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consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste



a place for the stationing of troops outside inhabited communities (usually in a sparse forest or grove), which is specially equipped depending on the mission to be performed.

Camps have been known since ancient times. A distinction was made between campaign and permanent camps. The latter were protected by a moat and a wall and were reinforced with palisades or stones and several rows of carts; some camps were surrounded by a thick wall with a moat flanked by towers. In combat, fortified camps served as combat positions for the army and places for storing food and ammunition. The art of setting up camps reached a high point of development in ancient Rome. Later other peoples began applying the Roman art of setting up camps.

In Russia rules of setting up and fortifying army camps were expounded for the first time between 1607 and 1621 in the Regulations on Army, Gunnery, and Other Affairs. Training camps appeared in Russia in the 17th century. Peter I was the first to decree that troops should spend some time in training camps. In the 17th and 18th centuries, when linear tactics predominated, troops were deployed in a camp in a linear combat order. Until the middle of the 19th century the choosing of a site and the setting up of camps was a separate branch of the art of warfare, called castrametation. In the second half of the 19th century the development of artillery and other means of destruction made it necessary to disperse the troops in combat, and camps lost their importance as fortified stations of troops.

The Soviet armed forces and armies of other states have training camps and training centers, which have a role to play in the combat training of troops under field conditions. For the training of troops camps are equipped with training fields, target ranges, firing grounds, and other facilities. When troops are stationed in camps and training centers, the special features of the routine garrison duty are determined by the corresponding regulations.


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Many of them take their kids out of campgrounds for the afternoon and when they bring them back, campers seem to be more relaxed and ready for the following week.
It appears that the amount of loss of camper weeks in some camps was offset by comparable increases in other camps.
Role-playing scenarios like this with campers can be very effective.
When campers and staff experience God, the natural response is prayer.
Campers and staff are coming to camp with more sexual experience--both personally and through exposure to increasingly graphic sexual material on television and the Internet--than ever before.
Does the camper have interests that are different than those of the parents?
The old camp mission statement, written forty, sixty, or eighty years ago may no longer resonate with today's campers and parents.
Assist you in deciding if you have space for a camper to register based on the bus availability.
They show the campers just how much was wasted at a meal, they dress up in funny costumes, they pop up in the middle of announcements to present amazing facts, etc.
Many camps look for innovative, fun, tasty ways to provide healthy choices and decision-making skills to their campers and staff.
When a camper is upset, he should be the focus of the counselor's attention.
Sorting--the e-mails are pre-sorted by bunk/cabin or camper name (or both), so you don't have to do it manually (e.