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Dear Parent & Camper We invite you to experience summer to the fullest. You’ll notice the difference the moment you arrive- a special atmosphere of fun and caring sparked by our excellent staff team. Our tradition of fun, friends and new adventures continues during this our 65th summer season, as we plan to welcome campers of different ages, backgrounds and communities to be part of our Camp Langston family. Camp Langston is a privately owned, independent children’s summer camp located on the 800 acre Jack Langston Ranch in East Texas. We strive to maintain standards of the highest quality while staying true to our rustic western atmosphere. Our staff are fully trained and qualified, including registered nurses and certified lifeguards. We’re not a country club but a country place that encourages children and teens to make friends, try new things, develop new skills and all the while have fun doing it. We would be happy to answer your questions by phone or e-mail, to show you around the camp if you’d like to schedule a tour or to talk with you about your child and their needs. We look forward to welcoming you to Camp Langston this summer.

Steve Townley

Camp Director, Camp Langston

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Benefits of Sending Your Child to camp .
The camp experience enriches lives and changes the world.

Camp provides children with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value. All of the outcomes — self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership, and self-respect — build personal competencies. These personal competencies are reflected in the four "C's" of the camp community: compassion, contribution, commitment, and character! For years, campers' parents have reported that when their children return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible. These are the qualities that will help build a successful nation and a civil society.

Children are at less risk at camp where they have a sense of community, develop intergenerational relationships, and learn through first-hand experiences. Trained, caring adult role models help children feel loved, capable, and included. Camp helps children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment.

Camp professionals have enormous power in conveying simple teachable moments . . . special moments of passing experiences touched by the human spirit. These fleeting moments of time build three significant ACA values that are reflected in the benefits campers derive from camp.

ACA values people. The moments that result in the camp experience repeatedly express the value of people. We demonstrate that value through respect, honesty, caring, and sharing. Through the camp experience, young people learn to understand the strength of mankind. They also develop an appreciation for the qualities required to protect the fragile relationships needed to protect these relationships.

ACA values the natural world. We seek and appreciate what is real, genuine, and nonartificial. In seeking those qualities in people as well as in the actual world, we foster understanding of the importance of human connections for survival and of the critical connections to our physical world. Campers realize the need to protect not only one another, but also the environment in which they live. Our intent is to preserve and share that legacy with the next generation.

Finally, ACA values a sense of contribution. Our contributions are both obvious and subtle. The benefits of our work are both immediate and slow to emerge. Most significantly, although the experience itself is often fleeting, our impact on the human spirit lasts a lifetime. Children who attend camp develop connections with the world.

We never underestimate the simplest lesson or the briefest wink of time. It may be a star in someone's horizon for all eternity.

Benefits and Anticipated Outcomes of the Camp Experience

Social Skills Development

Self-Respect and Character Building

Community Living/Service Skills

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10 reasons to send your child to summer camp !

1. Exposure to diversity

Camp connects kids to those who they may not normally meet, says Billy Rankin who previously worked with YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George in Kattskill Bay, New York. “That’s very practical to their everyday way of life to give them that exposure early on,” Rankin says.

Kids learn the world is a big place with lots of people, who might do things differently than they’re used to. That includes other kids from all over the state and beyond – and the camp’s counselors and leaders, who serve as positive role models who can leave a huge impression. They’re not seen as strict “law enforcers” but older, “cool friends” who care about them.

2. Self-esteem boost

When kids are at camp, they don’t have mom and dad there to help them approach people and make connections. They have to put themselves out there, says Barbara Broadbridge of Camp Deerhorn in Wisconsin. “It teaches the kids confidence when making friends from all over.”

Learning how to canoe or developing archery skills also makes a child realize how capable he or she is to learn and grow. According to the American Camp Association, 92 percent of kids who attend camp say that the people at camp helped them feel good about themselves.

3. Attune to nature

“Camp gets kids outdoors and enjoying nature,” says Lisa Stone, formerly of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Camps in Kalamazoo “It’s a need for kids that probably doesn’t get met.” Stone isn’t alone in seeing how important camp has become in filling an important gap in modern kids’ lives.

Kids today spend much less time outdoors, causing a “nature deficit” according to many reports and a popular book on the issue, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. But camp reconnects them with nature, seeing things like frogs and trails in person and experiencing swimming in a lake or biking along a path.

4. Develops independence

“It’s a great way to encourage self-development and also develop independence,” says Debbie Whelan of Ypsilanti. Kids are empowered at camp to take care of themselves, with guidance from camp counselors. Bedtimes are set and schedules are packed, but children still have to get themselves up and ready, make their camp beds and find their way to the mess hall. And kids a little too attached to mom and dad can learn how to trust themselves to make decisions and take care of themselves.

5. Instills leadership skills

“It teaches them important leadership skills,” says parent Gary Myers of Battle Creek. Because camps allow kids to make choices and direct summer projects, they’re natural leadership training places. These kids are less likely to be affected by peer pressure and more likely to set the pace and tone for other kids – and feel empowered in tasks they take on throughout their lives.

6. Gives wonderful memories

“Camp builds good memories for the future, to enjoy the summer with a lake-front experience, swimming and meeting new friends,” says parent Tanya Williams of Commerce Township. Kids have tons of memories of the good times, silly shenanigans and fun activities. It’s a time of discovery and self-improvement that stays with a kid long into adulthood.

7. Helps them make friends

“They get to become lifelong friends with people they don’t necessarily live right next door to,” says parent Joan Larsen of Ann Arbor. “They can make friends with people from all over the state.”

This offers a unique opportunity for your child to branch out in the buddies he or she has. Navigating and building these friendships over the summer also teaches children how to be more socially confident – something they can take back to school with them in the fall.

8. Gets them active

“Camp helps kids learn how to be kids again,” says Carl Fleming, formerly of Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan. “In this technology-filled world, camps cut back on distractions.” Many effectively ban cell phones and computers, so kids can truly take advantage of all summertime has to offer. That means those prone to sit on their duffs and text or play video games are forced to get up – and get moving!

9. Develop interests

“Camps are a nurturing environment for a child to explore activities and programs that could turn into lifelong passions,” says Diane Gotelaeve of Saline, formerly of Summers-Knoll Camp in Ann Arbor. With so much to do at summer camp (archery, swimming, canoeing, crafts, etc.), there are many fun activities for kids to discover.

That’s why it’s the perfect place for your child to tap into an interest that he or she wants to carry on after camp is over. Did your daughter go ga-ga for horseback riding? Perhaps she’s a budding equestrian who would enjoy regular lessons.

10. Occupies the summer

“I have to work!” says Diamond Zhu of Dearborn Heights, expressing what for many parents is the most practical reason. After all, when school lets out, kids have to go somewhere to spend their time. Camp isn’t just a “parking spot” for kids, though: It also offers fun, excitement and lessons that last.

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