Episode 35 –
Is Summer Camp right for your child? Plus how to choose one with Renee Flax of the American Camp Association

Episode 35

“More than any other skill that a child picks up at camp is the idea of being confident. You want a child to come home and feel more confident about themselves then when they left and they have an ability to try things that maybe they’re not going to like or they thought they weren’t going to like.”

Thinking about summer camp for your child? There is a lot to consider and that is why on this episode of the Raiseology Podcast, I am speaking with Renee Flax of the American Camp Association.

Renee gives excellent advice on the role camp plays in our kids’ lives, how to choose the right camp, what questions to ask a camp director before sending your child to their camp, and more!

Nervous about the idea of camp? I totally get it. Contact Renee at (212) 391-5208 or by email at renee@acanynj.org.

You can also schedule a free 15 minute consultation with me here! Thank you for listening!

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Hey guys, I have a great episode for you guys today on the Raiseology podcast. I am your host, Dr Sharon Somekh and I have with me today Renee who is with the American Camp Association and she’s going to introduce yourself a little bit and tell us what she does and then we’re going to talk all about.


Renee: Thank you Sharon. So my name is Renee Flax and I’m the director of camp placement at the American Camp Association New York New Jersey section. And I have been here now for 21 years and my job is talking to parents and helping them find the right camp for their child.


Sharon: That’s awesome. As a mom of four, I can tell you that that can be quite a stressful and terror. And you know, I know that camp is largely a cultural thing and some neighborhoods, you know, everyone goes to camp and in some neighborhoods hardly anyone goes to camp. But I, you know, growing up I wasn’t really a camper. My parents were from overseas and we went to visit family every summer. So camp was something a little bit more foreign to me from my childhood. But where we live, everyone goes to camp from two years old, I think until they’re working at camp, everybody goes to camp. So my kids have grown up going to camp. Of course I worked through the summer, so it’s always been great for me that they go to camp. But why would you say children need camp today? What would you say the benefits for children for, um, to go to camp are? And why would you say it’s important even if they may not be from a neighborhood where everybody goes to camp.


Renee: Let me just say, you know it’s funny because years ago people went to camp for the entire summer. It was pretty much a one size fits all approach to camp and it’s not like that anymore. Even for communities or families that are not thinking about sending their children for the entire summer, there was so many camps that offer one, two week sessions. So even if this is not something that you’re comfortable, you children being away for the summer, there’s no reason to not looking to sending them away for a short period of time. And I do think that more than ever, this is really something that children desperately need. Um, I will often talk to parents and say to them, and everybody agrees when we were kids, you didn’t have playdates after school. You went outside, you played and people were in the street and you just, you just mingled, as a group of kids in the neighborhood, everything is so preplanned for kids today and play dates and afterschool programs.


The idea of kids just gravitating towards each other and finding their commonality amongst their own peers is something that has become very difficult for kids to do. Um, if you watch kids at a school bus stop, they’re not talking to each other. They’re on devices. Luckily devices are not even allowed at camps. So this is the one place I think more than any place else in a child’s life today where they can go and they can explore the outdoors and they can decide some of the activities they want to participate in. They can pick and choose who their friends are going to be without their parents getting involved, which I think is another big problem today. We tend to hover over our children. We become more and more afraid of the world around us. And so we keep our children closer and closer to us and to home.


Which doesn’t give them the possibility of exploring and just being kids and learning how to have their own conflict resolutions. Um, again, we tend to get involved in all of that and so kids can’t figure out for themselves what they should be doing. How they can communicate with each other and making their own decisions, making their own beds, put in their own clothes away. These are all very basic things that they’re going to learn at camp. Um, but it lasts kids through a lifetime. There are a lot of studies that have been done that don’t surprise me and I’m sure it won’t surprise you Sharon, that freshmen in college, um, the kids who have gone to camp fare much better than those who have never left home.


Sharon: Yeah. It doesn’t surprise me at all. Clarify because it’s important that the listeners know that when we say camp you are referring to sleep-away camp.


Renee: That piece of the conversation, yes. I was talking about sleep-away camp and certainly as you said, kids are starting camp when they’re two and three years old. Those would clearly be day camps starting. Most kids are starting overnight camp either going into third or fourth grade. Sometimes it’s a little bit older and in some cases like with your six year old, if there’s an older sibling that’s going and it’s something they really want to try and the parents are comfortable with the program, they’re letting kids go with that age as well. But for the most part you doing day camp for about four or five years and then going off to an overnight camp.


