Michael’s Blog


I have been thinking about this topic for a long time, and I believe that today being International Women’s Day is the perfect day to write on this topic. The most important knowledge I have gained in my life has come from women. My leadership qualities in terms of Camp Allen were shaped by my mother Mary, who in my opinion is one of the most important and underrated figures in the field of disability and non profits in New Hampshire....

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A letter from Dr. Plotnik


Posted By on Feb 28, 2017

March, 2017 Hello campers, families and friends of Camp Allen! We are looking forward to another successful, fun and healthy summer at Camp. For summer 2017 we have made many changes to our health system, that include a new health center, additional nursing staff, and new medication protocols. This will ensure that our goal is met (for safety and sustained health) and that your loved one has the best time ever! Let me introduce...

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My posts tend to be personal in nature and this is certainly one of those. Its purpose is not to offend anyone, and is purely my thoughts and opinions. If you have ever been to Camp Allen, you know we have unique international staff that have made huge impacts on our camper’s lives every summer. The J1 visa program that our staff come through via agencies like Camp Leaders or Camp America is billed as a cultural exchange between...

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Exceptional Empathy

Exceptional Empathy


Posted By on Nov 30, 2016

In our lives we have numerous “light bulbs” that go off in various moments. For us at Camp Allen that light bulb moment is when staff finally “get it.” For as long as I have been at Camp Allen the term “getting it” has been used as a term to describe the moment when staff realize that what they are doing here is not simply a job, but something far more important. “Getting it” has never really been properly defined, to most who have...

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Hello everyone! I have not done a blogpost in awhile and today I am hoping to start off by doing one a week until September. I am applying for an opportunity that I think will help me professionally and help Camp Allen at the same time. One of the questions asked was about what “my vision was for my leadership in the field of disability.” Today I am going to write about part of my answer to that question. Inclusion is a word that we...

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Letter to the 2015 Staff

Letter to the 2015 Staff


Posted By on Aug 25, 2015

Every year we have each staff member write a letter to the group talking about their experience at Camp Allen.  This is my letter I wrote to our wonderful group this year.  I cannot thank them enough for all the work they put in.  I know that our campers were safe, and had the best time of their lives.  I hope to see as many as possible next year!   Dear Camp Allen 2015 Staff, One of the first things I told you was that you will...

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