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"Connect" is CAN's internal newsletter for staff, interns, volunteers, board members, and anyone else who would like to receive bi-weekly updates regarding highlights, announcements, and ongoing training/professional development updates. Welcome and join us in our virtual community-building endeavor!

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Camp's Around the Corner!



Birthday wishes to our June friends!

  • Libby Gramlich, Director of Brick, June 8

  • Savana Doerr, Bryant Program Assistant, June 9

  • Bobby Portis II, Director of Creekside, June 18

  • Kelonnie Mosley, Bryant Program Assistant, June 25


Upcoming Events-

  • June 12-23 - Summer Camp Training

  • June 19 - Juneteenth, CAN Closed

  • June 26 - Summer Camp Begins

  • July 3-4 - Independence Day, CAN Closed

Staff Meetings (*For the summer, meetings will take place Fridays at 11am*)-

  • June 2, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • June 16, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • June 23, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • June 30, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • July 7, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • July 21, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • July 28, 11 am - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

*Due to availability/scheduling, All Staff Meetings are required for Management and AmeriCorps VISTAs and optional for Program Assistants and Interns (although we highly encourage any PAs and Interns who are available to join!)

All of our staff meetings and CAN holidays are up on the CAN Google Calendar. If you are in our Google Group listservs (,,, & you should receive an invitation to any relevant staff meetings, events, etc.

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You can find a link to subscribe to the CAN Google Calendar at (CAN Calendar).


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Tips & Tidbits

With planning and getting everything together for summer camp, it's a crazy busy time for everyone! I'm starting to think a lot about the most important tips for a great summer camp. This will be my first camp with CAN, but I've spent my fair share of summers as both a camper and counselor, so here are some tips that I've found helpful for surviving summer.

  • Take breaks! This seems like a no-brainer, but it's so important to remember to coordinate with your team and, if it's helpful, put it in writing on the camp schedule! This can be a great reminder to you and the kids that everyone needs to take a break, especially from the heat.

  • Be consistent. From day one, it's essential that everyone - campers and staff - is on the same page about the rules and expectations for coming to camp, and equally enforces them.

  • Communicate! Morning check-ins, debrief after camp, and a team group chat are great places to communicate about the events of the day to make sure that everyone is caught up on each kid's ups and downs and inform how tomorrow will go.

  • Hydrate 💧 Both kids and adults need reminders to drink water in the summer heat. Keeping the freezer stocked with ice cubes, setting hourly timers for "Drop everything and drink water!" breaks, and letting the kids decorate their water bottles are all great ways to motivate kids to hydrate.


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments (or highlights, announcements, etc.), please email Anabel at

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