Sharon: Yes. So yeah, I’m, what Renee is talking about is our kids actually tried sleepaway camp for the first summer last summer. Um, I think I did an episode on separation anxiety earlier in the year. So you’ll go back and listen to that episode. You’ll know how my kids fare there, but, um, but my six year old, uh, she’s in first grade now and she told us actually a visiting day, that she would really like us to sign her up for sleepaway camp this summer. And I said to her, I said, you know, don’t you think you’re going to miss us if you’re a camp? And I’m pretty easy going about separation compared to many parents just because I feel comfortable where they’re going and I really make sure I research those things ahead of time. But her answer really surprised me. You know, she said, I can miss you and still have fun. You know?


Renee: Wow, that’s amazing because she’s 100% right and now a lot of kids don’t get that. I also have to tell you, that says a lot about your parenting skills because at times the anxiety that some of these kids are feeling is coming from their parents. Um, you know, so much of this depends on how you frame it for your child. That gets said in a tone of, oh my God, aren’t you going to miss me and I’m going to miss you so much and this is going to be so hard. We’ll clearly, you’re going to make a child become very anxious about this. And the answer does becomes, of course they’re going to miss you when you’re going to miss them as well. But it’s such an amazing experience for a child to have and there’s just a certain number of years that kids can do this or this is not something you can go back and do later on in life. So you want this window to pass without giving your child the best opportunity they could possibly have.


Sharon: Yeah. So I mean we talked about how um, technology is something they don’t allow a camp and I did find that to be a great benefit to camp. We talked a little bit about how they learn some skills that they really need to learn and they are able to be more independent and they gained some, uh, some new friends that they may not have made otherwise. Um, what are some of the other benefits of camp?


Renee: Well, I think resilience, which has become a very big word that people use in regard to kids going to camp. The idea that we’re not presenting this as this is going to be sunshine and roses for every day of your life at camp. You are going to have moments that you’re homesick. You are going to have moments where you’re best friends didn’t pick you to be their buddy or you may not like the person who’s sleeping next to you in the bunk. But you learn to adapt. You learn to, you know, after awhile that you have the wherewithal to take care of yourself and get through these situations and you can go to a counselor who will help you or you can go to somebody else in the bunk, but when you can resolve issues for yourself without going home and asking mommy and daddy to get involved for you, you develop a confidence in your own abilities, that I think is just paramount to the camp experience to me more than any other skill that a child picks up at camp is the idea of being confident.


You want a child to come home and feel more confident about themselves and when they left and they have an ability to try things that maybe they’re not going to like or they thought they weren’t going to like or they thought they could never achieve, but suddenly they spent time and effort doing something and all of a sudden they are able to do the ropes course or they are able to learn how to dive or water ski and their people there cheering you on. It’s an invaluable lesson that as I said before, I think these are things that today you really don’t get in a lot of other places other than camp.


But the idea of being untethered from your parents I think is huge. Untethered from the news, things that kids hear on television today and that is very scary for them. Um, and what they are able to see and hear and read about on the Internet. Um, the idea of social media and kids getting bullied and kids realizing they’ve been left out of certain things. These are all situations that most of us did not have to deal with growing up. Uh, the fact that all of this is not a part of your camp life is huge. It really becomes a bubble for kids and they loved it. So many children will say they wish they could spend the entire year at camp and get away from all the pressures that they feel.


Sharon: Yes, I have heard that even from my, um, my, my daughter who loved camping is like counting down the days to go back. She, we limit television in our home pretty significantly during the week. Um, she has specific amount of time she can watch on the weekends, but she’s a kid that really loves her television and I would think that that would make her a little anxious to go back to camp and she cannot wait to go back to camp. I think she likes that she has so much to do there that she doesn’t feel she needs her television.


