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The Simple Pleasures of Summer Camp

Written by Guest Columnist: Debbie Leibold, JACF Trustee As this school year comes to a close, I’m a little more sentimental than usual. You see, my youngest son just graduated from high school. It seems like yesterday that I was taking him for the first time to Cheley Colorado Camps for four weeks of fun [...]
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Homesick and Happy

If you have children going to camp for the first time (or if you were ever a first-time camper yourself), you know that homesickness is very real. Dr. Michael Thompson, a school psychologist, speaker, and former board member of the American Camp Association, writes about homesickness in his book called Homesick and Happy: How Time […]

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Camp Kooch-i-ching

On the shores of Deer Island on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota sits one of JACF’s newest associate camps—Kooch-i-ching. Just outside of the town of International Falls and very close to the Canadian border, Kooch-i-ching welcomed its first campers in 1925 and offers programming for boys in grades 3-11. Kooch-i-ching has a long history of [...]
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Getting Ready For Camp

Over 100 kids from across the country are getting excited about new friends and new experiences at camp this summer! Karen Smith, JACF Director of Programs, has been busy making travel arrangements for our campers. She has put together great packets for campers full of packing lists, luggage tags, a JACF t-shirt, and all kinds […]

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If You Go – You WILL Grow!

Central to our belief about summer camp is that if you go – you WILL grow! And what’s more, we believe the MORE you go – the MORE you will grow. One of the more unique aspects of the John Austin Cheley Foundation’s Campership Program is that it provides funding to a camper for ‘their […]

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The ‘A to Z’ of Why I Send My Child To Camp

Millions of children attend thousands of overnight camps throughout the United States each summer.  If this was ever your experience, or is one that you lovingly provided to your children or grandchildren, then you know in your heart that camp is good, GREAT even. But is it ESSENTIAL? Believing it to be a critical component […]

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What Camp Means To Me – Elle’s Story

In 2018 the Foundation funded 104 month-long high-quality summer camp experiences for kids whose families cannot afford such an impactful opportunity. These kids each have a story to tell. A life-shaping story about personal growth, achievement, and new opportunity. The John Austin Cheley Foundation is changing kids' lives through transformative summer camp experiences. Here is Elle's story.
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What Camp Means To Me – Joshua’s Story

In 2018 the Foundation funded 104 month-long high-quality summer camp experiences for kids whose families cannot afford such an impactful opportunity. These kids each have a story to tell. A life-shaping story about personal growth, achievement, and new opportunity. The John Austin Cheley Foundation is changing kids’ lives through transformative summer camp experiences. Here is Joshua’s story. […]

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How Campers Become Leaders

Camp gives kids the chance to immerse themselves in nature and get away from the technology that often occupies them. The benefits are numerous, including personal growth, teamwork, physical exercise, and, of course, friendship. However, there is one tremendous benefit that is often overlooked – Leadership Development. “Leaders are likely to have had developmental experiences [...]
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