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Temporary Extended Expiration Dates for All Lots of EpiPenĀ® 0.3 mg Auto-Injectors and its Authorized Generic

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To address continued shortages of EpiPen®, Pfizer and Mylan are coordinating with FDA to extend the expiration dates by four months of all lots of EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.3 mg Auto-Injectors and its authorized generic version currently on the market in the U.S. after a review of stability data. Patients should have confidence in using the products as Pfizer works to stabilize supply.

This announcement is based on a careful review of product stability data provided by Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer, that manufactures EpiPen® Auto-Injectors and the authorized generic versions.

The affected lots, which have current expiration dates between February 2019 and October 2020, are listed in a table on the following page with their new expiration dates and can be found on FDA’s website and EpiPen.com/EpiPenSupply. The extension of the expiration dates does not apply to EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors and its authorized generic version. Patients must continue to adhere to the manufacturer’s expiry date labeled on EpiPen Jr® 0.15 mg and Epinephrine Injection, USP Auto-Injectors 0.15 products.

EpiPen is a product that requires a highly complex and technical manufacturing and assembly process. Meridian continues to experience manufacturing challenges. These challenges are expected to result in tighter supplies and greater variability in pharmacy-level access over the coming weeks and will potentially continue through the summer months as seasonal demand increases.

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IMPACTED PRODUCT

  • Epinephrine Injection, USP Auto-Injectors 0.3 mg
    • NDC 49502-102-02 appears on the box
    • NDC 49502-102-01 appears on the individual device within the box
  • EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.3 mg Auto-Injectors
    • NDC 49502-500-02 appears on the box
    • NDC 49502-500-01 appears on the individual device within the box

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New England natives awarded Maine Summer Camps Halsey Gulick Award

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June 12, 2019 - Camp Walden | Denmark, Maine
Maine Summer Camps awards Halsey Gulick Award to Sue McMullan and Lisa Tripler

The Halsey Gulick Award was first presented in 1982 by the newly formed Main Youth Camping Association to recognize those people who have distinguished themselves by giving unselfishly of their time, energy, and resources to improve organized youth camping in Maine. Recipients are selected by their colleagues in camping for their record of public service to the camping movement in Maine.


Sue McMullan Left - Lisa Tripler RightSue McMullan's career has spanned over a half-century. Guiding and teaching and empowering girls and young women. Her first decade provided immediate evidence of a future camping professional of the highest caliber. Whether it was packing out trips, serving as a tent counselor, acting as a head of tennis, or head of program, this vibrant addition to Alford Lake Camp came to camp in 1970 and quickly became indispensable. 

Sue's commitment has also shared her legendary commitment to youth camping. From 1980-1982 she served on the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association, New England. She also served on the Board of Directors and as Education Committee Chair of Maine Summer Camps for many years. She was also a trustee at Waynflete School. 

Collaborator and leader, with boundless commitment to and care for, the camper whose lives she has impacted. She will spend her 50th summer at Alford Lake Camp this season.

Lisa Tripler has served on the Education, Marketing, and Membership Committee of Maine Summer Campers for years. She has provided length and steadfast service on the Board, served as Board Secretary, and was involved in numerous momentous organization decision, such as spinning off MSC and MYCA, and hiring an Executive Director. Lisa has owned Kamp Kohut for 27 years, a co-ed camp that melds the qualities of girls' and boys' camps that serves each camper with both enthusiasm and devotion. 

A labor of love, a passion since childhood, an enduring commitment. When Lisa Tripler and her husband Dan Rapaport bought Kamp Kohut almost three decades ago, it was a new adventure. Today, every day, the adventure continues.

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2019 Award Recipients Honored at New England Camp Conference

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Each year, the American Camp Association, New England awards multiple awards to well-deserving volunteers who make our community a better place. 2019 award recipients were honored at the New England Camp Conference March 28-30, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

To learn more about these awards or to nominate an individual for 2020, please contact Executive Director, Bette Bussel at bette@acanewengland.org.

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Camp in the News - April

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Hiring Camp Staff, Part II: The Challenge of the “Internship Climate” for College Students and the Camps Who Want to Hire Them >

By Kristine Millard  | Bangor Daily News

"As college students look ahead toward post-graduate careers, they face pressures from all sides. From a financial standpoint, many young adults have incurred student loans, making the importance of a secure job both during school and after graduation even more essential. In addition, college students often believe that a successful career demands a lock-step progression of experiences on the way to that first job. Accordingly, while young adults pursue their studies, they increasingly feel pressure to participate in a professional, often major-related, internship to help pave the way toward that just-right position after college is over."

By BJ Hollars | VolumeOne

"I know because I am there – an 8-year-old alongside all the others, trembling in my swimsuit as I await the whistle blow. Our counselors take their positions, strapping their lifeguard tubes across their chests like bandoliers. The wait feels interminable, our scrawny bodies a swirl of kinetic energy, which we attribute mostly to bug juice. All we want in the world is to enter that cool water, to feel the muck between our toes, the seaweed against our ankles, and the heart-racing terror of not knowing which fish will nibble who first."


Prepare Your Child (and Yourself) for Camp >

Salem Patch

"From Salem State University: Salem State University Professor Ann Marie Gallo, EdD, of Medford, professor of sports movement science, received the 2019 Joseph McKenney Award from the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). The award will be presented to Gallo during the 26th annual MAHPERD Award Banquet at the Double Tree Hotel in Milford on Sunday, May 5."

