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Three Ways to Help Kids Fall in Love With Healthy Food

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  Five Signs a Child is Struggling with Summer Hunger

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Why Summer Camps Should Let Kids Lead

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Straw Bridge   Free STEM Activities for Campers Ages 3-8

Camp Staff   How High-Performing Camps Onboard Staff

STEM Activities   Six Simple Outdoor STEM Activities

Teacher & Student   Three Reasons to Add Certified Teachers to Your Summer Learning Program

Kids on Field   Self-Care is Camp Care: 3 Tips for Keeping Up with Campers

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Football Girl   Five Surprise Ways Your Camp is Already Doing STEM

Interview   Three Interview Questions You Must Ask Camp Staff

Fingerpainting   How Camp Counselors Use Art to Teach 21st Century Skills

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