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Page 4A-The Second Opinion-June I0, 1981 by LOUISE PARKER perienced as a child. Extension Specialist, Remember how the teacher Family Resource , always assigned the highly Management original task of writing a University of N.H. paper on "How I Spent My Think back to all the "first Summer Vacation?" Then days of school" you ex- think back to what you wrote Summer campsSelecting the right spot for your child NORTHEAST HARDWOODS Interior Design and Decorating Studio and Workrooms GILBERTE BOGHOSIAN A,II Associate .) 1981 Hallmark Cards. ]r, Glittering git00 o 'jewe00 R r the graduate A well-deserved gift for the hard-working graduate! Jewelry from the Accents collection is simply beautiful, always elegant, the finishing touch to any fhshiOn, Priced from $5.00. in those papers. In many cases, summer camp was the highlight. Whether you told about learning to paddle a canoe, described your new "best friend" or reported on the bloodthirsty mosquitoes, your stint at camp was an important ingredient to a memorable summer. Why reminisce about summer camp now? Because if you're planning to send your children off to one in a few months, now's the time to make a camp choice. Selec- ting a summer camp these THE PEBFF00T GWT FOR GRADS /JIUD00" FRAGRANCES days can be much different from when Mom and Dad routinely signed you up for a stay at the local church or scout camp. Non-profit organizations like the YMCA, 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts still sponsor camps but a host of other private sponsors have joined their ranks. The most interesting 'phenomenon in the summer camp market may be the increasing number of special interest camps which have appeared in recent years. Kids can now concentrate on riding horses, playing tennis or losing their baby fat through a summer camp experience, just to name a few of the specializations offered. Other camps cater to a special clientele of children, those with physical handicaps or learning disabilities, for in- stance. Another relative newcomer is the travel camp. This is an alternative to the more familiar day camp which transports children from their homes to the site each morning and late af- ternoon or a resident camp where children spend anywhere from four to 56 days at a single camping site. You could say that travel camps provide a more "moving experience" as they specialize in tripping such as outdoor living by backpack, canoe and horses, or travel by bus, auto, van or bike. As a concerned parent and a consumer, you'll want to take the time to investigate available camp offerings in order to choose the one that's Bradford, Vt. Gove & Bancroft (802)222-5559 Under New Management Bradford Tlre &Auto Service Center Intrdduces. . . Dale Larabee As NewManager ' ,.... ootD000000At ": Out from. Pul ng away We Now Offer Professional, Quality Auto Service right for both your child and child's needs than others. You ployment role and situation is your budget. Among your considerations should be: Age and interests'of your child--Most camp advisors recommend that young children spend a couple of summers at a traditional camp before being placed in a more specialized camp set- ting. Some even suggest that parents wait until a child's teen years before choosing a special-interest camp. Look carefully at the nature of the program, its structure and the level of activity demanded, in evaluating its potential benefits for your child. Also, be sure your child has a genuine interest in the special activity offered. Resist the temptation to use a camp to cultivate a talent you think your child should have. Camp accreditation--The American Camping Association specifies stan- dards on which to judge the quality and safety of a camp. The ACA camp standards are/ comprehensive. They deal with the site, administration, personnel, program and specific activities, The ac- creditation process requires an on-site visit and approval by a camping professional and visitations are then made at least once every three years to ensure continued compliance with the ACA standards. You can check for the ACA ac- creditation when reviewing the literature of various camps. Fees--These can range from less than a $100 to thousands of dollars. Consider what you're getting for your money based on the length of the stay, activities offered and available staff. To get a first- hand view of the quality of lodging and surroundings, visit the site if you can. Also, check into the availability of camp