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Edie Klein

Edie Klein – camp organizer and counselor Karen Pavlicin In 1955, the American Camping Association broke ground on its new office site in Bradford Woods, Ind. Edie Klein, then the associate director of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University, attended the ground breaking. And as she proudly told generations of camp […]

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ACA research project gains momentum! – American Camping Association

ACA research project gains momentum! – American Camping Association – Brief Article Camps from the eastern half of the U.S. are now being selected and trained for participation in the Youth Development Outcomes Study that will be conducted by Philliber Research Associates (PRA) in the summer of 2002. ACA will identify a similar sample from […]

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Playing it safe: risk management for games play

Playing it safe: risk management for games play – includes related article Nancy Halliday Capture the flag, softball, wheelbarrow races, kick the can, dodge ball… these games might bring back fond memories of the fun we had playing games together at camp. Or they might bring back nightmares of time spent in emergency rooms or […]

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staffing camps and developing future camp leaders

Internships and camp: staffing camps and developing future camp leaders Rita Yerkes Camp directors often start planning their staffing needs for the next summer with an analysis of the last summer and list which staff they will invite to return and determine how many new staff that they will have to recruit. Some camps are […]

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What happens to campers at camp?

What happens to campers at camp? Gwynn M. Powell Youth attend camp for a variety of reasons, and research suggests that camp participation impacts youth in multiple ways by enhancing affective (self-esteem and self-concept), cognitive (knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes), behavioral (self-reported behaviors and behavioral intentions), physical, social, and spiritual growth (Shepard & Speelman 1986; […]

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Camp Photos Wanted

Camp Photos Wanted Enter your camp photos in the J. Wendell Howe Golden Lens Awards. The winner receives a plaque and cash prize. (See this year’s winner and honorable mention recipients on pages 42-43 of Camping Magazine.) Photos will be used in Camping Magazine, in the Guide to ACA-Accredited Camps, and on ACA’s Web site. […]

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Canoes and Kayaks Much Riskier Than Motor Boats

Canoes and Kayaks Much Riskier Than Motor Boats – Brief Article Of recreational boaters, canoeists and kayakers have the highest fatality rate, a recent analysis of a U.S. Coast Guard survey finds. The fatality rate for canoes and kayaks is almost twice that of those on personal watercraft and almost four times higher than open […]

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Making ordinary moments extra ordinary

Making ordinary moments extra ordinary – camp counselors Jeffrey Leiken Greg was a first-time camp counselor. He went to college in the Midwest and could teach tennis. There was nothing remarkable about him on the surface. He was a nice guy, got along well with his peers, and did what he was asked to do. […]

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Information and INSIGHT – camp management, personnel changes and other information

Information and INSIGHT – camp management, personnel changes and other information – Brief Article CAMP NEWS Henderson Appointed Director Kathy Henderson was recently appointed camping services director for Michigan Waterways Council of Girl Scouts. Previously, she had served two summers as assistant director of Camp Carvell, operated by the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Kerr Retires […]

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Seven habits of highly effective camps

Seven habits of highly effective camps Christopher A. Thurber Rebuild or Reload? Highly effective camps establish more than a healthy culture. They incorporate habits that keep the camping fundamentals solid and that afford them the luxury of fine-tuning the delivery of their stated mission. Such camps can elevate a simple kickball game into a classroom […]