Renee: And not even that she doesn’t need it, but that she doesn’t want it. That’s the interesting part. There were so many kinds of kids will say, what do you mean I can’t take my phone or I can’t take my computer. And then when they get to camp and they don’t have it, they realized they’re much happier without it. Yes, it becomes a crutch for kids and so many ways and they don’t even know how to put it down after a while and they’re watching the adults in their lives doing the same thing constantly on some form of a device. Um, just the freedom of not having it is, is it’s really a wonderful experience for a child. Counselors will say the same thing, they love the fact that they are not on their phones and they’re not on social media. I think it’s a good respite for everybody involved.


Sharon: Yeah, no, it’s great. Um, so I mean we, let’s say we, we know camp is great. Now we want to send our kids to camp. How do we know where to send them? There are so many choices. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and to not know which way to turn. Um, what do you recommend?


Renee: Well, it is why I had the job that I actually have Sharon because I know how overwhelming this is. And even if somebody does not call me for one-on-one advice, and I have to say this is an amazing service that we provide. It’s a free service to the public, um, that they can get as much time and attention as they need from me and multiple phone calls, emails, whatever works for them. But I would begin the process with the parents is I would just say to them, tell me, don’t, don’t talk to me about the names of camps, tell me about your family. Tell me about your child. It’s not just talk about 2019, let’s talk about what you want this all to look like for 2020, 2021, you don’t want to keep picking new camps every year. You want to find some place that hopefully works for your child’s career at camp.


And I think what it requires is for parents to drown out voices that they’ve heard and what people have told them about camps and think about it for themselves. What is it that they want this to be for their child? What is their ultimate goal for their children attending camp and then thinking about what, what teachers say about their child when they go to open school, cause I think it’s sometimes it’s hard to, when we’re picking camps for our kids were figuring out what we would like, but we’re not the camper. You need to really think about who your child is and what’s going to make them the most comfortable. If your child is very shy and quiet and he’s going to need a nurturing kind of a camp, then then that’s the direction you should go in. But first thinking again about who you are as a family, what you want this to be for your child.


And once you can articulate that, it becomes a lot easier to tell which camps are going to fit into your wheelhouse, um, and you would hopefully want to find a camp that is accredited by the American Camp Association. I think it’s really important that I don’t think a lot of families understand that camps are not run the way schools are. If they’re not accredited by us, hopefully that the camp is at least in a state that has strict health guidelines, but not all states do. So you do, the safety of your child is the number one priority in all of this clearly. Thinking about activities, thinking about how many weeks your child should be away thinking about whether or not you want to camp to be coed or single sex, thinking about whether or not you want a religious component to the camp. That’s important to some families as well.


If there’s dietary restrictions, the wonderful thing about camp is that there are so many of them and you can really get pretty close to finding what it is that you want as long as you do your research properly and, and have a clear understanding of what you want. And once you’re at that point, hopefully you’ve limited it to a couple of camps. Um, I always recommend that you talk to a camp director. Know what the camps philosophy is. Know who the camp director is, they are the person that you are really assigning your parental rights to for that time at camp. If you don’t like them or you don’t have a good relationship with them, your child should be at that camp. And I think asking them questions, not so much about what is your tennis program, where your swim program, those things will all be fine most camps, um, but finding out how do they hire their staff, what do they consider to be a successful summer for a child that their camp?


I think the answer that you get from that question becomes very telling whether or not philosophically you and that camp director on the same page. If you don’t agree with what they’re telling you, then then there’s a good chance you’re not going to like the program that they’ve established or the staff that they hire or the other families that are there. So asking them questions, asking them what do they do. Not getting along, what did they do? If that staff person they thought was so great in the interview, all of the sudden you’re two weeks into camp and you realize this counselor is not going to make it. How do they handle those situations? Those are not easy situations for camp director, but they have them every summer and you want to know what they do in those situations and then talking to them again about who you are as a family, who your child is and being able to say, do you think that we’re a good fit for your camp? Camp directors are very honest with families. They don’t want a child coming to camp and not being happy. It’s not good for anybody. So you need to partner with them as honestly as you can. Don’t paint your child to be this perfect human being. They need to know who your child is, flaws and all. It will help them with bunk placement. It will help them know which counselors your child should have so the more you can do to advocate for your child, the better experience you’re child is going to have.


