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4 Reasons for Staff Reflections

Spend time reflecting on individual experiences.
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For the past 21 years, the first night of camp orientation has ended the same way: by verbalizing a personal goal or lofty wish that I want my campers (and over the last decade, my program staff members) to experience during the short week that they spend with us. Our goals are breathed to life around the campfire (weather permitting), sometimes accompanied by a symbolic action, like tossing a Popsicle stick or slip of paper into the fire so that … Continue reading

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Letter On Closing Day

Here's what your child wants you to know about camp.
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I know that I was nervous about camp when you dropped me off, but now I don’t want to leave. I’ve had the most amazing time here! I love this place! Could you please pay for me to stay a little longer, and pick me up at the end of the summer? That would be awesome! The thing I love most about camp is that I get to be myself here. At school and in our neighborhood, kids try to … Continue reading

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Flashdance and Fun: 4 Games For An 80′s – Themed Program

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Instead of a basic game night, why not implement a themed game night by modifying popular, familiar games and presenting them in a new, fresh way? This set of four games, inspired by the 1980s, can be supplemented with a costume/dress-up contest, musical chairs with 80s songs and lots of big hair and neon jelly bracelets for everyone! 1. Human Simon Equipment: 2-3 foot length of duct tape in each of these four colors: Red Green Blue Yellow Large, flat, … Continue reading

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Easy is Easy – Systems that Get Things Done

Get creative with organizational systems.
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Quick. Name something at your camp that you have to remind people to do on a daily basis. I bet you can name at least three. And I bet it drives you batty. What did you come up with? Sanitize hands? Return cups to the dining hall? Clean up the craft shop? Gather tennis balls from the woods after a period? We can all think of procedures that require frequent reminders. And we all know what a pain it is … Continue reading

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August List

Treat yourself to experiences that move you at a soul level.
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Your Summer (List) Starts Today We’re all familiar with the idea of a bucket list, an individual collection of activities, experiences and accomplishments most of us hope to enjoy before, well, we kick the bucket. The diversity of bucket list items mirrors the variety of lives we lead as humans, but the one commonality all bucket lists share is that they’re created with an eye toward the life that’s yet to come, the ‘someday’ in life when we have the … Continue reading

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