scholarships. The director operating the camp--Don't be shy about contacting the camp director. This can be a real help in selecting the right camp for your child. Get an idea of the director's camp philosophy. Does he or she stress a competitive framework, an environment which em- phasizes life skills or perhaps the development of positive peer relationships? One philosophy is not necessarily "better" than another but some will be more consistent with your }Vles and your andAccessories. Codyea Tlr Batteries W  Brake Service Tune-ups M[IJ'w Transmission Service Mufflers . " "  Alignments Front End Parts -,v. / ; I' Rustprooflng and: erAumotlveServlees COMPUTER WHEEL BALANCER AND VALVE GRINDING MACHINE Performing these services are Dale Larabee and Wayne Paquette Come In And Meet Our New Professionals " At . ! Bradford Tfre & Auto I J))))))) Service Center l" ,, Route 5. Lowert 33Plaln  m -9 ,o. : I OPen Man. - Frl. 8- 5 and Sat. 8- 12 can also check to see if the director is certified by the ACA. The initials CCD (cer- tified camp director) in- dicates this seal of approval. Other camp staff--It's a good idea to find out about the number and quality of camp counselors, since these are the people that will develop the most personal relationships with your child. How old are the counselors? The ACA Standards ask that 80 per cent on the staff be more than 18 years old. Also, for how many campers is one counselor responsible? The younger the child, the lower the ratio of counselors to campers should be. The ACA suggests one counselor for every five children when the campers are six and under and a higher one to eight ratio for nine-to- 14-year-aids, for example. Also, ask about other staff members. What is the background and experience of people teaching special skills? Will a nurse or other trained medical personnel be located on the site? Another useful question to ask a director is how satisfying this am- to staff members. A staff return of at least 50 per cent is a desirable standard to look for. You don't have to be entirely on your own in the summer camp search. Several resources are available. Each year the New Hampshire Camp Directors' Association publishes a directory of summer camps in the state that describes sizes, facilities, programs and fees. You can obtain a copy by contacting Bruce Matthews, Extension Specialist in 4-H Camping, Mobiles House, Durham, N.H. 03824. The New England Camping Association also operates a parents' referral system for accredited camps which is available at no fee. It is located at 643 Moody Street, Waltham, Mass., phone (617) 899-2042. Finally, you can send for a copy of the 1981 Parents' Guide to Accredited Camps. The guides ar available in editions for tffe Northeast, Midwest and South. Order them from the Publications Service, ACA Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN 46151. Social Security and You Mqst disability claims will be reviewed by Robert W. Tomlinson Social Security District Manager Littleton, New Hampshire Do you receive monthly disability checks from social security? If so, you can expect to have your claim reviewed at least once every 3 years unless you have a severe condition considered per- manent. Until recently, disability claims were reexamined only in a limited number of cir- cumstances. For example, a review usually was made if a beneficiary reported a return to work or if he or she had a condition considered very likely to improve. To a large extent, social security relied on voluntary reports from beneficiaries about medical improvement or work activity. While a majority did report, some did not. Recent studies have shown that there are some people on the disability rolls who no longer meet all requirements for benefits. The Social Security Administration .has started a large-scale effort to make sure that only eligible in- dividuals continue to receive disability checks. This major initiative is consistent with the goal to improve the ad- ministration of the disability insurance program. The increased reviews also give SSA a headstart in complying with a provision of Public Law 96-265 that goes into effect in January 1982. That provision requires that all social security disability I cases be" examined at least once every 3 years except when the disability is per- manent. In part, the new law recognizes that many ad- vances in medical science and rehabilitation techniques have been made over the nearly quarter of a century that social security has paid disability checks. Many people who had little hope for III CLUB 111 Central St. --  W oodsville, N.H. . DANCING STARTS AT 8:30 P.M. COME EARLY- STAY LATE- have a fine entertaining evening! Thunder Valley Express" NORTH HAVERHILL, N. Tel. (603) 787-6223 or FOR SALE HAItDWOOD SLAGS Want to feel good We have now started to collect furniture, lamps, antiques, etc. for Club Scholarship Fall auction. We needl no longer need. Phone George Karner at 603-747-2761 pickup. Garden Wa Accomplish more in less time. Available in 3 versatile sizes. 