50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S.

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A great summer camp should be a safe and magical place where girls and boys can make friends, discover new passions and learn to be independent. Here, they are taught values such as teamwork and cooperation – all while surrounded by majestic lakes, mountains, woodlands and wide-open spaces so often lacking in congested cities. More often than not, kids find out who they are and what makes them tick. Here, in no particular order, we look at 50 of the most incredible summer camps in the United States.

Tripp Lake Camp – Poland, Maine

50. Tripp Lake Camp – Poland, Maine

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Tripp Lake Camp in beautiful Poland, Maine describes itself as “one of the finest girls’ camps” in the area. Located on picturesque Tripp Lake, the camp is “nestled among majestic evergreens,” according to its website. Tripp Lake Camp was established by Eva Rosenheim in 1911, and today it promises “a culture built on timeless values.” The camp places importance on forging new, lifelong friendships, explaining that its campers – aged seven to 16 – “gain confidence from navigating new situations… [and] emerge self-assured, caring and well-rounded.” One camper seems to agree, saying, “Without this place I would only be one percent of who I am today.” Activities include archery, basketball, soccer, equestrian pursuits, kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, and art and theater options. Tripp Lake Camp is certified by the ACA (American Camp Association) and also runs a winter program in Armonk, New York.

River Way Ranch Camp – Sanger, California

49. River Way Ranch Camp – Sanger, California

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This Sanger, California-based youth getaway aims to “challenge individuals and influence the future.” River Way Ranch Camp caters to seven- to 16-year-old boys and girls and is hailed by both parents (Mom’s Best Award 2011) and visiting international staff (CCUSA Spirit Award 2011) as one of the best camps in the nation. Based at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center, its activities range from martial arts and mini-bikes to horse jumping, riflery, archery and soccer. Arts and crafts endeavors include photography, yearbook design and digital graphics, while River Way’s lake program offers campers fun pastimes such as kayaking, sailing, swimming and “raging rapids waterslides.” ACA-certified River Way was established in 1967 and also operates international tours in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Raquette Lake Camps – Hamilton County, New York

48. Raquette Lake Camps – Bedford, New York

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Established in 1916, historic Raquette Lake Camps offers two separate experiences – for boys and girls, respectively, aged six to 15. All this happens near New York State’s picturesque Raquette Lake in Hamilton County. According to its website, the ACA-certified camp provides “a place where children can learn how to make friends, challenge themselves, learn new skills and become independent, responsible adolescents.” Raquette Lake Camps’ extensive waterfront means that kids can power boat, sail, wakeboard, canoe and kayak to their hearts’ content. Meanwhile, back on land, a fully equipped sports complex accommodates activities such as basketball, archery and hockey. The camp’s well-rounded programs also include arts and crafts pursuits like ceramics and woodworking.

Camp Chief Ouray – Granby, Colorado

47. Camp Chief Ouray – Granby, Colorado

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ACA-certified Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado says on its website that “camp is kinda like regular life, except way better.” The YMCA camp – which welcomed its first campers in 1908 – was named after celebrated local Native American leader Chief Ouray and was originally based north of Granby, close to the Colorado River. Since 1980, it has been situated at the Snow Mountain Ranch, to the southeast of the town. “Boredom is simply not an option,” explains the camp’s site, which touts its idyllic mountainous setting with its rivers and pastures. Camp Chief Ouray accommodates boys and girls aged seven through 17, and its activities include options like leadership training, horseback riding, trekking and backpacking. As well as its traditional summer camp program, Chief Ouray also offers older adult and family camps plus a women’s fitness camp.

Southwoods – Lake Paradox, New York

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The 25 cabins of Southwoods camp in upstate New York are situated by beautiful Paradox Lake, surrounded by the mighty Adirondack Mountains. The camp features a golf green and range, a nature center, a climbing wall, basketball courts, and a hockey rink, among other facilities. The four-week kids’ getaway – which is certified by the ACA – describes its camp experience as a safe environment in which children can “explore and grow.”

Southwoods has the largest ski boat fleet in camping with seven motorized boats including five competition rated Ski Nautiques providing expert instruction in Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, private Slalom course racing, Knee boarding, tubing and the newest water sport Wake surfing. Activities include a wide variety of land and water sports, artistic pursuits, outdoor adventures, and nature- and community-focused programs.

Southwoods’ origins date back to 1914, when the property became Camp Woodmere, a retreat for girls. However, it now also includes boys in the camp and accommodates 250 kids per session. Website Lantern Camps describes it as “one of the country’s premier four-week programs” and references its “beautifully maintained cabins and activity facilities” as well as its “scenic grounds.”

Camp Moosilauke – Orford, New Hampshire

46. Camp Moosilauke – Orford, New Hampshire

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Having been established in 1904, Camp Moosilauke describes itself as “one of the oldest residential summer camps in the U.S.” According to website Choice Camps, “By placing equal importance on land sports, waterfront activities and outdoor adventure trips, Moosilauke creates an environment where there is no one definition for success.” Moosilauke is idyllically situated in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, complete with a lovely 200-acre campus made up of fields, woods and an out-of-the-way lake. The all-boys’ camp’s philosophy aims to encourage its up to 140 attendees to “try new things and gain confidence and self-esteem in the process.” Moosilauke’s land sport facilities include two soccer fields, five clay tennis courts, a pair of lit basketball courts and two baseball diamonds. Lakefront activities feature sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and canoeing, while other outdoor pursuits include orienteering and “backcountry cooking.”

Camp Takajo – Naples, Maine

45. Camp Takajo – Naples, New York

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ACA-accredited Camp Takajo in Naples, Maine describes itself as “one of the finest boys’ camps” in the state. Camping enthusiast Morty Goldman set up Takajo in 1947 “to create a well-rounded summer program in which each boy could develop independence and self-reliance in a nurturing, supportive environment.” Divided into three age-specific sub-camps, Takajo accommodates boys from seven to 15 years of age and is set in beautifully wooded lakeside surroundings. Activities include water sports, exploration of hobbies and skills, and pioneering. Takajo prides itself on its ability to build character through its focus on tried-and-true values like honesty, decency and empathy, and it attempts to help instill each camper “with a strong moral compass.” Ultimately, though, as one parent points out, it’s the people who make Camp Takajo what it is.

Camp Timberlane for Boys – Woodruff, Wisconsin

44. Camp Timberlane for Boys – Woodruff, Wisconsin

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Camp Timberlane in Woodruff, Wisconsin, offers a traditional sleepaway camp experience for boys aged between eight and 15. “Tucked into the pine and hardwood forests of Wisconsin lies the secluded Lake Towanda… home to the classic northwoods Camp Timberlane,” writes Lantern Camps. Meanwhile, Timberlane describes itself as “a place to be yourself, have fun and make the best friends you’ll ever have.” Set up in 1961, the camp stresses the importance of non-competitive “teamwork, sportsmanship and fun” and treats all of its 165 campers equally. As well as lying on Lake Towanda, the camp’s nearly 300-acre, tree-hemmed campus features modern cabins, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, athletics fields and a beach volleyball court. Timberlane also offers three- to 12-day “canoeing, backpacking and rock climbing trips” headed as far away as Canada.

Camp Walt Whitman – Piermont, New Hampshire

43. Camp Walt Whitman – Piermont, New Hampshire

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Camp Walt Whitman is a “sleepaway summer camp for kids” in Piermont, New Hampshire. Brothers Chick and Arnie Soloway founded it in 1948 to “provide a warm and caring atmosphere… and teach children how to reach their full potential” – and its name was inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing.” The idyllic ACA-certified camp is located in a 300-acre area on Lake Armington’s southern shore, close to the New Hampshire–Vermont border. Naturally, Camp Walt Whitman takes full advantage of its surroundings through its outdoor adventure programs, while other activities there include water sports and arts and crafts. One camp alumnus writing in The New York Times about her time at Walt Whitman reverently recalled “the blueberry fields” and “all those vast expanses of free time.”

Camp Waziyatah – Waterford, Maine

42. Camp Waziyatah – Waterford, Maine

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The ACA-certified Camp Waziyatah in Waterford, Maine promises to build “better kids one summer at a time.” Surrounded by 130 acres of woodland and with its own 3.5-mile lake, Waziyatah describes its summer camp experience as “life-changing,” filled with “best friends, awesome activities and just the right amount of ‘rustic.’” Camp Waziyatah got going in 1922 and today accepts girls and boys aged six to 16, offering them a choice of over 30 activities – including horseback riding, waterskiing and theater. It even became a TV star, as the first season of the Disney Channel’s popular reality show Bug Juice was filmed here. Years on, and Camp Waziyatah is as popular as ever. Looking ahead to her fifth visit, teenage Londoner Melissa Wilkinson wrote on Waziyatah’s website that “your summers will never be the same after attending this… camp.”

Camp Winnebago – Fayette, Maine

41. Camp Winnebago – Fayette, Maine

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ACA-accredited Camp Winnebago in Fayette, Maine was founded in 1919 by Frank L. Guggenheimer, who is still fondly referred to as “Chief.” Surrounded by pine trees and set on beautiful Echo Lake, Camp Winnebago is the perfect summer getaway for boys aged between eight and 15, with up to 160 attending each session. The 400-acre campus contains more than 65 buildings. What’s more, facilities include a photographic dark room, a theater, a camp radio station, seven tennis courts, three baseball fields, a pair of soccer fields, two basketball courts, and a fully equipped waterfront that features a “floating pool built into the lake.” Camp Winnebago promises to leave campers “brimming with confidence, happiness and lasting memories.” The camp seems popular, too, as according to its official website, the return rate is 90 percent.

Camp Wigwam for Boys – Waterford, Maine

40. Camp Wigwam for Boys – Waterford, Maine

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Camp Wigwam for Boys sits next to Bear Lake, beneath the Maine stretch of the beautiful White Mountains, and is everything a young boy could want in a summer retreat. The ACA-accredited camp was set up in 1910 by Arnold Lehman and Abraham Mandelstam and offers its intake, known as “Wigwammers,” a “dynamic cultural experience renowned for the high quality of its innovative sports and fine arts programs.” The Waterford, Maine-based enterprise prides itself on its “camaraderie,” “sense of community,” and its “nurturing and friendly environment.” Explaining what makes the camp unique, its website emphasizes its “attention to each and every camper’s growth as a young man.” Camp activities include basketball, soccer, sailing, tennis, golf, waterskiing, sewing, rocketry, and arts and crafts.

