat of summer, camps are accustomed to taking precautions to ensure the safety and comfort of campers when temperatures get extreme. Drinking plenty of water, moving more “active” programming...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/take-away-cooking-skills-camp

Take-Away Cooking Skills from Camp

Guest blog by Diana K. Rice Where did you learn to swim, read a map, or be part of a team? There’s a good chance it was at camp, right? We know that camp is not just a place for kids to...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/instilling-meshages-marginalizes-toxic-stress-camp

Instilling MESH'ages Marginalizes Toxic Stress at Camp

As the Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program (HCEMP) committee studies MESH and its implications, I was interested to see some foundational work in this area. In...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/moderating-childhood-stress-through-camp

Moderating Childhood Stress Through Camp

Exposure to adverse childhood events (ACE) can lead children to drinking alcohol, smoking, illicit drug use, overeating, and other maladaptive behaviors (Stevens, 2015). These children can experience...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/want-improve-your-response-mental-health-challenges

Want to Improve Your Response to Mental Health Challenges?

Camp professionals often ask what they might do to more effectively respond to staff and camper mental, emotional and social health (MESH) needs. This often arises from a desire to be as inclusive as...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/conversation-katie-how-one-camper-handles-mental-illness

A Conversation with Katie — How One Camper Handles Mental Illness

The thing about mental, emotional and social health (MESH) is that you never know when, and you never know how, it is going to affect you...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/making-sense-mesh-partnerships-parents

Making Sense of MESH: Partnerships with Parents

As we tackle mental, emotional, and social health (MESH) issues in our programs, we must use every tool possible to help the struggling person. ...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/talk-set-success

The Talk That Set Up Success

Like many camps that are hiring college-aged staff to work during the summer, over the past few years I have noticed an increase in staff that are being treated for (or have recently been treated for...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/most-important-question-you-can-ask-alumni-staff-applicant

The Most Important Question You Can Ask an Alumni Staff Applicant

We love having alumni apply to work for our program. Following their years of participation as campers, we ask them to step away for a year or two before they can reengage as a staff member. We...

https://www.acacamps.org/blog/how-get-kids-calm-down

How to Get Kids to Calm Down

Working closely and networking with other camp professionals is one of the best tools for growing our own camp programs. I am fortunate to have a dear friend, Audrey Monke, who is the owner/director...