'O Carries UP,iO the load OT wheelbarrij Full one YerT _ Deo Authorized Garden Way Cart MODEL 26 t59.  L MODEL 20 '119. s* MODEL 16 '85.  recovery from a serious ae- LADLES cident or illness in 1957, when disability payments were first made, would today have a better chance of returning to LEVI/EAN gainful work. Legislation over the past decade ( such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) has .also helped by reducing physical and attitudinal barriers and enabling more FANCY PROPS. disabled people to gain fuller participation in all aspects of community life. This year RUMBLE SEA00 during International Year of Disabled Persons, a sub- stantial public and private JOR--"D00 effort is underway to further this progress. In addition, 1980 changes in C NUL.-HEE-'' the social scurity law make it easier for disabled beneficiaries to test their DESPARADG ability to work by reducing the risk of losing benefits. For example, even though man- CALVIN KLEIN thly benefits may stop following a trial work period, those payments can be started BON again quickly if a person is still disabled and is forced by his or her condition to stop working within a year. Also MI Medicare protection can  continue for up to 3 years after ' a disabled person stops get- 7 '"0--, ting benefits due to work For Your Reservation Call Before 7.00 P.M. . ..... ..... vmre mmrmatmn aout these (603) 747 - 2505 Or 74 - zu4o and other improvements are il=i= available at any social __ _ security office. =- ' 111 BRADFORD, VT. 802-222-5289 'MUNCH i SUNDAY BRUNCH FRESH FRUIT COCKTAIL EGGS BENEDICT !] HOMEMADE PASTRIES SWEDISH MEATBALLS & OTHER DELIGHTFUL MORSALS Dinner i's served from 5:00- 9:00 PM Entrees start at $4.95 ENTERTAINMENT IN mE LOUNGE" Saturday, June 13 "RE-UNITED" withBob Hanley Page 4A-The Second Opinion-June I0, 1981 by LOUISE PARKER perienced as a child. Extension Specialist, Remember how the teacher Family Resource , always assigned the highly Management original task of writing a University of N.H. paper on "How I Spent My Think back to all the "first Summer Vacation?" Then days of school" you ex- think back to what you wrote Summer campsSelecting the right spot for your child NORTHEAST HARDWOODS Interior Design and Decorating Studio and Workrooms GILBERTE BOGHOSIAN A,II Associate .) 1981 Hallmark Cards. ]r, Glittering git00 o 'jewe00 R r the graduate A well-deserved gift for the hard-working graduate! Jewelry from the Accents collection is simply beautiful, always elegant, the finishing touch to any fhshiOn, Priced from $5.00. in those papers. In many cases, summer camp was the highlight. Whether you told about learning to paddle a canoe, described your new "best friend" or reported on the bloodthirsty mosquitoes, your stint at camp was an important ingredient to a memorable summer. Why reminisce about summer camp now? Because if you're planning to send your children off to one in a few months, now's the time to make a camp choice. Selec- ting a summer camp these THE PEBFF00T GWT FOR GRADS /JIUD00" FRAGRANCES days can be much different from when Mom and Dad routinely signed you up for a stay at the local church or scout camp. Non-profit organizations like the YMCA, 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts still sponsor camps but a host of other private sponsors have joined their ranks. The most interesting 'phenomenon in the summer camp market may be the increasing number of special interest camps which have appeared in recent years. Kids can now concentrate on riding horses, playing tennis or losing their baby fat through a summer camp experience, just to name a few of the specializations offered. Other camps cater to a special clientele of children, those with physical handicaps or learning disabilities, for in- stance. Another relative newcomer is the travel camp. This is an alternative to the more familiar day camp which transports children from their homes to the site each morning and late af- ternoon or a resident camp where children spend anywhere from