Brant Lake Camp – Brant Lake, New York

39. Brant Lake Camp – Brant Lake, New York

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Brant Lake Camp in New York’s Adirondack Mountains describes itself as “a top-tier private resident camp for boys ages seven through 15.” Founded in 1917, the camp operates under three core values; “a safe and healthy environment,” a “fun and positive experience,” and “exceptional instruction and sports participation.” Its beautiful campus boasts a wide selection of land sport facilities for its 400 campers, including 17 tennis courts, three baseball fields, two soccer fields, eight basketball courts, a climbing wall, an archery range and a roller hockey rink. Meanwhile, the waterfront has a “water basketball area,” a fishing dock, a fleet of boats, and a waterskiing and wakeboarding area. All this, and Brant Lake Camp also features a fitness center and an arts and crafts space. A much-loved tradition is the summer “Color War” between those in green and gray, involving special points-scoring events such as a song contest and rope burning.

Becket-Chimney Corners – Becket, Massachusetts

38. Becket-Chimney Corners – Becket, Massachusetts

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Located in the scenic Berkshires highland area of western Massachusetts, Becket-Chimney Corners is a Brother-Sister and YMCA-run summer camp whose origins date back to 1903. The ACA-certified facility – which sprawls over 1,400 acres – was initially known as Camp Becket for Boys, but in 1931 the Chimney Corners Camp for girls was added. In 1972 the YMCA came into possession of the previously privately run combined retreat. Camp Becket promises boys “a traditional, rustic overnight camp experience… providing leadership programs and other activities that help shape young boys into strong men.” Meanwhile, Chimney Corners is described as “a place where girls have spent their summers learning, laughing and building life-long friendships.” Both the boys’ and girls’ camps offer an arts center, athletics courts and fields, and a woodshop, among other facilities.

Teton Valley Ranch Camp – Dubois, Wyoming

37. Teton Valley Ranch Camp – Dubois, Wyoming

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Teton Valley Ranch Camp (TVRC) in Dubois, Wyoming offers kids aged ten to 16 a chance to get in touch with their inner cowboys and cowgirls and escape the monotony of everyday urban life. TVRC was set up in 1939 as a boys’ camp where youngsters could learn about the pioneering spirit and traditions of the Old West. In 1947 the camp was opened up to girls as well, and it now welcomes 135 of both genders to its summer sessions. TVRC uses the Wild West to help kids develop their physical and leadership skills: by the time campers leave, “the mountains, caves, rivers and valleys” will have brought them a sense of “untold freedom and responsibility,” we’re told. Activities include outdoor pursuits such as fly-fishing, riflery and riding, and campers stay in log cabins that add to the communal ranch-like feel.

Red Arrow Camp – Woodruff, Wisconsin

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“Don’t wait to be a great man, be a great boy,” exclaims Red Arrow Camp. The historic camp for boys aged seven to 16 was founded in 1920 and is situated on Woodruff, Wisconsin’s placid Trout Lake. Its 100 campers at a time can enjoy activities like archery, sailing, water-skiing, canoeing and woodwork. Speaking of wood, the camp features amazing log cabin structures that can be traced back to the mid-1800s. “Red Arrow Camp has combined the best aspects of other summer programs to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our boys,” says the facility. Red Arrow also holds themed special events like Cabin Stunt Night and the camp’s own take on the Olympics. Set on the site of an old Native American village, the tree-filled campsite offers boys something totally different to their everyday lives – and the opportunity to “make lifelong friends.”

Mountain Meadow Ranch – Susanville, California

35. Mountain Meadow Ranch – Susanville, California

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Situated on a sprawling ranch near Lake Tahoe in California’s epic Sierra Nevada mountain range, Mountain Meadow Ranch is a co-ed camp for youngsters aged seven to 16. The ACA-certified camp – which promises a “summer of magic” – was founded in 1956 as a warm season retreat for boys and was adapted to include girls in the 1960s. The site was chosen for its rich natural beauty, wide-open space and suitable climate. “At Mountain Meadow Ranch, fun is a given,” states the camp’s official site. Offering a wide range of arts and crafts, adventure pursuits, and land and water sports, Mountain Meadow Ranch aims “to enhance the self-confidence, growth, development and environmental awareness of each individual.” One veteran camper raved, “I can’t recommend this camp enough… [and am] looking forward to my daughter going here one day!”

Mountain Camp Woodside – Portola Valley, California

34. Mountain Camp Woodside – Portola Valley, California

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Gorgeous Portola Valley in California’s San Mateo County is the setting for scenic Mountain Camp Woodside. Bob Cavalli, then athletic director for San Francisco’s Town School for Boys, set up the facility in 1976 as Camp Unique. It has been at its current Woodside Priory School location since 1993 and was renamed in 2010 after it partnered with Lake Tahoe retreat, Mountain Camp. The ACA-accredited co-ed facility offers seven- to 15-year-olds a day camp and overnight getaway experience together with activities like basketball, soccer, tennis, archery, photography, swimming, drama, and arts and crafts. The overnight camp promises attendees “a traditional summer camp with all the comforts of home.” One contented parent called it “the quintessential summer camp experience,” adding, “The feel is great – uncrowded and safe, and the camper-staff ratio is good.”

Camp Marimeta – Eagle River, Wisconsin

33. Camp Marimeta – Eagle River, Wisconsin

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Camp Marimeta in beautiful Eagle River, Wisconsin is a private overnight summer camp for girls aged between seven and 15. The camp was founded in 1947 near the secluded Meta Lake and is surrounded by northern Wisconsin’s sprawling North Woods. The ACA-certified camp states on its website that it aims to foster “friendships that will last a lifetime,” in “a warm, caring environment.” Facilities for Marimeta’s 170 campers at a time include four lit tennis courts, a lit basketball court, athletics fields, a climbing wall rising to 31 feet, and riflery and archery ranges. Marimeta’s Recreation Hall is the setting for the camp’s gymnastics, aerobics, yoga and dance programs. Naturally, there are also a host of water sports activities to try on the lake – including boating, windsurfing and tubing – while a slide attached to the dock adds to the fun.

Camp Sangamon – Pittsford, Vermont

32. Camp Sangamon – Pittsford, Vermont

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Camp Sangamon is a summer camp in Pittsford that dates back to 1922 and accepts boys aged between nine and 16. It offers attendees a chance to forge new friendships and – both through a specific leadership program and more generally – to welcome responsibility, amid the majestic lakes and hills of Vermont. Sangamon prides itself on the fact that its 125 campers get to decide what they want to do and where they want to do it, further emphasizing the importance of choice and initiative. The ACA-certified camp offers activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, archery, tennis, mountain biking and hiking. Sangamon also features farming and gardening programs, as well as creative arts options like photography, drama, pottery, weaving and woodworking.

Camp Tall Timbers – High View, West Virginia

31. Camp Tall Timbers – High View, West Virginia

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Lantern Camps describes visiting Camp Tall Timbers as taking “a step back to a slower, simpler life.” Located in High View, Camp Tall Timbers gets its seclusion from the surrounding hardwood- and pine-packed West Virginian countryside, its own private lake and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. The camp was set up in 1970 by current executive director Jerry Smith and welcomes girls and boys aged between seven and 16 – 175 of them per session. The ACA-certified summer retreat is packed with amenities to “support its active camp agenda.” These facilities include a baseball diamond, driving range, gymnasium, riding stables, soccer fields, an art studio space and a performance stage. Camp activities are geared towards developing campers’ “self-confidence while enhancing their individual talents.”

Camp Wicosuta – Hebron, New Hampshire

30. Camp Wicosuta – Hebron, New Hampshire

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Camp Wicosuta, in Hebron, New Hampshire, is a four-week, ACA-accredited camp for girls aged between six and 15 that promises attendees “the time of their lives.” Established in 1920, it delivers a long tradition of morale- and spirit-boosting activities for up to 270 campers per session. According to its official website, the “goal is for every child to walk away feeling confident,” and it aims to get kids to surpass “their self-set limits.” Boston magazine describes the camp as being “more like a vacation with horses, ice-skating and water sports than a stodgy home-away-from-home.” Camp Wicosuta’s selection of over 30 activities also includes performing and visual arts, athletics, tennis, and gymnastics.

Kennolyn Camps – Soquel, California

29. Kennolyn Camps – Soquel, California

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Teachers Marion and Max Caldwell founded Kennolyn Camps in Soquel, California in 1946. Surrounded by the area’s stunning Santa Cruz Mountains, Kennolyn prides itself on its “secluded yet easily accessible” location, which features views of nearby Monterey Bay and the Nisene Marks State Park. Kennolyn accepts junior campers from the first and second grades and senior campers from the eighth and ninth grades, as well as tenth-grade attendees who can experience its leadership-training program. ACA-accredited Kennolyn offers activities such as archery, basketball, BMX and climbing, plus select options in surfing, trapeze, fencing and horse-related pursuits. The camp’s facilities include an equestrian center, rope courses, and a waterfront that features a 25-yard swimming pool.

Camp Mason – Hardwick, New Jersey

28. Camp Mason – Hardwick, New Jersey

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The website for Hardwick, New Jersey-based Camp Mason sets the bar sky-high: “There’s a feeling you get when you visit… You realize you’ve entered a very special place… An outdoor paradise.” This ACA-accredited, YMCA-run getaway for kids aged between seven and 16 accommodates up to 400 campers in 26 cabins, two lodges and four villages. The 460-acre camp was founded way back in 1900, when it was known as YMCA Camp Washington, and is surrounded by the forested mountain terrain of New Jersey’s Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. As well as offering a traditional overnight camp, Mason also has a ranch camp specifically for horse lovers plus a day camp. Summer camp activities cover fishing, swimming, boating, soccer, basketball, archery, mountain biking, arts and crafts, and more.

