CC In The News: Wall Street Journal on How Camps Can Run Safely

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jan 21, 2021 8:40:45 AM

Being camp directors in the age of Covid has twists and turns we’d never imagine.  Last summer we were interviewed by ABC, NBC, and National Geographic. The Dallas Morning News published an op-ed piece we wrote.  Last week, we got a call from The Wall Street Journal. 

According to American Camp Association (ACA) records, last summer Camp Champions served the most campers of any camp in the US without a positive COVID case.  This got the attention of Nancy Keates, the WSJ reporter. 

Before you get excited, we only show up in one paragraph. But we were delighted to be a part of the article.  It illustrated some excellent points. 

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Solutions for the Hidden Dangers of Social Media

Posted by Steve Baskin on Nov 17, 2020 10:07:59 AM

This blog is written by Steve Baskin in response to Meg Clark's The Hidden Danger: Saving Our Children From Social Media


First, I want to thank Meg Clark. In fact, I feel a need to thank her for many things. Allow me to share a short list.  

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The Hidden Danger: Saving Our Children From Social Media

Posted by Meg Clark on Nov 11, 2020 11:29:13 AM

14 years ago, a dear friend and exceptional camp professional named Meg Clark started a new camp called Camp Lonehollow - a rare and daunting task.  From the start, we at Camp Champions felt a great kinship to Lonehollow.  Like us, Meg saw camp as a uniquely powerful opportunity to help young people grow into caring, confident and contributing adults.  She shares both our passion for teaching life skills (from leadership to collaboration to resilience) and our concerns regarding social media.  Camp Lonehollow is now part of the Young Life family, but Meg continues to be a leader in our industry serving on the Board of the American Camp Association.

In a recent conversation, we simultaneously suggested the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” to each other.   We see it as a clarion call to parents and young people to understand their challenges (even threats) of social media.  Since she is a thought leader without a platform, I have invited her to share her thoughts on the Camp Champions blog.  Thank you for sharing your wisdom Meg!

See Part 2 of this series: Solutions For The Hidden Dangers Of Social Media

Meg Clark

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Camp is Like College

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 7, 2020 5:30:00 PM

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Tags: Parents, General

A Final Thank You

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 7, 2020 4:50:51 PM

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Life is What Your Sort For

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 7, 2020 4:40:32 PM


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Building Strong Kids

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 5:58:27 PM

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“We help make strong kids.”

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Senior Camper Program

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 1:45:00 PM

Each year, we are asked to make presentations at national camp conferences about our high school leadership program.  We call it the Senior Camper program and it serves teens finishing 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  Here is an overview of the program.  I hope you can see why it has become an nationally recognized!
Senior Camper Talk

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Reaching Out to Others

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 12:56:42 PM

(This is the fourth in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)
Anne with BU camper
As you might have seen in a previous article, we focus on the “Four R”s:
1. showing Respect,
2. taking reasonable Risks,
3. Reaching out to others, and
4. taking Responsibility.
This article talks about what we do to stress Reaching out to others.

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Tags: Counselor

Simply Joys

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 5, 2020 8:05:52 PM

Dodger and Dalton

I occasionally run out of inspiration for blog topics.  [Note: some of you may deem that I have already done so and continue to write nonetheless.  There are days I agree!]

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