Family Discussions about Safe Touch

Read a FREE excerpt from The Summer Camp Handbook that gives caregivers guidance on how to talk with their child about preventing unsafe touch at camp. Click on the cover image, or visit, to get your copy of the entire book.

13 Reasons Why: Season 2

First, the good news. Season 2 of this internationally popular Netflix series will include content warnings, support referral advice from cast members, a downloadable discussion guide, and a less glamorous portrayal of suicide. Producer Brian Yorkey, quoted in BuzzFeed, hopes that viewers will understand that “Silence, in the case of things like teen suicide and sexual […]

Conflict, Camp, and World Peace

Conversations online and off have focused recently on stopping violence and conflict. From Ferguson to France, people have discussed, debated, and demonstrated more passionately than ever. When human rights are in question, we speak of “ridding,” “routing,” “crushing,” and “eliminating” the scourges of terrorism, extremism, and racism. Forgotten has been any consideration of coaching people […]

5 Mistakes Camp Directors Make

1. Believing in accreditation standards. Some standards are minimum requirements; others are best practices. None is a guarantee of quality. Of course, abiding by national or provincial standards helps ensure that you won’t be convicted of negligence should a serious accident or death occur at your camp. But how many directors run around the day […]

Combating Violence with Empathy: A Good Gal Without a Gun

Antoinette Tuff is more effective than a SWAT team at disarming a dangerous shooter. As some of you will remember, this 33-year-old bookkeeper at an Atlanta elementary school used human connection to prevent the slaughter of innocent children, faculty and staff. That’s powerful stuff, considering how frequently we hear that “The only thing that stops […]

What Signal Does Your Sign Send?

All camps have signs. You passed a few on your way to where you’re sitting now, reading this blog post. What did they say? Some probably listed archery range rules, others pointed visitors to the office and one showed the mileage to Rome. No doubt there is a sign currently located at the top of […]