Kingswood Camp for Boys – Piermont, New Hampshire

27. Kingswood Camp for Boys – Piermont, New Hampshire

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The directors of this Piermont, New Hampshire-based overnight camp promise that “no boy slips through the cracks at Kingswood.” The ACA-accredited camp – which is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest – was founded in 1947 but has had “a major face-lift” since then. “Miles of pristine national forest create a beautiful, natural backdrop,” writes Lantern Camps, which goes on to mention Kingswood Camp for Boys’ “light-hearted, genuine feel.” The facility’s 160 campers can take advantage of its main lodge, nature building, 13 sleeping cabins, two baseball fields, three tennis courts, soccer field, basketball court, golf course, weight room and archery range. Plus, the waterfront includes a floating slide, a dive tower, a fishing dock, two motorboats and more than 50 other vessels. With a list like that, it’s no wonder one happy camper remarked that Kingswood “gives you choice unlike many other camps.”

Lake Bryn Mawr Camp for Girls – Honesdale, Pennsylvania

26. Lake Bryn Mawr Camp for Girls - Honesdale, Pennsylvania

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Lake Bryn Mawr Camp for Girls – established in 1921 – offers its attendees a natural “safe haven” and the opportunity to express themselves “through work, play and just being a girl.” Based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the ACA-accredited camp centers around beautiful Bryn Mawr Mountain and operates under a four-point “Angel Code,” which includes the motivational camp pillars of loyalty, merit, beauty and comradeship. Campers can pick from a dizzying array of activities – among them, navigating a rope-covered adventure course and the Adventure Annex hiking trails. Camp Laurel also boasts the Apple-O-Theater, an art center, a cooking studio, an equestrian center, a pair of swimming pools, a gym, fitness and health centers, 11 full-sized tennis courts, and the “Field of Dreams” softball field. It’s clearly the Four Seasons of summer camps.

Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods – Decatur, Michigan

25. Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods – Decatur, Michigan

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The ACA-certified Family of Camps network in Decatur, Michigan is split into the Lake of the Woods Camp for Girls and the Greenwoods Camp for Boys. Both camps run four- to eight-week programs for 180 children each session, ideal for parents with both sons and daughters. This facility also offers two-week girls’ and boys’ programs at The Glen at Lake of the Woods and The Grove at Greenwoods, respectively. The camp’s amenities include an equestrian center, three baseball diamonds, dance and gymnastics pavilions, and ceramics and arts and crafts studios. Meanwhile, the aquatic options and waterfront boast a 320-acre lake, a heated swimming pool, an aqua volleyball court, a water trampoline, seven ski boats, and numerous boats, boards, canoes and kayaks.

SOAR Adventure Summer Camp – Balsam, North Carolina

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SOAR – which is short for “Success Oriented Achievement Realized” – is a network of summer camps for kids aged between the ages of eight and 18. It specifically accommodates those with AD/HD and learning disabilities. SOAR’s origins trace back to 1975, and today it has camps in Wyoming, Florida, California, Costa Rica, Belize and Peru, as well as a “base camp” in Balsam, North Carolina. It uses outdoor adventure to develop campers’ “self-confidence, social skills, problem-solving techniques, willingness to attempt new challenges and… motivation.” The Balsam camp also includes activities such as llama trekking, canoeing, horseback riding, backpacking, an expedition course, and an “academic discovery” program.

Timber Lake Camp – Shandaken, New York

23. Timber Lake Camp – Shandaken, New York

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Timber Lake Camp in Shandaken, New York is one of five renowned and esteemed TLC Foundation sites on the East Coast. Surrounded by New York’s Catskill Mountains, the 500-acre ACA-certified camp is described as “the perfect setting to learn, share and grow with friends of a lifetime.” Timber Lake – which was founded in 1962 – features girls’ and boys’ campuses and accepts campers aged seven to 16, with 480 individuals per session. The camp emphasizes healthy eating, offering fruit and salad at all lunch and dinner sittings and a menu “designed to provide nutritious meals that children will enjoy.” Timber Lake’s activities include land sports, aquatic sports, outdoor adventures, and creative and fine arts programs. According to one regular, “While the rest of the world wants you to grow up, Timber Lake allows you be a kid.”

Silver Lake Camp – Swan Lake, New York

21. Silver Lake Camp – Swan Lake, New York

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Silver Lake Camp offers boys and girls an easily accessible yet secluded break from city life. The ACA-accredited camp – which was set up in 2004 at New York’s Swan Lake – offers attendees a big selection of adventure, athletics, performing and visual arts, and water sports activities. The latter include canoeing, diving, kayaking, lifeguard certification and tubing. Silver Lake also affords its intake of 400 a circus program that teaches them juggling, tightrope walking and how to perform on the flying trapeze, to name but a few skills. Elsewhere, the camp’s waterfront features a heated and lit swimming pool and a private lake complete with aquatic vehicles. Other facilities include a climbing wall that rises to 34 feet, a 300-foot zip line, a skate park, tennis courts, a theater, a stable, a health center and a soccer field.

Gold Arrow Camp – Lakeshore, California

20. Gold Arrow Camp – Lakeshore, California

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Watching the sun streak across Huntington Lake, surrounded by the majestic outline of the Sierra National Forest, is the kind of magical experience summer camp memories are made of. Gold Arrow Camp in Lakeshore, California was set up in 1933 by ex-Notre Dame footballer Manny Vezie. With intakes of 260 campers a session, it offers girls and boys aged between six and 14 the opportunity to unplug, forge lifelong friendships and feel like they belong. Waterfront fun covers motorboating, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, sailing and fishing. Meanwhile, other activities include archery, riflery, horseback riding, canyoneering, ceramics, and arts and crafts. The ACA-accredited camp – which is 30 miles away from Yosemite National Park – also features a second island site on nearby Shaver Lake, where campers can enjoy yet more water sports and sleep “under a canopy of stars.”

WeHaKee Camp for Girls – Winter, Wisconsin

19. WeHaKee Camp for Girls – Winter, Wisconsin

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The WeHaKee Camp for Girls was founded in 1923 near Lake Michigan. However, in the quest for more space, 41 years later it moved to its current Hunter Lake home, close to picturesque Winter, Wisconsin. The location is surrounded by beautiful virgin white pines and used to be a logging camp. The Sisters of the Dominicans of Sinsinawa – who are dedicated to “the care, nurturing and advancement of girls and young women” – sponsor the institution. For its 112 campers per session, lakeside activities at the ACA-accredited institution include water-skiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. Land sports, meanwhile, cover archery, soccer, basketball and tennis. And for arts and crafts enthusiasts, WeHaKee offers a stimulating program that includes photography, ceramics, pottery, music and drama.

Pali Adventures – Running Springs, California

18. Pali Adventures – Running Springs, California

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Pali Adventures in Running Springs, California offers campers a one- or two-week getaway during which they’ll explore their choice of 18 fantasy jobs. These include learning to be a broadcast journalist, Hollywood stunt person, rock star, adventurer, fashion designer or even a spy. What’s more, summer nights feature activities like a special game show, “Casino Night” and the ever-popular “Miss Pali.” The ACA-certified, 74-acre camp was set up in 1999 by UCLA graduate Andy Wexler, who envisioned “the ultimate summer camp.” Like most camps, it aims to boost kids’ confidence, autonomy and self-esteem – only this time through “some of the most thrilling and unforgettable activities on the planet.” “My kids talk about it almost every day,” raved one dad. “I can actually say they like camp more than video games.”

Camp Olympia – Trinity, Texas

17. Camp Olympia – Trinity, Texas

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Set in the wide-open spaces of Trinity, Texas’s ACA-certified Camp Olympia offers children aged seven to 16 a real slice of the good life. The camp was set up in 1968 by All-American football stars Corby Robertson, Jr. and Chris Gilbert and blends its rustic countryside surroundings with contemporary facilities and a packed activity program. The 336 kids are separated into Spartans and Athenians and compete in daily activities, which Olympia believes “builds a spirit of friendly competition, teamwork and leadership.” Making full use of nearby tranquil Lake Livingston, Olympia’s waterfront line-up covers canoeing, diving, sailing, wakeboarding, and “blobbing,” a tradition that involves “jumping from a platform and landing on a large inflatable.” Meanwhile, back on land, options include horseback riding, an arts program and a junior golf academy.

Camp Winaukee – Moultonborough, New Hampshire

16. Camp Winaukee – Moultonborough, New Hampshire

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A trio of teachers set up the ACA-accredited Camp Winaukee “sports and adventure program” in Moultonborough, New Hampshire in 1920. “Winaukee is… more than a spectacular location on Lake Winnipesaukee. It is a culture of good values… passed down from generation to generation,” claims the camp’s official website. Winaukee’s facilities include a Mainland Camp for first-to-sixth-grade boys and an Island Camp for seventh-to-ninth-grade boys. And there is also a Rookie Camp for younger male campers wanting something shorter than a regular seven-week session. Activities involve traditional team and individual land sports, water sports, and outdoor adventures. One alumnus was so moved by his camp experience that he promised to send his whole family there, writing, “This special place… will leave its mark on you and change you for the better.”

Camp Weequahic – Lakewood, Pennsylvania

15. Camp Weequahic – Lakewood, Pennsylvania

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Majestic Camp Weequahic is nestled near northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, on the shores of a secluded lake in Lakewood and close to the Delaware River. Founded in 1953, the camp prides itself on its “exceptionally caring environment,” promising girls and boys aged seven to 16 “the best possible summer camp” experience. Online guide The Camp Insider also references Weequahic’s “down-to-earth” feel, “well educated directors” and “beautiful location.” Creative activities for its 400 campers include fashion design, digital photography, robotics and cooking programs. Meanwhile, sporting activities cover baseball, basketball, soccer, street hockey, golf, and waterfront pursuits like sailing and tubing. And hiking, ropes and nature walks count among Weequahic’s outdoor adventure options. The campus also features a climate-controlled health center and dining hall plus a heated pool.

