Stronger Together: Finding True Diversity through Empathetic Listening

Camp Includes Me Series

This feature article is part of an ongoing series of articles in Camping Magazine that will focus on inclusion, diversity, and cross-cultural agility to share in our individual communities and out in the world.

 

Camp and Culture: The Core Competencies Deeply Engrained in Culturally Responsive Camp Leaders and Counselors

Camp Includes Me Series

This feature article is part of an ongoing series of articles in Camping Magazine that will focus on inclusion, diversity, and cross-cultural agility to share in our individual communities and out in the world.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Camp Setting

Diversity and inclusion: two words thrown around in polite, and not-so-polite, conversations in the workplace, schools, and halls of government. But what do they mean? 

Inclusive Camp

Have you seen the powerful 2008 documentary film, Including Samuel? It's the heartwarming and compelling story of a boy named Samuel who was born with cerebral palsy and how his family and friends work to ensure he is included in every facet of life (Habib, 2008). Samuel's dad, Dan Habib, is a talented photojournalist, and his remarkable film will inspire you to champion social inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream camp and school programs. I encourage you to watch it and share this powerful teaching tool with others.

Don't Assume I'm Straight: Providing a Safe Environment for GBLQ Youth at Camp

Controversy. Dialogue. Differing opinions. Some would say that this is the foundation of enlightened inquiry. This inquiry may be rational, emotion-filled, or obstinate. The choice is yours.

Widening the Circle: Guidelines for Attracting the Latino Population to a Summer Overnight Camp

Currently, the camp community is particularly concerned about the future camp market — who will be the upcoming consumer? In which direction are current realities pushing the development of a camp movement? "It is said that by mid-century non-Hispanic Caucasians will be the minority. If this is true, and we look at today's camp market, we are challenged with the reality that our camp market is fading . . . ." said Peg Smith, American Camp Association (ACA) chief executive officer (Smith 2006).

Talking Transgender at Camp

This session will explore the emerging area of transgender campers and explore how they can fit into traditional resident camps. Many directors shy away from taking transgender campers, but this doesn’t have to be the case. This session will give some tools, tips, and basic education that will enable directors and other staff to learn about options to work with transgender campers and their families. There will be time for questions.

Through this webinar participants will learn:

Beyond Pink and Blue: Strategies for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in Youth Programs

From an early age, children adopt beliefs about what boys or girls should do and like – from pink blankets for baby girls to sports equipment for little boys. Youth come to your program having already received years of messages about what is “right” for girls or boys. Does your program help expand youths’ beliefs about their opportunities and responsibilities? Is your program part of the solution to the limitations posed by sexist stereotypes faced by both boys and girls? In this webinar, we will examine program practices that reinforce, resist, and relieve gender stereotypes.

Camp, Community, and Leaders: A Model for Molding Leaders and Helping Communities within the Context of Camp

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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