Sharon: Yeah, great. Would really have thought about that in terms of how to really figure out if the director is the right director and um, and it really is important. I mean I spent a week at my daughter’s camp last summer as a camp doctor and so I got to know the director’s pretty well, but she had already been there for two weeks before that time. You know,


Renee: And sometimes the sad reality that the only time you really get to know the camp director is when you’re in a situation that you need their help for whatever the reason. You’re this, this could be in summer five. You know your child has been really happy and all of a sudden you got a letter that you could tell something doesn’t seem right. You’re going to call into camp and going to meet to talk to them or somebody else. You know, whether it’s your child’s group leader, the head counselor or whoever it is. If you don’t get their cooperation in that moment, it’s extremely upsetting for a parent. You want to know ahead of time, you don’t want to find yourself in the moment of being in a critical situation and finding out like, Ooh, you’re not the person I thought you were or this is not the response that I was expecting.


The other thing that many families do is visit camps so a lot of parents that I’m talking to right now, we’re talking about camps for 2020. Then these are parents who clearly are taking this very seriously and are prepared to do their homework and we talk about after me having a conversation with them, the generally last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour if not more. And sometimes they almost give them like a homework assignment and I’ll say, I want you to call me back and a couple of days I really want you to think about these questions and then call me back and we can talk about camps and they will then go to the camps website, they will go through the camps materials. Um, they will talk to the camp director and hopefully limit it to a couple of camps that they will then go visit this summer or possibly have their child who we’re rookie day at the camp, um, to see if it’s a good match. And then the child will actually go to camp for the first time in 2020.


Sharon: Yeah, my daughter did it for a few weeks actually. Really Nice after camp ended, they had kids from, um, I think the first grade to fourth grade they do it.


Renee: They do a great job at that. And there are a couple of camps, not a lot that actually do that because you can only imagine how tired people who aren’t by the end of the summer. But the camp that your children go to is one of the camps that does in fact have a one week almost like a get your feet wet kind of a program in the summer. But there are other camps during the summer walk camp is in session. They do either a rookie day of rookie weekend. Um, you know, there, there are times that people will end up sending their children on multiples of these things, which I don’t think is a great thing to do. I think the time to do it as if you’ve narrowed it down and you think that this is your camp, then sending your child is, is a great opportunity. But doing multiples of these things I think is just confusing for a child.


I think the other thing is too that I do want to make sure to mention Sharon, is I also think parents need to be very clear with their children at the very beginning of this process. This is not the ultimate decision that the child should be making. You want the child to be part of the process. You want them engaged, you want them excited, you want their input. But the ultimate decision of where they go to camp, should be up to the parent. You’re not asking them what house to buy. You’re not asking them what neighborhood to move in, what job to take. You can’t expect the seven, eight, nine year old child to be able to make this decision because it is an important decision. Your child was going to be influenced at camp. They’re going to learn a lot of things. You want to be sure that it’s in the environment you want them to be at.


And so I think making it clear from the beginning, you know, this is where we’re all going to go. We’re all going to make this, we’re all going to pick the same camp. But at the end of the day, we as the parents will be the one’s deciding. Um, there are times that I will talk to parents who will say, you know, my child ended up picking the camp. It wasn’t what I wanted. I didn’t think it was the right thing, but I let them make a decision and I’m like, you let a seven or an eight year old child make this decision. I’m just not the appropriate choice.


Sharon: Yeah. I couldn’t agree more. I think that that’s true of most parenting issues. Haha.


Renee: The pandering, you know, it’s a yeah, exactly.


Sharon: Yeah. No, I mean in general, I think that we have a lot more life experience and um, our children should be the beneficiaries of that even though they don’t think it’s the right thing for them. Right.


Renee: And the messaging their going to get at camp and the things that you want your child to learn while they’re at and the kinds of, um, whether you’re parents parenting was interested in your child appreciating the outdoors or whatever it happens to be, that’s important to you. There’s no way a seven or an eight year old child is going to get depth of all of that. And there are times, it’s funny, there were camps are, for instance, have puppies. You know, there, there are people who will go on tours with their children and they’ll end up at a camp with the puppies and the child becomes adamant, no, I’m only going to this camp. They have fallen in love with the puppy.