Camp Scherman – San Jacinto Mountains, California

14. Camp Scherman – San Jacinto Mountains, California

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Camp Scherman is an all-girls summer retreat operated by the Girl Scout Council and ensconced in the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California. “Escape the everyday,” says the camp’s website, playing off its remote, idyllic location. The site goes on to call Camp Scherman “one of the finest camps” in the area. Founded in 1968, the retreat was named after Joe Scherman, the very first Californian state ranger. The 700-acre camp’s attractions include Honor Lake and Promise Lake – on which campers can kayak or canoe – plus a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, an archery range and a sprawling network of hiking trails. Activities range from horseback riding to rock climbing and outdoor cooking. Local magazine Parenting OC awarded the ACA-certified facility “Best Overnight Camp” three years in a row – from 2010 through 2012.

Camp Chipinaw – Swan Lake, New York

13. Camp Chipinaw – Swan Lake, New York

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The ACA-accredited Camp Chipinaw in Swan Lake, New York was founded in 1926 as a summer getaway for boys. The facility went co-ed in 1938, and since then, “Chipinaw has become one of the finest traditional camps in the United States,” according to the camp’s official website. Chipinaw promises its 400 campers aged between seven and 16 “a summer of fun, friends, sports, arts and adventure,” in a stunning environment bordered by the Catskill Mountains in southeastern New York. Adding to the good times, Chipinaw shares its pretty lakeside property with Silver Lake Camp. Chipinaw’s amenities include soccer and baseball fields, a skate park, basketball and tennis courts, and a 34-foot-tall climbing wall. Meanwhile, the camp’s private lake features sailboats, diving boards, kayaks, canoes, a floating trampoline and an “inflatable iceberg.”

KenMont and KenWood Camps – Kent, Connecticut

12. KenMont and KenWood Camps – Kent, Connecticut

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KenMont and KenWood Camps – which were founded in 1924 in Kent, Connecticut – offer kids aged between eight and 15 “the very best in four-week camping.” Split into two groups, his and hers, each helmed by experienced counselors, the ACA-certified camps aim to nurture the “development of individual character, self-confidence, making friends and the learning [of] new physical and social skills.” Activities include athletics, water sports, extreme sports, outdoor adventure, creative arts and theater, and dream-pursuing endeavors like learning about radio broadcasting, newspaper publication and forming a rock ‘n’ roll band. The camps pride themselves on getting attendees to embrace novel experiences. One parent explained, “This is a great camp for a kid who likes to be active. The grounds are beautiful and there are lots of opportunities to try new things.”

Kutsher’s Sports Academy – Great Barrington, Massachusetts

11. Kutsher’s Sports Academy – Monterey, Massachusetts

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Joseph and Milton Kutsher and successful former college basketball coach Clair Bee set up Kutsher’s Sports Academy in 1968. Originally located in Monticello, the camp is now set on Lake Buel in Massachusetts’ Berkshires. From the 1970s through the ‘90s, the ACA-accredited summer camp was the setting for plenty of NBA basketball-associated activity, with court legends like Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul Jabbar dropping by for visits. It’s also known for its Major League Baseball clinics – while other sporting pursuits include lacrosse, volleyball, soccer and golf. The waterfront program offers boys and girls attending – aged between seven and 17 – activities such as waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, fishing and kneeboarding. Meanwhile, among the facilities are a basketball court, tennis courts and a driving range.

Camp Laurel – Readfield, Maine

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With sailboats bobbing around on Echo Lake and tennis courts bordered by 160 acres of lush forest, ACA-accredited Camp Laurel looks like everything a young camper would wish for from a summer getaway with friends. Located in Readfield, Maine, every year Camp Laurel hosts 480 boys and girls aged between seven and 15. The camp was established in 1949 on New York’s Lake Awosting and moved to its current home in 1965. Camp Laurel’s sprawling campus includes facilities such as a pair of lit soccer fields, a hockey field, a roller hockey arena, a cutting-edge fitness center, a gymnastics center and five basketball courts. The camp also has four ski boats, over 30 sailboats, two fishing barges, and a fleet of canoes and kayaks. In short, if a child likes sports, this camp will blow them away.

Camp Coniston – Croydon, New Hampshire

9. Camp Coniston – Croydon, New Hampshire

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Operated by the YMCA, Camp Coniston has a summer program that is open to boys and girls aged between eight and 15. The ACA-accredited facility is situated on a serene lake in Croydon, New Hampshire, enveloped by 1,200 acres of the camp’s own woodlands. Coniston offers one- or two-week programs geared towards helping its 370 campers “learn about themselves and the world around them.” Cut off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the camp boasts team-building and self-esteem-boosting activities such as snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, soccer and horseback riding. It also nourishes kids’ more cultural sides with options like acting, dance, and arts and crafts. In 2010 Coniston received the “Champion of Children” award from the Governor’s Office of New Hampshire, which recognized its budding reputation as the “‘go-to camp for kids with chronic [health] disorders.”

French Woods Festival – Hancock, New York

8. French Woods Festival – Hancock, New York

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The French Woods Festival camp in Hancock, New York depicts itself as “a performing arts summer camp for circus, dance, music, theater, magic, skateboard and more.” Meanwhile, Lantern Camps describes French Woods as a place where “creative kids from all walks of life find kindred spirits,” but adds: “so do athletes and explorers.” French Woods was started up in 1970 and nowadays welcomes 750 attendees each session. Activities range from music, art and computing to tennis, horseback riding, sailing and water-skiing. “Each camper designs his or her own unique summer experience,” explains the co-ed camp, whose facilities feature five theaters, a prop and costume storehouse, a 12,000-square-foot circus pavilion, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 11 tennis courts, a skate park and six basketball courts. Famous former campers include Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine and New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel.

Four Winds Westward Ho – Deer Harbor, Washington

7. Four Winds Westward Ho – Deer Harbor, Washington

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Founded in 1927, Four Winds Westward Ho describes itself as “a haven for young people” and welcomes male and female campers aged seven through 18. Situated on tranquil Deer Harbor and nestled among the San Juan Islands, this ACA-accredited camp is surrounded by lush forest and the calming waters of its own inlet. Activities are a mix of water and land sports, while its intake of 170 campers at a time can also enjoy gardening, crafts and arts programs. “Four Winds is a place that embraces individuality; we give you the space and the safety to be yourself,” explains the camp’s website. Meanwhile, one camper suggests that “although the uniforms might be annoying and the lack of electronics might be a punishment for some kids… [by] relinquishing the modern-day distractions for a month, a child can learn about who they are.”

Point O’Pines – Brant Lake, New York

6. Point O’Pines – Brant Lake, New York

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The crystal-blue waters of Brant Lake in New York State give Point O’Pines one of the most charming summer camp locations in the country. The all-girl camp – founded in 1957 – is set on an isolated peninsula in the mountains and features its own shoreline. “The huge beach looks more like something you’d find in the Caribbean, and the recently remodeled facilities and dining hall all enjoy broad lake views,” states Lantern Camps. “At Point O’Pines, we match the beauty and splendor of the Adirondacks with the superb quality of our facilities and equipment,” explains the camp on its website. One unusual yet notable example of its resources is the greenhouse, where kids can learn about organic gardening and go on to cook its produce. Other activities for Point O’Pines’ 300 campers per session include a water trampoline, tennis, golf, arts and crafts, dancing, softball, and horseback riding.

Sanborn Western Camps – Florissant, Colorado

5. Sanborn Western Camps – Florissant, Colorado

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Sanborn Western Camps includes the Big Spring Ranch for Boys and the High Trails Ranch for Girls, which together per session accept 270 campers aged between nine and 16. Sanborn also offers a junior program for seven- to 10-year-olds. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains in Florissant, Colorado, the ACA-certified Sanborn taps into the idea that children “benefit from time spent in the natural world.” Its forests of ponderosa pines and Douglas firs provide the perfect setting for outdoor summer exploration. Sanborn began with the Big Spring Ranch for Boys, which was founded by Laura and Sandy Sanborn in 1948. The High Trails Ranch for Girls was added in 1962, and the junior program came into being in 1989. Activities range from cattle round-ups, rock climbing, horseback riding and volleyball to pottery, drama, photography and fossil digging.

Catalina Island Camps – Two Harbors, California

4. Catalina Island Camps – Two Harbors, California

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Set on the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island Camps almost looks more like an expensive island retreat than a traditional summer camp. The ACA-accredited co-ed camp was inaugurated in 1922 on an archipelago in California’s Channel Islands and is blessed with the “unique marine and land environments of Howlands Landing” – like its own cove plus neighboring kelp forests. “The southern California sunshine is tempered by the gentle ocean breezes, allowing the camp season to be spent almost entirely outdoors,” writes Lantern Camps, adding that “the ocean [is] literally steps from a wide-open cabin.” Fun island activities for Catalina’s 160 campers include sailing, snorkeling, power boating and stand-up paddling, while climbing, ziplining, gardening, outdoor cooking and photography count among its land-based options.

Cheley Colorado Camps – Estes Park, Colorado

3. Cheley Colorado Camps – Estes Park, Colorado

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Surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheley Colorado Camps offers its co-ed young attendees – 490 of them per session – a rejuvenating return to nature. Established by Frank Cheley in 1921, Cheley prides itself on its capacity “to provide formative experiences that nourish body and spirit.” Describing its camping experience as transformative, ACA-certified Cheley gives campers a chance to gain self-reliance and independence, presenting the opportunity for self-empowerment and personal development. The camp’s facilities include five horse riding rings, arts and crafts studios, a climbing wall, a soccer field, basketball courts, an amphitheater, a gymnasium and weight room, and shooting ranges. As “one of Colorado’s top-rated summer camps,” Cheley promises “an awesome educational summer camp experience… in the Colorado wilderness.”

Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, technical climbing, rafting, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, archery, riflery, crafts, sports, a challenge course, and more. The Cheley Mission states “We build the lasting character of young people, creating unique life experiences in a challenging and nurturing natural environment.” Great things happen when youth and mountains meet.

