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5 Tools to Help You Be More Productive This Fall

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Wow, it’s almost hard to believe that summer 2014 is done and gone. I’m sure by now you’ve been busy finalizing the summer that was and preparing for the fall and winter season that will be. One of the things that I find most helpful towards the end of the summer and start of the next season is to evaluate how I work. With the massive amount of online tools and the pace at which they change, there are almost always new … Continue reading

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Saving Face in a Bold-faced Lie

"I didn't do it!"
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Kids lie all the time. Grown-ups do, too, in big and small ways. Sometimes we lie to be polite, as in: “That looks fabulous!” or “This is delicious!” Perhaps protecting someone else’s feelings makes lying permissible, but lying to protect ourselves often leads to trouble. So in our work with children, how should we respond to the inevitable lying that occurs? How can we raise truthful youth? “I didn’t do it!” is probably the most common lie youngsters tell. Or, in … Continue reading

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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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