And you’re saying, well how can I tell my child no. Well that conversation should have happened before you went to visit the camp. Right? Right. The child should have known that this was not their final decision to make. Uh, the other thing that I get asked about all the time, is it good to go with somebody, get your best friend from home or not? Um, I am of the strong belief if you can avoid it, it is better that you child not go with their best friends from home. I think the camp is a place where you can also reinvent yourself. When you get off that bus at camp, you are whoever you want to be. There is nobody there who knows you. They don’t know your crazy stories when you were three and four years old. You know, they don’t have anything to share about you except what you present yourself to be.


And there are so many times you will hear camp directors say that a parent will come up and visiting the and say, Oh, I know my child is so shy and has a hard time making friends. And they’re like, what are you talking about? Your child is the life of the party. Your child is the most popular child in the bunk. This is a child who may have decided, I’m tired of having that persona. I don’t want to be that person anymore. They can change at camp. But it’s hard to do that if you bring your friends from home and there also becomes the issue with your friend from home is not having a great time, but you are, you feel badly. Um, you feel badly picking somebody else in the bunk that you really want to pick as your buddy because you think you’re going to let them down. You have pressure that you’re worrying about somebody else at camp. And that’s not what this experience is all about. It should be a place for you to find your voice and independence.


Sharon: It’s a very interesting thought. I think that for parents, sometimes it feels more comfortable if they know that their child has a friend at camp, right?


Renee: It does, but again, I put that in that same category of pandering, you’re doing what comes easy, not what’s necessarily best. Yeah, and I think that that is something that parents really have to try to overcome in themselves. It is not, most decisions that we make for our children are not easy decisions. Letting them go on, untethering them from us, believing that they can be okay without us navigating every piece of this road for them. A lot of this does not come easy to parents, but I think that our job is to make our children is independent as possible and self-reliant and camp is an ideal place for that to happen. So don’t tie one hand behind their back in this whole process. If you’re going to camp with everybody that you know from home and from your town, it totally changes this experience compared to the child’s and going to camp and they’re doing this on their own.


And if nothing else, if they do feel that they have to be with their friends from home, at least ask the camp director to separate them and not have them in the same bunk. Put them in a position that they have to make new friends.


Sharon: Yeah. Now what do you do in a position? I mean, I can be honest and say, yeah, this daughter is in the position that she, she did not feel about camp the way her sister did and she not wanting to go back this summer. Right? Yeah. She loved camp. I mean, she loved the people. She met her, she said she did it, and I know from other people, she was happy when she was there, but she felt very, very homesick. And the problem we’re having is that she’s going into eighth grade. We live in a neighborhood where if you’re not away at camp, there is nothing for you to do. You want her to be in a social environment. But there is, I’m having a hard time figuring out what the right thing for her to do is because she doesn’t want to go anywhere all by herself and she can’t really go to camp with her friends because her personal friends just don’t go to camp, but they go away to visit family or they do other things and I’m at a loss really for what to do with her.


Renee: Well, I think an eighth grader now is old enough to be a part of this conversation. So this is not talking to the seven year old. I think that some of the responsibility and partnering with her, I think it’s fair then to say to her what you just said to me, staying home is not an option. You help me figure this out. Okay, we’re going to decide what together, what could be some appropriate things for you to do. But one of those options is not you’re staying home. So if you want to pick a specialty camp, if, if their interest that she has with, whether it’s gymnastics, music, art, she’s old enough now to be an elective camp, where she can pick and choose and make all her own choices of camp, which could be appealing to her.


Sharon: Let’s be clear, when I say it’s not an option, I don’t mean she has to go to sleepaway camp. She can choose a day camp. The problem that there are not that many options near us where there are actually kids that she will know and I’m okay with that because I know she’s a social kid and I know she’ll make good friends and I don’t have any of those hesitations and I’m trying to help her understand that and see that and I think she’ll be fine anywhere she goes but if wants to stay closer to home. I’m fine with that. But I want her to understand that she needs to have some social activities for the summer.


Renee: Is she generally a child who is resistant to new things?


Sharon: No, not really. I mean she, she just, I think that is a homebody in the sense that, you know, she told me when she was seven, she wants to go to college locally and I told her I would, but now I’m not so sure.


Renee: Is there any kind of an academic program she might like?


Sharon: No, she did. I definitely don’t think so. Haha.


Renee: No, well you know what, it’s not easy. An eighth grade girl is not easy.


Sharon: I would say I would recommend, I think we started her late in camp, which isn’t easy.