Adirondack Camp – Putnam Station, New York

2. Adirondack Camp – Putnam Station, New York

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Given that it’s beautifully backed by the Adirondack Mountains and bordered by the waters of Lake George, Adirondack Camp is the perfect natural setting for a summer camp of adventure. Founded more than 100 years ago, Adirondack describes itself as “one of the original great co-ed summer camps of North America.” Adirondack also taps into the site’s ancient past, explaining how “the Original People” embraced its “natural power.” Waterfront activities include canoeing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and kayaking. Among the land sports on offer are archery, fencing, rock climbing and soccer – and Adirondack also affords a wide selection of arts and outdoor adventure programs. The camp’s website promises a “life-changing” experience and “nothing less than the best summer of your children’s lives.”

Camp Caribou – Winslow, Maine

1. Camp Caribou – Winslow, Maine

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“Unforgettable summers since 1922,” boasts the ACA-certified Camp Caribou on its website. Located on a peninsula in Winslow, Maine, the secluded traditional boys’ camp is bordered by 1.5 miles of tranquil water. It was originally founded in 1922 as Camp Winslow, but the facility was procured by its current owners, the Lerman family, in 1968. For each session, Caribou accepts 240 boys aged seven to 15 and promises to teach them “life skills” and how to “get along.” Land sports include soccer, archery, basketball, lacrosse and golf, and the campus also features an impressive 10,000-square-foot gymnasium. Water sports options range from swimming to waterskiing, while campers can enjoy creative pursuits like woodworking, too. One parent remarked that her son “comes home more confident and smiling every summer.”


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A career in the field of education is not typically considered the path to a quick and easy fortune. When it comes to career growth, this field is very diverse because the core mission of education requires the collaboration of experts in various fields with support from ancillary staff.

Contrary to popular notion, some jobs in the field of education can be financially rewarding. Most of these jobs require years of experience, a slew of credentials and a stringent vetting process.

1. Chief Executive of Top-tier Universities
The head honcho of colleges and universities may bear the title of chancellor, president or provost, depending on the size of the institution. In most cases, the position requires completion of a doctorate with emphasis on executive academic leadership. The pay can range from the low $100,000 for smaller campuses up to $3 million for the rare few whose tenure can be characterized by positive benchmarks including increased enrollments, robust endowments and growing capital funds from other sources.

The competition can be very tough for these positions as job openings are rare. At 5 percent expected job growth, the outlook is below average compared to similar positions in other industries.

2. Academic Dean
In postsecondary institutions, the academic dean is the head of school or college. This position requires expertise in the college’s specific field of specialization. A master’s degree, a doctorate in the field or related area of study and years of tenured professorship are the typical requirements for job candidates. Academic deans guide academic and student services and oversee research initiatives at their colleges.

The average annual compensation for an academic dean hovers around $83,000. Job growth for the next 10 years leans toward 20 percent with most of the expansion coming from new course offerings by postsecondary schools to meet the demands of a knowledge-based economy.

3. Law Professors
Class instruction for aspiring lawyers is an employment opportunity for lawyers with the right credentials that would include a doctorate in the field, years of practice and some teaching experience. Adjunct positions may be open to those with a master’s degree. In larger universities, the pay scale for law professors is in the low $100,000. In junior colleges, compensation averages $67,990.

Competition for this job can be stiff with the number of available lawyers increasing faster than available jobs.

4.Professors for Health and Allied Health Specializations
The prerequisites for a teaching position in an academic institution preparing would-be doctors, nurses and other health professions are very stringent. A degree in medicine or a doctorate in a relevant field, years of actual practice and instructional experience are a must for professors in the health care field. The compensation for these instructors average $103,340 a year. The prospects for job growth are excellent and expected to reach 17 to 20 percent because of the needs of an aging population and changes brought about by health care reforms.

5. Engineering Professors
Teaching engineering principles and applications in an academic institution specializing in this area requires a master’s degree at the very least. Experience in research and manufacturing is an advantage as students gain an insight on the industry outlook. Aside from teaching, engineering professors may also be asked to participate in research projects.

Annual wages can top $100,000 in top-tier universities with the pay rate scaled down for junior colleges and trade schools. The outlook is bright for engineering professors as enrollment in science, technology and engineering courses continue to grow.

6. Economics Instructors
Experts in economic theories including production and distribution of goods and services can engage in research and teach at the same time. Instructors of economics and politics will usually have experience as analysts, researchers or policy makers. The depth of their experience in the field coupled with advanced degrees will command an average compensation of $89,540 per year. The best positions in this field will go to those with the finest credentials. Competition is expected to be tight for open positions as job growth will be slower than average at about 6 percent.

7. Registrar and Financial Aid Counselors
To complete the admissions and registration process in postsecondary schools, students need the assistance of front-office staff. The registrar and financial aid counselors will provide information and guide registrants through the maze of paperwork. They will also link students with aid sources. The salary range for these positions can top $90,000 at the high end and $42,000 at the low end. The outlook remains positive in this field because of increased enrollments in postsecondary schools.

8. Superintendent of Schools
As chief administrator of area public schools, the superintendent is tasked with budgeting, managing teachers and staff, overseeing curriculum implementation and enhancing school and student achievement. A doctorate in education, educational leadership or related field along with years of progressive experience as an academic leader are requirements for a superintendent position. The annual salary ranges from a low of $133,000 to $196,000.

9. School Principals
School principals oversee the day-to-day operations of a single school. Schools could be public or private and any level from preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. The principal manages hiring and firing of personnel, implementation of educational policies, application of curriculum and enrichment activities. They work closely with teachers, parents and the community to ensure a safe and successful environment conducive to learning.

A master’s degree in education or academic leadership matched with years of solid classroom experience are basic requirements for a school principal. The pay scale ranges from $86,970 to $129,480 annually, but the outlook is neutral because supply exceeds demand for this position.

10. Assistant Principal
Assistant principals are assigned to one school and collaborate with school principals in administrative tasks to assess and enhance teachers’ skills, promote student achievement and ensure safety of the facilities. A master’s degree and some classroom experience are needed prior to switching to administrative positions. Assistant principals can gross $66, $66,697 to $89,406 per year. Schools may retain more than one assistant principal, depending on size of enrollment.

11. Curriculum Developers
Instructional developers may start out as classroom teachers. With a master’s degree, teachers can advance to instructional designer or one who is tasked with developing, testing and implementing curriculum materials. The job may also include teacher training, textbook election, curriculum assessment and measuring effectiveness through student testing. Curriculum developers specialize in one subject area such as math, science, reading or social studies.

The average compensation for curriculum writers can range from a low of $42,000 to a high of $75,000. The outlook for this field is very positive as technology and educational reform will continue to pressure schools to improve their instructional design.

12. Librarians
Librarians manage the library resources of schools. They maintain records, initiate library programs, catalogue library materials and supervise staff. They ensure that students and faculty have easy access to resources. They may also take charge of reviewing and purchasing new materials for the library. They may also be asked to assist teachers in lesson plan development.

The job requires a master’s degree in library science. Annual salary can range from $42,240 to $65,300 annually. The outlook is neutral for school librarians as the trend is to merge this position with media specialists.

13. Media Specialists
The main responsibility of media specialists is to manage the school’s technology resources including computers, multimedia materials and audiovisual equipment. The media specialist evaluates new technologies and recommends procurement. Maintenance and training of other personnel in the use of new equipment is under the purview of the media specialist. In some cases, the media specialist will include all the librarian’s responsibilities involving management of library resources. Depending on the size of the school, pay scale for media specialist can range from $40,000 to $65,000 per annum.

14. Special Education Teachers
Special education teachers are highly trained individuals who teach and supervise students with diagnosed emotional or physical impairment. They are the teachers who help prepare, implement and assess Individualized Education Programs. They may create specialized curriculum to meet the student’s IEP goals. Special education teachers coordinate with parents to monitor student’s progress and make transitional recommendations as needed.

This field is highly specialized and teachers are required to have a master’s degree in special education and certified to teach at their level. Annual salaries range from $40,480 to a high of $63,500. This field will continue to experience average growth of 17 percent in the next few years.

15. School Counselors
The responsibilities of school counselors extend from grief counseling to vocational guidance. The job includes student assessments to gauge abilities and proficiencies. In the early years, school counselors coordinate with teachers to monitor and identify development issues of students. They may also provide one-on-one career and financial aid guidance for students who are heading to college.

School counselors usually hold a master’s degree in school counseling. They must also pass a licensing exam. Annual salaries for school-based counselors range from $38,740 to $65,360 annually.

16. Speech Pathologists Speech Language Pathologists
Speech language pathologists work with students who have been identified as speech-impaired. These impairments may include problems with articulating sound, pronunciations and second language issues. The work of speech pathologists spans a wide spectrum: from children with speech impediments due to physical and mental disabilities to gifted children who may have trouble being understood by others.

Speech pathologists must have a master’s degree and must pass the state licensure examinations. The salary of speech pathologists average $66,920 per year. The outlook is positive for this field with growth expected to reach 23 percent in the next 10 years.

17. Training and Development Coordinators
Training and development specialists focus on planning, directing and coordinating teacher training programs to enhance knowledge, introduce new technologies and explain new policies. These specialists may not work directly with students, but they ensure that teachers can adapt new academic directives to their classrooms to enrich students’ learning experience.

Candidates for this job need at least a bachelor’s degree with some practical know-how gleaned from classroom experience. Holding master’s degree in a related field will be an advantage and a prerequisite in larger institutions. The median wage of training and development specialists can range from $42,000 to $89,170 per year. This field will see an increase in demand because of the need to enhance teachers’ skills to cope with educational reform and technological changes.

18. High School Teachers
Teachers in secondary schools usually have a master’s degree in their field of specialization. They can specialize in one subject matter, which they may be enjoined to teach to classes in different levels. Aside from classroom instruction, high school teachers will also take charge of learning enhancement programs especially those that will help students choose a career path. They teach life skills and academic courses in public or private schools.

The median wage for teachers is $53,320. The growth in demand for high school teachers can be attributed to mandated lowering of teacher to student ratios. This field will grow by 7 percent over the next 10 years.

19. Adult Literacy and Second Language Teachers
Adult literacy and General Education Development(GED) teachers work with youth and adults who need extra help with basic skills such as writing, reading, writing and articulting English. These teachers will assist students to earn their GED or equivalent high school diploma for nontraditional students. This remedial instruction may take place in a nontraditional setting such as community programs aimed at encouraging high school dropouts to obtain their GED and move on to college.