four to 56 days at a single camping site. You could say that travel camps provide a more "moving experience" as they specialize in tripping such as outdoor living by backpack, canoe and horses, or travel by bus, auto, van or bike. As a concerned parent and a consumer, you'll want to take the time to investigate available camp offerings in order to choose the one that's Bradford, Vt. Gove & Bancroft (802)222-5559 Under New Management Bradford Tlre &Auto Service Center Intrdduces. . . Dale Larabee As NewManager ' ,.... ootD000000At ": Out from. Pul ng away We Now Offer Professional, Quality Auto Service right for both your child and child's needs than others. You ployment role and situation is your budget. Among your considerations should be: Age and interests'of your child--Most camp advisors recommend that young children spend a couple of summers at a traditional camp before being placed in a more specialized camp set- ting. Some even suggest that parents wait until a child's teen years before choosing a special-interest camp. Look carefully at the nature of the program, its structure and the level of activity demanded, in evaluating its potential benefits for your child. Also, be sure your child has a genuine interest in the special activity offered. Resist the temptation to use a camp to cultivate a talent you think your child should have. Camp accreditation--The American Camping Association specifies stan- dards on which to judge the quality and safety of a camp. The ACA camp standards are/ comprehensive. They deal with the site, administration, personnel, program and specific activities, The ac- creditation process requires an on-site visit and approval by a camping professional and visitations are then made at least once every three years to ensure continued compliance with the ACA standards. You can check for the ACA ac- creditation when reviewing the literature of various camps. Fees--These can range from less than a $100 to thousands of dollars. Consider what you're getting for your money based on the length of the stay, activities offered and available staff. To get a first- hand view of the quality of lodging and surroundings, visit the site if you can. Also, check into the availability of camp scholarships. The director operating the camp--Don't be shy about contacting the camp director. This can be a real help in selecting the right camp for your child. Get an idea of the director's camp philosophy. Does he or she stress a competitive framework, an environment which em- phasizes life skills or perhaps the development of positive peer relationships? One philosophy is not necessarily "better" than another but some will be more consistent with your }Vles and your andAccessories. Codyea Tlr Batteries W  Brake Service Tune-ups M[IJ'w Transmission Service Mufflers . " "  Alignments Front End Parts -,v. / ; I' Rustprooflng and: erAumotlveServlees COMPUTER WHEEL BALANCER AND VALVE GRINDING MACHINE Performing these services are Dale Larabee and Wayne Paquette Come In And Meet Our New Professionals " At . ! Bradford Tfre & Auto I J))))))) Service Center l" ,, Route 5. Lowert 33Plaln  m -9 ,o. : I OPen Man. - Frl. 8- 5 and Sat. 8- 12 can also check to see if the director is certified by the ACA. The initials CCD (cer- tified camp director) in- dicates this seal of approval. Other camp staff--It's a good idea to find out about the number and quality of camp counselors, since these are the people that will develop the most personal relationships with your child. How old are the counselors? The ACA Standards ask that 80 per cent on the staff be more than 18 years old. Also, for how many campers is one counselor responsible? The younger the child, the lower the ratio of counselors to campers should be. The ACA suggests one counselor for every five children when the campers are six and under and a higher one to eight ratio for nine-to- 14-year-aids, for example. Also, ask about other staff members. What is the background and experience of people teaching special skills? Will a nurse or other trained medical personnel be located on the site? Another useful question to ask a director is how satisfying this am- to staff members. A staff return of at least 50 per cent is a desirable standard to look for. You don't have to be entirely on your own in the summer camp search. Several resources are available. Each year the New Hampshire Camp Directors' Association publishes a directory of summer camps in the state that describes sizes, facilities, programs and fees. You