Written by experienced camp nurse and award-winning author, Mary Casey (BScN PHN), Camp Nursing: Circles of Care gives an overview of the multifaceted job of a camp nurse.
Spiral-bound for convenient reference, the book includes fifty pages of Treatment Guidelines, the accepted procedures for illness and accidents.
The content and the principles presented are applicable to all camps.
Thomas King’s humorous, insightful and at times disturbing book, The Inconvient Indian, defines “Dead Indians” as, “the stereotypes and clichés that North America has conjured up out of experience and out of its collective imaginings and fears…war bonnets, beaded shirts, fringed deerskin dresses, loincloths, headbands, feathered lances, tomahawks, moccasins, face paint and bone chokers.”
King continues, “When we dance, when we sing at the drum, when we perform ceremonies, we are not doing it for North America’s entertainment …we [Live Indians] do these things to remind ourselves of who we are, to remind ourselves of where we come from, and to remind ourselves of our relationship with the earth…Land has always been a defining element of Aboriginal culture. It provides water, air, shelter, and food. Land participates in the ceremonies and songs. And land is home…A great many Native people have a long-standing relationship with the natural world. But that relationship is equally available to non-Natives.” We don’t need to throw out the trappings, but this is the lesson we need to share with our campers.
King’s book helps us to understand and challenges us to confront the uncomfortable and urgent reality of native peoples today.
For those in the Toronto area, Kids in Camp Charity is hosting a fundraising event on Tuesday April 9, 2013. After dinner, The Hon. Dr. Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.D., will introduce Steve Paikin of TVO in conversation with Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D., Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University about “Sharing Our Canadian Roots.”
The Cabin Path: Leadership Lessons Learned at Camp inspires camp directors and counsellors to think more consciously about the leadership lessons learned every day on the job at camp.
Through stories, analysis and contributions from a variety of camp staff, Jay Gilbert, in a personal style, describes how camp teaches young people to be the best leaders they can be. It covers the entire camp experience from a broad perspective including sections on: Introduction and the Camp Environment; The Counsellor and Camp Staff; Support, Community and Appreciation, and Tactics and Everyday Responsibilities.
The book is written for camp directors to remind them of their role in creating the next generation of leaders and for camp counsellors as they strive to make their next summer even better than the last.
During its April 2012 launch, The Cabin Path set the record for units sold by a local author in the Chapters/Indigo store where the launch took place. “This is the book that can help us all take professional development to the next level,” said Scott Arizala, Founder/CEO of The Camp Counsellor and author of S’more than Camp.
Visit CabinPath.ca for information on purchasing The Cabin Path.
Jay Gilbert is also available to train your camp staff. He works with camp staff to ensure that all are on track to reaching their potential as individuals and as team members while delivering exceptional camping experiences to their customers – the campers! Using his dynamic and energizing presentation style, Jay captivates his audience and pushes them to discover a variety of “AHA!” moments and key lessons.
You can reach Jay by e-mail.
Did you know that the ACA offers a discount on all books in their store to every member of CCA/ACC?
The ACA bookstore has also agreed to contact Canadian camps directly by email (in English only) with all special promotions. Happy Reading!
In l972 I moved to Toronto from California and got a summer job at Bolton Camp. It was run by Family Services and the kids were from the poorest parts of the city. Although I had spent time in a California jail after protesting the Vietnam war, been bonked on the head by a French cop in Paris after the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, hitchhiked the West Coast many times, and studied Homer and Chaucer in university, none of my varied political and scholarly experiences had prepared me for my miniature lords of misrule. Luckily, I discovered, my semi-feral eight-year-old boys loved to listen to fairy tales – the longer the better.
One night, as we sat around the campfire, I had a revelation. The counsellor was spinning a yarn about Old Man Bolton. He was our local axe-murdering ghost who, after chopping everybody up, had escaped into the forest surrounding the camp. There, the counsellor quietly told us, Old Man Bolton was still limping around culling stray campers.
I was amazed to see that my boys had been transformed into the world’s greatest listeners. A window of time opened, and I understood that my lads hearing summer camp ghost stories were no different than the audience of Greek royalty who heard Homer chant the mighty epics. Even in 1973 the story fire was still burning, the art of storytelling was still alive, and humans – especially my grubby, ardent, hero-hungry boys – had not lost our passion for word-of-mouth stories.
I was hooked. The problem was, although I wanted to learn the storyteller’s mysterious art and even had my own captive audience, I was painfully shy, extremely forgetful and didn’t know any stories.
So I did what people have always done in case of emergency: I went to the library. On my days off, I would drive down to Boys and Girls House and come back to camp with a stack of stories, which I would read aloud at night.
One day that summer, the moment of truth arrived. I’d learned a folk tale in my head and tried telling it to my boys without the book. It began well enough. “Once upon a time there was a king and a queen, and the king went blind. He called his three sons and said, ‘Go find a cure for my blindness.’ ” The first two princes sallied forth, but the third, a lazy, good-for-nothing lad, went out into the garden to nap under his favourite apple tree.
I was just about to tell my boys how this third prince has a hero’s dream, when Frankie, my chief troublemaker, decided it was a good moment to let loose a great and cabin-shaking fart. Pandemonium ensued. I was so mad that, breaking every rule of camp counselling and child-tending protocols, I threw him out of the cabin. Then I continued the story as Frankie banged on the door and yelled that Old Man Bolton was going to chop him up.
Despite the commotion, the remaining boys heard how the third prince listened to his dream, rode forth on the quest-road, conquered evil, got help from his horse of power, married the fairy firebird, and cured his father’s blindness. It’s a hell of a story, and my boys – except Frankie – spent the next day retelling it to each other and trying to spot stray firebirds in the woods.
I didn’t know it then, but I know now: the listener is the hero of the story. Frankie was the third prince! He was the one who most needed to hear the tale. All the daydreamers, the kids who get sent to the office each day, the unregarded kids from the poorest parts of town – and, yes, even that brat who makes rude noises instead of listening politely – all may have the qualities of a hero, if only we can see it in them.
After that summer, I filled my head with folktales and set out on my storyteller’s quest. As for Frankie, I look for him in every audience. I still owe him a fairy tale.
In an age when it’s the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending “little ones” off to sleep-away camp can be overwhelming—for the child and the parents. But parents’ first instinct—to shelter their offspring above all else—is actually depriving kids of the major developmental milestones that occur through letting them go—and watching them come back transformed.
In Homesick and Happy, renowned child psychologist, Michael Thompson, PhD, shares a strong argument for, and a vital guide to this brief loosening of ties. A great champion of summer camp, he explains how camp ushers children into a thrilling world offering an environment that most homes cannot: an electronics-free zone, a multigenerational community, meaningful daily rituals like group meals and cabin clean-up, and a place where time simply slows down. In the buggy woods, icy swims, campfire sing-alongs, and daring adventures children have emotionally significant and character-building experiences; they often grow in ways that surprise even themselves; they make lifelong memories and cherished friends. Thompson shows how children who are away from their parents can be both homesick and happy, scared and successful, anxious and exuberant. When kids go to camp—for a week, a month, or the whole summer—they can experience some of the greatest maturation of their lives, and return more independent, strong, and healthy.
Homesick and Happy is available through Amazon.com .