The minimum requirement to get a job in this field is a bachelor’s degree with a teaching certificate. The average annual salary is $46,530. The outlook for jobs in this field is positive with demand rising by about 15 percent in response to a growing immigrant population.

20. Middle School Teachers
Middle school teachers may work in public or private schools, focusing primarily on sixth to eighth grade students as homeroom teachers or subject area specialists. Their mission is to help students transition from elementary school to the more stringent course requirements in high school. A bachelor’s degree may suffice to land a job as a middle school teacher as long as the candidate is certified in the subject area and grade level.

The annual salary averages $51,960 or higher depending on the school and the teacher’s credentials. The outlook is positive with growth in the next 10 years expected to exceed 15 percent, which is better than the industry average.

21. Elementary School Teachers
Elementary school teachers work with younger students from kindergarten to 5th grade. They prepare lesson plans based on the given curriculum. They instruct students in core courses and impart life skills to young minds. These teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree at the very least. They must also be state-licensed and earn certifications for their area of specialty.

The average pay of elementary school teachers is $51,660 with time off during the summer break when students are on vacation. This field will continue to grow at a rate of 17 percent, which is comparatively better than other fields. Growth will be fueled by increase in enrollment and a decrease in class size.

22. Education Administrator, Preschools and Childcare Centers
Administrators of preschools and childcare centers have a daunting task of keeping very young children safe and entertained while providing exposure to the core learning areas of reading and math. They are responsible for hiring, firing, budgeting and interacting with parents.

A bachelor’s degree is usually sufficient to land a job as administrator of a preschool or childcare center. However, there are certification and clearance requirements that must be hurdled prior to being allowed to work closely with children. The mean annual compensation for these jobs is $51,060. Growth in this sector is expected to be strong in the next 10 years due to demographic shifts.

23. Self-enrichment Teachers
Self-enrichment teachers provide instruction on non-core subject areas such as music, foreign languages and art. They may generate their own curriculum or use one provided by their schools. The prerequisites for teaching these electives to elementary, middle and high school students are not as stringent as other teaching positions. The basic requirement is proficiency in the subject matter and teaching expperience.

The average annual wage for self-enrichment teachers is $36,340, but the growth prospects in this field are tremendous. Demand is expected to expand to 21 percent over the next 10 years. This average is higher than most comparable jobs.

24.Teacher Assistants
As the job title implies, teacher assistants support the efforts of classroom teachers. They work under the supervision of teachers to provide extra attention to students who may need the help. They are not substitute teachers because their positions are more permanent than the former.

The basic prerequisite for a teacher assistant position is graduation from high school. It may be given to college students as part of an on-the-job training program. Average wages per year are at $23,220. The demand for teacher assistants is expected to grow by 15 percent mostly in preschools, elementary and middle schools due to increased enrollments and mandates to reduce student to teacher ratios.

25. Curators and Archivists
Focusing on historically significant documents, curators and archivists collect, evaluate, catalogue and preserve these materials. They may engage in additional research and write academic papers to establish the significance of archival materials.

A bachelor’s degree in library science or history is required to work as archivist for universities, colleges and museums. Some institutions may require a master’s degree before turning over historic materials to an archivist working in-house or on a consultancy basis. The average annual earnings for this job is $45,200 with demand expected to grow by 15 percent because of increased interest in genealogy and historical preservation.

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Working as a substitute teacher is a great way to break into the education industry to determine whether or not a full-time teaching job is right for you. If you are thinking of working in education and you want to know how you can become a substitute teacher, there are plenty of local and online resources available to help.

Because each location varies with laws and formal requirements to become a substitute teacher, some positions may require you to have a Bachelor’s degree whereas others will accept a high school diploma. Complete the application that coincides with the position you are interested in. Most substitute teaching applications are extensive and may require additional time as opposed to traditional job applications.

Regardless of whether the substituting job you are interested in requires a Bachelor’s degree or a high school diploma, it is essential to spruce up your resume and ensure it is completely updated. Updating your resume should show the qualifications you have for the position based on your personal experience, past work history and any special skills you have to bring forward during your time substituting for any school, university or educational institution. If you are familiar with teaching technologies such as SMART boards, be sure to call attention to these assets.

You may be required to take local aptitude tests in order to prove you are fit as a substitute teacher and understand the basic material necessary in order to operate and manage a classroom. It may be necessary to schedule an appointment for the tests you need in order to move forward with the application process.

Provide information for the school district about the grades you want to substitute for and any past experience that you may have that helps you to appear more qualified. Ask questions about whether or not the school district provides an online automated substitute system to get familiar with using tools and programs to check to see when you are needed. If you understand how automated substitute systems work for substitutes and teachers and you make that clear, you are much more likely to get hire into a position you desire.

Get to know the administration of the school you are interested in. The more connections you have professionally, the easier it is to receive callbacks and requests for interviews in various positions. If you make a positive impression when you are substituting for a teacher in a classroom you are more likely to be called back to help in the future.

Check out these sites for more tips and information on being a substitute teacher:
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Education Administrator Resource Guide

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This guide is meant to be an all-inclusive resource about education administration for students and seasoned professionals. Its goal is to help those who are interested in the field find the right resources and also to help people who are seeking employment or currently employed as education administrators find the answers to questions they may have.

In this guide, relevant resources are divided into several categories. These include professional associations, societies, blogs, databases, journals, conferences, government education agencies, administrator education program accrediting agencies and social media links to organizations or notable professionals who work in the field.

Education Administration Associations And Societies

American Association of School Administrators – AASA has more than 13,000 members worldwide and is one of the most well-known organizations for education administrators in the United States. The member base includes everyone from chief executive officers and superintendents to students and professors. Members help form policies for administration and commit themselves to making optimal conditions for students to become lifelong learners.

Association of International Education Administrators – This organization is the world’s only professional association that focuses only on information sharing, advocacy, professional development and networking for education administrators and students. Members of the AIEA share the problems they face, work together to create solutions and help one another overcome obstacles.

National Association of Elementary School Principals – NAESP is an association designed for principals to share the challenges they face and share ideas for solutions to issues. The members include elementary school principals from the United States, Canada and several other parts of the world. One of the main goals of this association is to create the support system needed for principals to become the leaders needed for helping children receive the best learning experience possible.

National Association of Secondary School Principals – The purpose of this association is to promote leadership excellence among principals in middle schools and high schools. Members come from over 45 different countries throughout the world and have access to educational resources, tips for professional development and advocacy for student excellence. The association seeks to create a well-informed and educated world of principals who have the materials and tools needed to be the best leaders they can be.

National Rural Education Association – The NREA is an organization meant to be an advocacy resource for educators, administrators and even community members in rural areas. Rural educators have access to recent legislation and other important information affecting them. The association is also a place for sharing important research, concerns and ideas with other rural educators and administrators.

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators – The NAFEPA was designed to be the leader of federal programs supporting student success. Its goal is to provide support for educators working with federal programs in their own states and school districts. There is information available for principals, superintendents, educators and program administrators.

American Association of School Personnel Administrators – This organization is the only one that focuses on the needs of education administrators working in human resources departments or those who are responsible for overseeing and hiring school staff. The association provides professional development activities, helpful resources and networking opportunities. The AASPA seeks to become the world’s main resource for promoting effective HR practices for education administrators.

Australian Council for Educational Leaders – The ACEL mostly consists of education administrators in New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea. However, there are members from the United States and other countries, so this is a helpful resource for education administrators interested in policies and issues in other parts of the world.

Education Administrator Blogs

A Principal’s Reflections – This blog has won several awards. The author shares ideas about integrating technology, leadership, best practices and student-centered learning.

The Principal of Change – The author of this blog has been nominated for awards several times. His blog inspires teachers to help kids follow their dreams but also encourages them to seek inspiration from their pupils to continue pursuing their own dreams.

Open Learning Spaces – This blog’s purpose is to share ideas and create discussions about more advanced learning spaces that are designed to meet the needs of all students.

Darcy Moore’s Blog – This blog encourages comments, idea sharing and discussions after posts. Popular topics include teaching, leadership, literature, digital tecnology, social media, music and several others.

School21C – From the posts in this blog, educators and administrators can learn solutions to issues that are unique to this century.

Connected Principals – In this blog, education administrators and students can find valuable information about best practices, leadership, integration, communication and networking.

TBLOGICAL – This blog focuses mainly on technology and how it affects education. Administrators can find useful tools, tutorials, templates and videos to make the technical parts of their jobs easier.

Culture of Yes – Readers learn useful information about everything from parenting and teaching to social media and technology in this blog.

Molehills Out of Mountains – As the name implies, this blog focuses on solving or lessening the unique problems education administrators face.

Reflections of an Elementary School Principal – This blog is a good place for elementary school principals to connect with others and learn solutions to common issues.

Leading Successful and Dynamic Schools – In this blog, Dr. Scott Taylor shares ideas from his many years of experience and education to help administrators avoid mistakes that may prevent the success of their institutions.

The Wejr Board – This blog shares stories relating to several areas of education administration. Everything from learning how to engage parents to personal development is covered.

Education Administration Journals And Databases

EBSCO – This is one of the most comprehensive databases available to education administrators and students. Exclusive access to scholarly articles, research and other bits of information is provided.

Journal of Educational Administration – This journal is designed to meet the needs of education directors, superintendents, principals and other professionals in the field. The research submitted to this journal covers political, economic and social factors relating to education throughout the world.

ProQuest Education Journals – Education administrators and teaching professionals have access to helpful resources focusing on all levels of education. Special education, adult education, home schooling and several other topics are also addressed.

Educational Leadership – This journal addresses the many challenges and issues education administrators face each day. The publication is available in print or online for ASCD members.

NAASP Bulletin – Targeting secondary school principals, this bulletin is available to NAASP members. It is published quarterly and designed to challenge education administrators’ thinking.

Education Administration Quarterly – In this journal, professionals have access to articles about education policy, research, leadership and best practices.

