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As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s important to remember the impact that Black leaders and activists have had on shaping our world. This is especially important to remember in the context of children’s summer camps especially Adirondack Camp, where young minds are shaped, influenced, and challenged.

Black History Month serves as a reminder to incorporate diverse and inclusive programming in children’s summer camps. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black individuals in various fields, including art, music, sports, and more. By highlighting these achievements, children can learn about the rich history and culture of the Black community and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. Adirondack Camp aspires to be a place where mutual respect and inclusion are the natural standard, where regardless of the color of one’s skin, economic background, cultural heritage, religious belief, gender or sexual orientation – all are welcome, equally held up, and supported to thrive in our summer camp program.

Incorporating Black history into summer camp programs can also help children develop empathy, compassion, and understanding for people from different backgrounds. We encourage cooperation, effort, leadership, courage, responsibility, growing, creativity, spirit, sharing and independence. These values proudly hang as plaques in our mess hall for all to see. We want to inspire happiness and joy in all children. Reinforcing these values helps kids be more open-minded and inclusive.

This Black History Month, let’s use the opportunity to educate and inspire the next generation at summer camps. By celebrating the achievements and contributions of Black individuals, we can help children develop a sense of pride, respect, and appreciation for the diversity that makes our world so rich and vibrant and summer camps so special.

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