Hello all! I am presently in transit to the Camp Nurses Association in Atlanta GA. I hope to report back on some of the interesting presentations and people I meet there in a few weeks. In the meantime here are some stories I have found interesting this week.
A camp learns and adapts to transgender campers
Jonah was always different from other boys. Jonah’s parents started seeing a difference in age three that made them think Jonah was gender non-conforming. By age five, Jonah was wearing girls clothes, played with toys typically geared towards girls, and had long hair. When Jonah told her parents she wanted to go by Hannah at eleven – it was hardly a surprise: http://elielcruz.religionnews.com/2015/09/14/this-jewish-summer-camp-welcomed-a-12-year-old-transgender-camper/#sthash.ND01WzZG.dpuf
A mothers reflections on her child's life threatening food allergies
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Those are the five stages of grief. Who would think that a bite of vegan spinach quiche—crafted with “creamy cashew cheese”—would catapult me into that first stage? http://www.scarymommy.com/food-allergies-mom/
Visiting Day takes an emotional toll on all involved, suggestions to make it easier.
"No more visiting day? Sign me up!" joked Sandy Rubenstein, co-owner of Camp Wingate Kirkland on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. "It's hard for the camper and for the family, and sometimes it's unpredictable who it affects more," explained Sandy's husband, Will. "There are veteran overnight campers who've been here two, three, four even five years. They can be sailing along just fine and then on visiting day, they hit the reset button. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/visiting-day-summer-camp-hard-parents-kids-36663336