The American School Board Journal – This journal addresses the challenges faced by public school administrators and provides helpful solutions to these issues.

American Educational Research Journal – With relevant research, this publication addresses a wide range of topics from human development to political issues and how they affect education.

The School Administrator – This is the AASA’s monthly magazine publication. It includes instructional materials, leadership information and other helpful resources.

Education Administrator Conferences

AIEA Conferences – The Association of International Education Administrators holds an annual conference with information and insight from experienced administrators around the world. These conferences are known for their depth of rich knowledge sharing.

CASE – The Council of Administrators of Special Education hosts several conferences and seminars throughout the year. These events focus on addressing common issues and promoting leadership skills.

Higher Ed Hero – For education administrators in higher education settings, this site is a valuable resource for nationwide events. The purpose of Higher Ed Hero is to provide administrators in universities, grad schools and even community colleges with valuable tools and knowledge that they can start using immediately.

Education Administrator Educational Resources

Ed.gov – This site has several helpful resources focusing on research, learning tools, tutorials and many other items.

BLS.gov – On this site, prospective students can learn how to become education administrators and what to expect after graduation.

SCEA – The Smart Certified Education Administrator course gives professionals the skills they need to evaluate technological requirements of their schools and districts. Valuable tools and other resources are provided for building a learning environment that is technology enabled.

The NSTA Learning Center – Education administrators can use this site any time to access science content for their schools.

Education Administrator Accreditation

Education Commission of the States – This is a state-by-state listing of all licensing requirements for various levels of education administrators.

Department of Education – This site allows users to search for an educational institution’s accreditation status.

ETS – To find accredited colleges and universities in a particular region of the United States, this is the best site to use.

Popular Education Administrator Twitter Accounts

UT Austin Higher Ed @ut_coe @utaustin – This account provides helpful information not only for UT Austin students but also other students in education administration programs.

John Castelhano @johncastelhano – Students and professionals can learn ways to make positive changes and move forward consistently.

TJ Houston @tjhouston – Education administrators can learn how to advance in technology from this experienced Director of Technology.

Don Ledingham @donjled – This is a great resource designed to inspire education administrators who want to improve their leadership skills.

David Truss @datruss – Followers can find everything from humor to helpful educational resources on this account.

Principal’s Page @principalspage – This is the Twitter account for the Principal’s Page blog. Followers can find inspirational quotes and helpful information for principals.

Arnie Bieber – @arniebieber – This account provides information about current challenges and changes education administrators face.

American Association of School Administrators @aasahq – This is the Twitter account for AASA, which provides information for building a better environment for staff and students.

University Council for Education Administration @ucea – This account shares information designed to help education administrators advance in preparation and practice.

It is also helpful for education administrators and students to search for resources and regulation information within their own states. Each state has its own professional associations, societies, blogs, conferences and various events designed to help people who are in this field or plan to enter it.

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10 Vintage Soviet School Propaganda Posters

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One of the ways in which the mighty Soviet Union maintained control was through extensive propaganda aimed at young children. Education was the cornerstone of Stalin’s efforts to create a new society. And the media that students were exposed to in the classroom promoted the communist system, obedience to the state, and the rejection of Western ways of life.

These efforts were undoubtedly a form of social control, and at the same time they depicted the utopia that the Soviet Union intended to create. The propaganda was designed to strengthen values like co-operation and respect for authority figures and to encourage the generation of workers being raised under communism to better themselves. There was also a strong emphasis on technological and scientific advancement that is interesting to note.

Here, then, are 10 fascinating Soviet education propaganda posters.

10. “My Student!” (1948)

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The “cult of personality” surrounding Stalin was part of the dictator’s plan to increase his hold on the Soviet Union. The history of the Communist Party was rewritten to make the Soviet leader appear central to everything that had taken place after the 1917 revolution. And propaganda depicted him as a god-like and benevolent figure.

This poster used the Soviet premier’s reputation to encourage school children to excel in their classes. It depicts a decorated pupil being praised by Stalin, who calls him “my student.” Since Stalin was portrayed as a role model for Soviet citizens, this was clearly meant to encourage children to do well at school.

Interestingly, the dictator’s cult of personality was so successful that Soviet citizens who met him in person were frequently mesmerized with awe. Stalin also showed himself to be a formidable negotiator when convincing ideological opponents like Britain and America to work with him during WWII.

9. Ministry of Education Poster (1980)

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This poster is interesting because, despite the fact that it was created around 1980, its color and style almost seem closer to that of older Russian popular artwork, or like the traditional, brightly painted Russian nesting dolls. The whimsical style also contrasts with the theme of the poster, which depicts the Soviet school as a futuristic place where students have access to high technology, such as classes taught with headphones and recordings.

Many Soviet propaganda pieces worshiped the future, with themes of a “new society” that would be created using technology and industrialization.

8. “Honor and Glory to a Soviet Teacher” (1951)

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This poster was first printed in 1951. During this time period, Soviet citizens were provided with free education, but the cost was a highly nationalistic curriculum designed to inspire devotion to the state.

It is significant that the teacher and central student in the picture are both women. Under the Soviet Union, gender equality was supposed to be practiced, and women were provided with an equal education. Moreover, during the 1940s and ‘50s, campaigns aimed at persuading women to take professional jobs in medicine were clearly having a big impact. By 1950, 75% of all Soviet doctors were female.

The propaganda aim of this poster seems to have been to persuade students to respect their teachers and regard them as trustworthy figures. This would, in turn, make them more likely to absorb the doctrine that was taught in classrooms.

7. “Drawing, Music and Singing Classes Will Raise Cultural Education of a Student! Without a Doubt” (1959)

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By 1959, attempts to culturally control Soviet schools were well underway. The subject matter of lessons was rigidly controlled and made to subscribe to Marxist-Leninist orthodoxies.

It is likely that attempts to encourage students to become involved with “cultural” subjects like drawing and music were intended to solidify the Soviet political ideology in children, for the arts themselves served the purpose of propaganda.

In this poster, the figures of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, painter and sculptor Ilya Yefimovich Repin and opera singer Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin behind the student’s head are applauding his efforts in the classroom.

6. “Wear it with Pride!” (1956)

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School uniforms are designed to enforce uniformity and equality amongst those who wear them. Many schools discontinued the practice of uniforms being worn after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as they were seen as unpleasant reminders of the restricted society of the old era.

The young boy’s outfit in the picture looks similar to a military uniform, which suggests that the purpose of the poster was to encourage students to see themselves as potential soldiers for the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, the slogan, “wear it with pride!” implies that students had a duty to the state to become educated.

By encouraging students to take pride in their schooling and do well academically, the state, presumably, meant to benefit by increasing the pool of educated people at its disposal.

5. “In USSR There Are Many New Schools, In USA Schools Are Getting Closed All the Time “ (1950s)

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This 1950s poster contrasts the supposed disrepair of American schools with the establishment of new Soviet schools. The caption reads, “In the USSR there are many, many new schools, in the USA – schools are being closed all the time.”

The moods of the two different sections of the picture show a complete contrast between the brightly lit, confident Soviet pupil and the slumped, dimly lit American. This conforms to the standard portrayal (in such pieces) of Soviet citizens as happy and optimistic about the future and the West as decadent and unable to provide for its citizens.

For obvious reasons, the Soviets produced large amounts of anti-US propaganda during the Cold War. This example complies with the common theme of Soviet propaganda, which tended to show its citizens as superior to their Western counterparts.

4. “Help the School!” (1923)

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This piece seems to have been intended to inspire students and citizens to rebuild Russia’s educational system. During WWI, illiteracy grew significantly and many children were unable to attend school.

In 1919, a new system of universal education was established, and a curriculum was adopted in 1923. It therefore makes sense that the Soviet government would have wanted to encourage adults to take part in rebuilding their radical new system.

In the poster, metal and wood shops are depicted on either side of the school. This may well have been tied to the Soviet veneration of productive manual workers – and a reminder that industry was just as important as education.

The poster’s drawing techniques are stylized and reflect the designs of popular Russian folk art, which could be because it was created at the beginning of the Soviet Union’s history, before the socialist realist art style had become established as state policy.

3. “Be An Excellent Student!” (1948)

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This post-WWII poster encouraged Soviet students to excel at school. It was created in 1948, a time when the Soviet educational system was still relatively inflexible and pupils were commonly held back a year in school. It would therefore have been especially important for children to make great efforts with their studies.

During this time period, the Soviet Union was embroiled in the Cold War and was still straining to recover from the economic devastation brought about by WWII. Repression in schools was also taking place, and Western methods of science and education were discredited, including entire fields like genetics.

Yet the Soviets recognized that education, particularly in subjects like engineering, was hugely important to their country’s national prestige. And it is likely that propaganda pieces like this one were aimed at improving their country’s situation by increasing the number of well-educated workers available.

2. “Glory to the Soviet Teacher!” (Unknown)

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This poster also uses the “glory to the Soviet teacher” slogan, much like the one seen in entry 8. The picture depicts the teacher and pupils as virtual cogs in the Soviet state machine, with the children’s studying, by extension, obviously intended to reflect the same idea.

Interestingly, an American study in the 1950s found that Soviet teachers were well educated and tended to have small class sizes, which made them effective educators. The same study revealed that the Soviet system placed far more emphasis on science and engineering than its American counterpart.

1. Child with Lenin (Unknown)

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Vladimir Lenin was the first leader of the Soviet Communist Party, the architect of the revolution, and the first head of state of the Soviet Socialist Republics. This early Bolshevist hero was one of the most revered people in the Soviet Union. Stalin gained much of his legitimacy as a dictator from claiming to have been Lenin’s heir and in his confidence.

It is therefore unsurprising that Lenin’s “cult of personality” endured following his death. The head of state’s body was mummified and placed on display in the Red Square, the city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad in his honor, and his likeness frequently appeared in statues and paintings.

As with Stalin, Lenin was held up as an exemplar of everything communism and the revolution stood for. Posters like this one held two purposes: to help instil the cult of personality in the minds of schoolchildren, and to encourage values which the state wished their students to hold – like obedience to the government and hard work at school.