can obtain a copy by contacting Bruce Matthews, Extension Specialist in 4-H Camping, Mobiles House, Durham, N.H. 03824. The New England Camping Association also operates a parents' referral system for accredited camps which is available at no fee. It is located at 643 Moody Street, Waltham, Mass., phone (617) 899-2042. Finally, you can send for a copy of the 1981 Parents' Guide to Accredited Camps. The guides ar available in editions for tffe Northeast, Midwest and South. Order them from the Publications Service, ACA Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN 46151. Social Security and You Mqst disability claims will be reviewed by Robert W. Tomlinson Social Security District Manager Littleton, New Hampshire Do you receive monthly disability checks from social security? If so, you can expect to have your claim reviewed at least once every 3 years unless you have a severe condition considered per- manent. Until recently, disability claims were reexamined only in a limited number of cir- cumstances. For example, a review usually was made if a beneficiary reported a return to work or if he or she had a condition considered very likely to improve. To a large extent, social security relied on voluntary reports from beneficiaries about medical improvement or work activity. While a majority did report, some did not. Recent studies have shown that there are some people on the disability rolls who no longer meet all requirements for benefits. The Social Security Administration .has started a large-scale effort to make sure that only eligible in- dividuals continue to receive disability checks. This major initiative is consistent with the goal to improve the ad- ministration of the disability insurance program. The increased reviews also give SSA a headstart in complying with a provision of Public Law 96-265 that goes into effect in January 1982. That provision requires that all social security disability I cases be" examined at least once every 3 years except when the disability is per- manent. In part, the new law recognizes that many ad- vances in medical science and rehabilitation techniques have been made over the nearly quarter of a century that social security has paid disability checks. Many people who had little hope for III CLUB 111 Central St. --  W oodsville, N.H. . DANCING STARTS AT 8:30 P.M. COME EARLY- STAY LATE- have a fine entertaining evening! Thunder Valley Express" NORTH HAVERHILL, N. Tel. (603) 787-6223 or FOR SALE HAItDWOOD SLAGS Want to feel good We have now started to collect furniture, lamps, antiques, etc. for Club Scholarship Fall auction. We needl no longer need. Phone George Karner at 603-747-2761 pickup. Garden Wa Accomplish more in less time. Available in 3 versatile sizes. 'O Carries UP,iO the load OT wheelbarrij Full one YerT _ Deo Authorized Garden Way Cart MODEL 26 t59.  L MODEL 20 '119. s* MODEL 16 '85.  recovery from a serious ae- LADLES cident or illness in 1957, when disability payments were first made, would today have a better chance of returning to LEVI/EAN gainful work. Legislation over the past decade ( such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) has .also helped by reducing physical and attitudinal barriers and enabling more FANCY PROPS. disabled people to gain fuller participation in all aspects of community life. This year RUMBLE SEA00 during International Year of Disabled Persons, a sub- stantial public and private JOR--"D00 effort is underway to further this progress. In addition, 1980 changes in C NUL.-HEE-'' the social scurity law make it easier for disabled beneficiaries to test their DESPARADG ability to work by reducing the risk of losing benefits. For example, even though man- CALVIN KLEIN thly benefits may stop following a trial work period, those payments can be started BON again quickly if a person is still disabled and is forced by his or her condition to stop working within a year. Also MI Medicare protection can  continue for up to 3 years after ' a disabled person stops get- 7 '"0--, ting benefits due to work For Your Reservation Call Before 7.00 P.M. . ..... ..... vmre mmrmatmn aout these (603) 747 - 2505 Or 74 - zu4o and other improvements are il=i= available at any social __ _ security office. =- ' 111 BRADFORD, VT. 802-222-5289 'MUNCH i SUNDAY BRUNCH FRESH FRUIT COCKTAIL EGGS BENEDICT !] HOMEMADE PASTRIES SWEDISH MEATBALLS & OTHER DELIGHTFUL MORSALS Dinner i's served from 5:00- 9:00 PM Entrees start at $4.95 ENTERTAINMENT IN mE LOUNGE" Saturday, June 13 "RE-UNITED" withBob Hanley