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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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Community wellness

The last week of camp! This week's theme is "Community Wellness."

What does community wellness look like for you? What might it look like for your campers?

How can we all strive to practice empathy for ourselves, our campers, our colleagues, our friends?

What does practicing compassion look like to you?



  • Arrowwood Hills and Green Baxter Court campers learned about the connections of the food web

  • YouthWorks teens practiced their customer service skills by volunteering at the Bryant Market

  • The Arrowwood Hills Kaboom Play Everywhere! Playscape is in-motion thanks to our Director of CAN Art & Design, Laura Amtower, and Grants Specialist, Montana Crowell



  • ONE more week of summer camp left?! Do a self-check in! How are you doing? Start thinking about how you want to say goodbye to the campers at the end of the summer - I can't believe it's that time already.

  • August 2-6: Wrap-Up Week

    • This final week, even though there will not be any campers, is an important week! Staff can plan to sort and organize leftover bin supplies, clean community spaces and prepare them for After School Programs, reflect and share stories from summer camp for future newsletters, write mini-camper bios for future adults working with the students and/or letters to teachers sharing what the campers did over the summer and advocating on their behalf so they start out on the right foot in the fall, and complete a survey with specific, anonymous feedback on the summer camp training and summer camp experience.

  • Exit Interviews & End of Camp Survey

    • Keep an eye out for more communications about scheduling your exit interview and completing an end of camp survey in the coming weeks.


Tips & Tidbits

This Week's Strive to Thrive Theme

Social Wellness

  • Mindfulness Focus: Community Heroes I, Community Heroes II, Post-Camp Survey

  • Thematic Projects: Ask Your Community, Community Chalk, Community Change

Non-thematic activities with Daily Discoveries:

  • Crafting Shapes

  • We Are Change-makers

  • Story Stones

  • The Color Theorem

  • Millions of Trees

A Look-back at Orientation Topics

Educational Summer Camp Overview 2021

  • Why Wellness?

  • How to Read & Interpret Lessons

  • Tips for Lesson Delivery & Classroom Management

  • Student-Centered Learning

  • Understanding Student Behaviors

Access Your Online Training Materials

Access The Orientation Materials


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