News and Views

A Day in the Life of a Camp Nurse

By: Aaron Clouser RN BSN It’s 8 am, you hear the loudspeaker outside “GOOOOODDDD MORNING CAMPERS!!! It’s Saturday, todays activities are…, Bunks 1-10 please have your laundry ready for pickup…”, and any other general announcements for the day. But wait, who am I kidding? I’m a camp nurse, and I’ve been up for half an hour…

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To Chase a Dream, or Go Back to Camp?

by Jason Scott “You’re too old to go back to camp.” is usually the response I get when I disclose my summer plans. I have spent every summer at a “sleepaway” camp since I was 12 years old. Coming up on my 21st birthday and tenth summer back at camp, I think found the balance between…

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Why I Love Being A Camp Doctor

Even after all this time, the phone calls aren’t always easy to make. “Hi, Mrs. Smith, this is Dr. Kass at camp, don’t worry, everything is okay.” I usually get that out in one breath, then immediately transition to concrete details. “It’s a finger. It might be broken.” It doesn’t matter if I’m calling about a…

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Looking Across the Lake: Doctoring at a Girls Camp and a Boys Camp

By Stephen Rockower, MD I grew up at camp. I went to my first overnight camp for 8 weeks at age 4, turning 5 that summer. My older siblings were there, and (as I remember) we had a co-ed bunk with female counsellors. I don’t remember being homesick or afraid in any way, and enjoyed my…

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Taking a Deep Breath: Asthma and Color War from a Camp Doc

By Ron Goldenberg, MD Dr. Ron we have a boy in the infirmary who can’t breathe. This call is common at camp, especially during Color War. It is mid-August and it is often a hot and humid 85+ degrees. I make my way over to the infirmary and Jacob is hyperventilating, face red, eyes welled up…

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Why I Went to Summer Camp

By Hayden Vick Ah, 7:30 is here again, and the ringing of the bell I now know all too well has stirred the men of cabin six. Sleepy-eyed and exhausted, we all get out of bed at the bell’s request because we know that the day ahead is sure to be full of adventures and new…

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Bunks Are Good for Brains: The Neuroscience of Sleepaway Camp

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD You’re known as someone who teaches parents and educators about the brain. Is that what you’ll talk about at the ACA conference? It’s true that I spend most of my professional time talking to people about the brain. But it’s also true that I’m a mom of three boys, and I’ve become…

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