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Camp Would Help Re-Entry to a “New Norm”

Camp in the summer of 2020 would provide a welcome means of re-entry to our kids.  I am a true believer in the power of camp as a means of furthering the social and emotional growth of our children.  We, as camp professionals, have the added responsibility (and honor) of helping to guide your children from a difficult time full of uncertainty and confusion back into a time of happiness and comfort. 

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Covid-19 Update

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Social Distancing is not in my DNA

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Neurodiversity: A Normative View

The lens we use to view someone’s strengths and weaknesses through, is the same lens that can make or break someone’s ability to be seen as worthy of inclusion. If we are truly evolving as a species, we can only hope that neurodiversity will become the normative view to replace perspectives such as xenophobia, affinity bias, and the long list of “isms” that have been at the core of our society throughout history.

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The Meaning of Camp

J&R is a place full of growth and adventure for the children and staff

My favorite part of the day was watching the kids run off the bus with pure excitement for the day ahead of them. They would immediately proceed to ask what activities we would be doing for the day and anxiously await flagpole. This brief moment every day was what made me realize how big of an impact we had on each and every kid.


Growing and Learning at J&R

A staffer shares her love of camp

After two summers at J&R, it’s a place I hope to never leave. Everything there has a special place in my heart like flagpole, the pool, the art shed, the gaga pit and even the steep hill up to the garden and ropes course. However, what makes camp truly special are the children that come every day.

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Why does ACA accreditation matter?

J&R Day Camp went through its latest accreditation process in the summer of 2019, and we just received word that we scored 100% on our visit.  Emma Kaufmann Camp is already looking forward to its next ACA accreditation visit in the summer of 2021.  In the meantime, we look forward to providing a top-notch summer experience for your camper and the entire family.

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Creating a vision for inclusion

I recently had the privilege of attending a conference on Disability and Inclusion hosted by the Heinz Endowments and the FISA Foundation. ...We spent the day exploring how to eliminate barriers and examining our role and the change that we can bring about for disability inclusion and access. 

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Celebrating Camp on Wear Your Camp T-Shirt Day

Whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, camp professionals are the lucky ones.  We get to eat, sleep and breathe summer camp all year long.  Spending time engaging our campers, parents, staff and community partners is a critical and special part of the work we do.  Whether it’s recruiting new campers or staff, posting memories year-round on social media, visiting past and present staff on college campuses, or bringing everyone back together for camp reunions, each of these experiences brings a reminder of the joy that camp brings us.

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We Prepare Kids for Life’s Journeys

Rachael Speck on on her new role as Children, Youth and Family Director

Day camp is the beginning of the journey to becoming independent.  It can create the foundation needed for successful longer-term experiences away from home. 

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