Renee: Yes your 3 year old will fare a lot better actually.


Sharon: Yeah. And I think that that’s one piece of advice I would give parents is younger, right? I mean, I’m not saying to start at the age of six, but to really start at that eight, nine year old age is better than waiting till eleven.


Renee: Well, Sharon, part of it is that those six, seven, eight year olds are adorable. Everybody fawns all over and that child crying because they’re homesick, going to get all the empathy in the world. A seventh grade girl crying because she’s home sick. Nobody’s finding that in pertaining. So they’re going to have a much harder time making the adjustment. But when your daughter was concerned, I do think at that age I would start putting some of this own on her. Like now what I need for you to come up with a couple of things and I will help you look into how we make it happen. But you’ve got to tell me what you would like to do over the summer. We’ve got to find something that you’re going to enjoy doing and you will find beneficial. Maybe it’s even some form of, of teen travel that could be on a limited basis.


Sharon: Do you ever speak to the kids?


Renee: Once in awhile, yes. I have to say it is probably been under 20 kids in all the years that I’m doing this. But there are kids who will turn around and say to your parents, you know, you’re talking about me, but you’ve never let me actually talk to this lady that you’re talking to. I love those conversations. It can often be very enlightening and funny how different the child is presenting themselves and what the parent has said about them.


Sharon: Yeah. Believe it or not, I get that too. I’ve had, I have had sessions, coaching sessions with four and five year olds, um, because they want to be a part of the conversation and they, and I think it’s great.


Renee: I do too. You know what? I applaud the child for wanting to have their voice and be heard. Yes.


Sharon: Yeah. And I actually think in a lot of ways those parents are more successful at making changes because their kids feel like they are part of the conversation.


Renee: Well, I agree with that totally. When you have a certain type of child or an older child, you need to have them engaged in the process because I think sometimes when I, again, I’d said to parents, when I’ve said to you before about giving them homework assignments, I will say to them, you know what? Go back, go tonight. Go ask your child what they would like to be doing at camp this summer. And they can call me the next day and said, oh my God, they bought up all these things that I never would’ve thought of. I had no idea this is what they were thinking about. So yeah, I think engaging the child, age appropriateness makes a big difference here. You know, the conversation you’d have with three or four year old is going to be very different than you’re about to have with your 14 year old daughter, but that there should be involvement because that’s when you’re going to get their buy-in. They don’t feel this is being done to them. They’re feeling that they were apart of the process that they had a voice in all of this, that what they said and what they want to do with camp matters to you.


Sharon: Yes. I couldn’t agree more. I think this has been super helpful. Um, how do parents get in touch with you? I know you said that the phone calls and the service is, um, at no cost to them, but what’s the best way for them to reach you.


Renee: So my phone number here is (212) 391-5208 or they can email me, it’s renee@acanynj.org.


Sharon: And I will definitely put all of that in the show notes. Now do you deal with parents all over the country, um, parent camps all over the country or is it limited to a specific geographic area?


Renee: Great Question Sharon. So, well the reason I even said to you at the beginning, this is the American Camp Association, New York/New Jersey. We are a national organization and we’ve got branches throughout the country. This, we represent New York and New Jersey, but I actually worked with camps anywhere from Pennsylvania up to Maine. So think of the eastern coastline and those are the camps that I work with. Both day camps, not for profit, religious camps, special needs camps and private camps. Obviously.


Sharon: Now if we have listeners, because we do get listeners sometimes from the west coast or from other places, would you be able to direct them to your


Renee: Yes, absolutely. I would be able to direct them.


Sharon: That’s lovely. Thank you so much for being here. Um, and I really appreciate your time and, um, and I’m looking forward to having my own conversation. And again, thank you.


Renee: Thank you, Sharon. Have a great day. Take care.


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Sharon is a general pediatrician, loving wife and mother to 4 daughters.

 After a decade of practicing general pediatrics and working with families, she realized there often wasn’t enough time while tending to children’s medical needs to help parents in the way that would be most helpful in shaping their children’s futures.

 The Raiseology Program was developed to teach parents how to raise their children with the love and authority necessary to promote resilience and responsibility.

Sharon’s experience with hundreds of families as well as her own help her meet you where you are on your parenting journey to help you make it what you want it to be.

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