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Education Degree Grants & Loans

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Pursuing a degree in the education arena can be a smart move for students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that positions in the education arena will continue to grow by at least 17 percent in the future. If you are worried about the cost of pursuing a college education, you should not let this thought deter you from pursuing an education degree. There are plenty of education degree grants and loans that can make financing an education entirely possible for you.

Apply with the FAFSA

First, students should take the time to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA has been amended to only include three pages of information that a student must fill out. In the past, the FAFSA was an incredibly complicated document, and it would often take students hours to fill it out. When you fill out the FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for PELL grants and other government-funded programs. The government will consider whether you have the ability to finance your education in order to determine how much money you can receive in the form of grants from the government.

Pell Grants

If you submit the FAFSA, you may find out that you qualify for a Pell grant. A Pell grant is administered to a student based on his or her family income and socioeconomic considerations. The only catch with obtaining a Pell grant is that you must submit the financial information of your parents in order to be eligible for one of these grants. If you do receive a Pell grant, then you may be able to receive at least $5,500 toward the completion of your degree program.

TEACH Grants

If you are a member of a low-income community, then you should apply for a TEACH grant. Every year, students can receive up to $4,000 from the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education program. The award can be renewed for every year that a student attends college. Students can also fund two years of post-graduate education with a TEACH grant.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

If you choose to teach in an impoverished school district, then you may be able to receive forgiveness of your loans. There are various state and federal programs that offer forgiveness of student loans for qualifying students. You may also have to commit to teaching in a certain school district for a certain number of years before you can be admitted into one of these loan forgiveness programs. The major benefit is that all of your loans will be forgiven upon the completion of the program.

Stafford Loans

You may be able to qualify for a subsidized loan from the government. The major benefit in taking out a subsidized loan is that interest will not be charged on the balance of your loans. You will be able to enjoy a certain time period in which interest will not accrue on your loans. It is important for you to submit the FAFSA if you want to be qualified for this type of loan.

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Education Degree Scholarships

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Education Degree Scholarships

If you are pursuing a degree in education, you may be worried about the cost of college. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for you to pay off your tuition before you even enter your college years. Here are some of the scholarship opportunities that are available for college students who are pursuing careers in education.

State Scholarships

You should first look to see whether your state administers a scholarship program that is aimed at teachers. If your state administers a program, then you have a good chance in qualifying for a grant. You may be able to pay off your entire tuition if you obtain a state scholarship. In Illinois, the Golden Apple Scholar program is one of the top programs for providing students with scholarships. This award applies for students who aim to become teachers, and the award amount can vary. If you live in Kentucky, then you should look into the awards that are available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Every year, this entity awards thousands of dollars to deserving students who are pursuing a degree in education. The Pacific Teacher Scholarship Fund is another example of a statewide fund that is aimed primarily at students who are pursuing a degree in education. You can receive an award between $750 and $1,000 if you decide to apply for a scholarship from this fund.

Minority Scholarships

If you are the member of a minority community, then there are plenty of scholarship programs available for you. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is one of the most famous minority scholarship programs. It provides 25 high school students with a scholarship of over $22,000 so that they can pursue a degree in the field of education. The Siemens Foundation Teacher Scholarship is another famous scholarship program that is aimed at minority groups. Students can receive full scholarships from this program. The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund provides at least $4,000 to minority students who are majoring in education and apply for a scholarship from this fund.

Corporation Scholarships

Seeking a scholarship from a major corporation can also be a smart move for the student who is pursuing an education degree. Every year, the Coca-Cola Foundation awards thousands of dollars to students who are pursuing a degree in teaching. The Straightforward Media teacher scholarship is also administered every three months and provides students with significant scholarship funds that may be used toward the completion of education programs and teaching certificate programs.

Fellowships

If you already have your teaching degree, then you may want to pursue additional education in order to thrive in your field. The Horace Mann Abraham Lincoln Fellowship will provide teachers with the opportunity to study the life and works of Abraham Lincoln for an entire year. The “Teacher as Researcher” grant is another popular program that provides teachers with grants between $1,000 to $5,000. Teachers will be able to use this money in their efforts to improve the literacy rates within their classrooms.

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Education Employment Outlook

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Early Childhood Education

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the demand for early childhood education teachers will grow by about 17 percent in the next ten years. There will be an increase in the number of students who enroll in early childhood education. Teachers should look to their specific region to see whether growth is expected too. Parents of young children will be able to benefit from a decline in the student-teacher ratio in the next ten years. There will be smaller classroom sizes for students who are in their early education years. Teachers will be able to provide more attention for young children between the ages of two and five. They will also be able to focus more on their academic needs.

Elementary Education

The demand for elementary education teachers is also expected to grow by 17 percent in the next ten years. While there may be a slight growth in the demand for teachers in the area of elementary education, state budgets will affect whether additional teachers can be hired in the public school system. Teachers will be able to have smaller classroom sizes. They will also be able to focus more on the specialized needs of each individual student in the classroom. More students in southern and western states are expected to enroll in classes. The Northeast is actually expected to have a decline in the number of students who enroll in school. The Midwest is expected to stay constant in the number of students who are enrolled in school.

High School Education

From 2010 to 2020, there will not be a dramatic increase in the demand for high school teachers. The BLS reports that the demand for high school teachers is expected to grow only by seven percent. There will be a decline in the student-teacher ratio in high schools too. Teachers will be responsible for teaching fewer students in the classroom.

Post-secondary Education

There is an expected demand for post-secondary teachers in 2010 to 2020. The BLS reports that the demand for post-secondary educators will increase by about 17 percent. There will be more students attending private colleges and public universities in the next ten years. Students now require additional expertise to enter into competitive fields. There will be an increased demand for professors who are able to educate these young professionals. While there will be an increased demand for qualified professors, whether colleges can hire these professionals will depend on state budgets. If a state government has a deficit in its budget, then it will be unlikely that public colleges are able to hire additional professors. In fact, professors may have to be laid off if they work for public colleges and universities. More professors will be seeking tenure-track positions in the next ten years. As a result, there will be an increased demand for qualified professionals who can serve as adjunct professors in colleges. Qualified professors will be needed in healthcare educational programs in the next ten years.

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Top Careers in Education

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Elementary School Teachers

Elementary school teachers are essential in helping children in the processes of learning how to do math and read. An elementary school teacher plays an important role in the education of a child, because he or she is at critical stage in education. The skills that a child learns during the kindergarten and first-grade years will stay with that child for the rest of his or her life. It is important for a teacher at this level to understand effective methodologies for teaching children in the ages of two to ten. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the starting salary for an elementary school teacher is about $51,000 a year.

High School Teachers

According to the BLS, the starting salary for high school teachers is about $53,000 a year. There is only expected to be a seven percent growth in the demand for high school teachers in the future. High school teachers have the task of planning daily lessons and instructing teenagers between the ages of fourteen to eighteen. A high school teacher may face a lot of pressure to prepare students for their college years. He or she may also assist high school students with their college applications. In the private school arena, high school teachers often fulfill the role of a college counselor too.

School Principals

The BLS reports that elementary, middle school and high school principals make about $86,000 a year. A principal has the duty of identifying the goals of a school and ensuring that a school meets those goals. He or she also oversees the daily functions of the school. A principal also has the task of motivating teachers and helping them set standards for students. A principal may also have to meet with parents or students on a daily basis. Principals may need to also teach classes in the school, depending on whether the school has a shortage of teachers due to budget cuts.

Professors

A professor can make anywhere from $60,000 to $120,000 a year. Professors who make six-figure salaries tend to teach in specialized departments, such as law, medicine or engineering. A professor is responsible for instructing students as they pursue their college degrees. A professor has the responsibility of also conducting research outside of his or her teaching hours. Professors often face the pressure to become published in a series of journals or newspapers during their tenures. A professor may also have an active role in clinics that are hosted by a school.

College Administrators

College administrators make an average salary of about $82,000 a year. A college administrator is responsible for overseeing that a college meets its budget on a monthly and yearly basis. In addition, a college administrator has the task of recruiting new faculty members and encouraging the research departments of the university. A college administrator may also focus on a specific department of the college, such as the alumni center.

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Types of Education Degrees

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Whether you want to be a principal, college administrator, teacher or tutor, there are a variety of degrees available that can suit your career plans. If you want to teach in a public school, then you will need to obtain a state license and pass a competency test. You will also need to complete certain educational courses in order to become a teacher. Here are some of the most common types of education degrees.

Early Childhood Education Degrees

Teachers who choose this specialty will teach children between the ages of two and five. States do not require that teachers have a college degree with a specialty in early childhood education. It is recommended that teachers pursue this specialty in order to learn teaching methods that are catered to this age group. Some states now suggest that teachers pursue this type of degree, but there is still no legal requirement that teachers have this type of degree.

Educational Leadership Degrees

People who choose to pursue an educational leadership degree frequently have a desire to eventually become a principal of an elementary school, middle school or high school. They may also wish to become part of the administration for a college. They may also want to become the president of a college. If one plans on becoming a president at the university level, then obtaining this type of degree is essential. This type of program focuses on teaching effective leadership skills. One will learn how to communicate with parents, teachers and students. One will also learn how to manage the administrative tasks associated with running a high school or college.

Bachelors in Education

A bachelor’s degree in education will provide students with classes on classroom management and the psychology of students. You will also learn effective teaching methods when you take education courses in this degree program. A bachelor’s degree in education usually takes four or five years to complete. One can pursue a B.S. in Education and also obtain a specialty in a science field such as biology, physics or chemistry. A student may also decide to double major in a field that interests him or her. For example, a student may know that he or she ultimately wants to teach Spanish classes in a high school and may decide to pursue a minor or major in Spanish.

Masters in Education

A Master’s degree is usually a two-year program. In a Master’s program, a student will learn innovative teaching methods for the classroom. He or she may also learn new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. A Master’s program helps teachers advance their teaching careers. Upon obtaining this type of degree, a teacher may be promoted to teach a new course in a high school. A teacher may also be promoted to an administrative position if he or she has this type of degree. A school will usually pay for a teacher to obtain this type of advanced degree in his or her career.

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