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June 2008
June Summer Camp Reading June is the prelude to the beginning of summer camp. In that sense it is a month of anticipation for the season ahead. The June Newsletter is the harbinger of Summer Camp 2008 - writes Stephen Winbaum, Communications Coordinator of MySummerCamps.com.
Summer Camp Anticipation There's been bad news. It's called statistics. Reports that summer camp attendance will be down as families struggle with high fuel prices and rising food costs. Could this be the end of summer camp, the year the countdown stopped? - writes Stephen Winbaum.
Drugs, Sex and Rock & Roll at Summer Camp? Not on My Watch So what are our goals at camp with respect to teens and sex? The first one is simple: It's a no-go zone. We tell them that their parents didn't send them to camp to have sex, and that it is therefore our responsibility to make sure that they are not sexually active at camp. In this we are undemocratic and authoritarian. The "leash" is very short! - writes Camp Scholar, Joanne Kates.
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The Bobcats My kids continued to be a challenge through the remainder of the eleven-day session, and I continued to challenge them to change, to be leaders, and make something of themselves. The day they left all six begged to stay. What they were really begging for was an opportunity to remain ten-year old boys, to feel safe, and loved - writes Alicia Kaul in an ACA article.
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Upcoming Events
US Sailing - Windsurfing Instructor Course
June 26 - June 29, 2008, this 4-day course is designed for those instructors who are excellent communicators and windsurfers and are seeking to teach beginners the sport of sailing on sailboards. The Windsurfing Instructor course uses materials designed by US SAILING specifically to guide instructors toward introducing the sport of windsurfing safely and quickly.
American Canoe Association Annual Summer Camp Meet July 27th through August 8th, 2008 - Sugar Island! Opening ceremony begins with the raising of the flags. The cannon sounds for each flag that is raised, the Canadian Flag, the ACA Flag and the American Flag. The island comes alive with activities for canoes, kayaks, sailboats, swimming, campfires all for children, young and old.

ICC Quebec 2008 is a unique international event with the goal to create the exchange of ideas between various cultures and countries and to expand alliances between camp representatives. It is an opportunity for volunteer and professional delegates to discover and share trends and to transform the world of camping on a local or global scale. ICC Quebec 2008 is a forum for networking and building partnerships with organizations around the world. The MySummerCamps.com Group and Leadership Essentials are proud to be sponsors at this historic event in the camping industry, held in Quebec City during its 400th Anniversary. Dr. Chris Thurber, psychologist, author and consultant will be a special speaker.

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One Last Thing
New Beginnings - Summer Camp 2008 For many camps, there is a spirituality that occurs with the relationship between nature and an ecology that hums with a spirit that can rarely be found in the city and the suburbs. The return to nature from two week to two months is a lesson that summer camp teaches in an environmentally-challenged era - writes Stephen Winbaum - Communications Coordinator of MySummerCamps.com.
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