Daniel J Richmond | San Fransisco Chronicle

"In popular culture, summer camp is often portrayed as a place where pranks are played, romances unfold and underdogs triumph. Classic summer camp movies such as the 1979 film “Meatballs” or, more recently, the 2012 movie “Moonrise Kingdom,” are just a couple of examples. Movies aside, summer camp can be a meaningful experience that helps kids learn important life lessons and have fun along the way."


Teens learn much from camp counselor positions >

Lisa Prejean | Herald Mail Meda

"My teenage daughter has been helping with the basketball camp at our school, and I have enjoyed hearing about the experiences she has had working with elementary and junior high girls. She and her friends are gaining valuable experiences as they instruct, demonstrate and respond to the campers. Throughout our area this summer, teenage athletes will be investing in those who are coming behind them. This is a win-win situation, and I would encourage parents to seek these kinds of opportunities, both for the children who participate in camp and for the teens who help with the camps"

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Camp in the News - March

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Dear employers, please value 'camp counselor' on a resume >

By Molly Sprayregen  | Associated Press

"Whenever I send out a resume, I am skeptical about what the words “overnight camp counselor” might mean to the person reading it. What do people who have not gone to summer camp think my five summers as a counselor communicate about me? Do they find it silly I even included it? To me, it is one of the most significant pieces of my work history. It communicates that I am hard-working, adaptable, creative and independent. A problem solver who has had to deal with my fair share of stress. It says that having worked in a 24/7 environment, I can be “on” for extensive periods of time. That I am capable of managing my own needs and the needs of others, simultaneously. That I know how to be positive in the face of difficulty, and how to guide others through difficult situations. It says I can both lead and be a team player."


Choose a day camp that fits your child, not everybody else's >

By Lisa A. Flam  | Associated Press

"Kids spend hours having fun at day camp, their summer schedules brimming with swimming, boating and aiming for that bull's-eye. Through all the laughs and memory-making, though, they're also getting something else: a boost to their social development. "Because there is so much social interaction, you see an acceleration of kids' friendship skills, conflict resolution skills, empathy and other social skills," says Christopher Thurber , a clinical psychologist and longtime camp employee and leadership adviser."


The Best Medicine >

By Jennifer Van Allen  | Magazine of Maine

"After two harrowing years of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, any vestiges of normalcy had vanished from the everyday life of 7-year-old Brayden Norton-Henry and his mom, Brittney Hedetniemi. Chemotherapy had triggered a cascade of complications that included seizures, peripheral neuropathy, and systemic fungal infection and required months-long stays in the oncology unit, followed by marathon therapy sessions at outpatient clinics near their home in Florida."

By Adriana DiVecchia  | The Panther

"During my freshman year of college, I applied to work at a sleepaway camp in Maine somewhat impulsively. I went home to Virginia for winter break, and while I enjoyed getting to visit my family and friends, I found myself feeling bored toward the end of the two weeks. I quickly realized that I needed to find something to fill my time for the upcoming summer so I didn’t end up just sitting around and watching TV for two and a half months."


Sentinel & Enterprise

"As a result of Camp Middlesex's continued commitment to safety for our campers, Markel Insurance Company announced that 4-H Camp Middlesex has received the Safety First Award for our 2018 camping season. Markel Insurance Company is a nationwide summer camp insurer, and only a handful of camps in the nation win this award more than ten years in a row. Michael Swain, Senior Loss Control Specialist for Markel Specialty, stated, "Camps and clubs must meet stringent criteria to qualify for the Safety 1st designation."


By Meaghan O’Neil | Boston Globe

"The instinct to keep your offspring safe is totally natural, but when that impulse crosses the line into overprotective parenting, nobody wins. If adults remove too many obstacles from their children’s paths, experts say, kids can have difficulty learning to manage themselves. For many parents, summer camp — especially overnight camp — ranks high on the list of fear-inducing activities. But camp is a terrific, safe place for kids to try out new things. “Risk taking is what promotes growth, whether in business or in life,” says Bud Copeland, director of membership and engagement at the American Camp Association’s New England chapter."

By Meaghan O’Neil | Boston Globe

"If you thought summer camp was all about swimming and s’mores, you may be in for a surprise. Yes, having fun drives programming at most camps, but the underlying lessons are often about building interpersonal skills. Friendship is the very essence of summer camp.“As far as I’m concerned, it’s the most important work we can do — help each other communicate and be good people,” says Milisa Galazzi, former camp director and current adviser to the camp director at Brewster Day Camp on Cape Cod. “Friendship — making a friend or being a friend — is sort of shorthand for that.”

 

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Innovation Grant Opportunity

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"On the heels of their successful 2018 Project Innovation grant challenge that resulted in 4 local organizations receiving a total of $225,000 in grants, WBTS, WNEU and necn today announced their grant challenge will return in 2019."

A great opportunity for qualifying not-for-profit summer camps or organizations. Don't miss your opportunity to apply - applications are due by February 15, 2019. This year, the program will award $2.5 million in grants. Categories for consideration include 'Culture of Inclusion', 'Youth Education', 'Next Generation Storytellers', and 'Community Engagement'.

Click here to apply on NBC's website. 

ACA New England is not affiliated with NBC10 Boston or Project Innovation

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Camp in the News - February

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Why Summer Camp May be the Secret to a Longer Life >

By Audrey Monke  | Sunshine Parenting
"Successful lives are created first from social connection and positive relationships. They are lives that end – ideally – at old age, surrounded by the few people with whom we have gone through life’s ups and downs. They are lives that – when we are faced with the inevitable depression, anxiety, and mental health issues that plague us all during different seasons and for different circumstances (both biological and circumstantial) – we have at least a few people who will know us well, support us, and help us get the intervention we need to heal – even if they have to knock down our door to do it."

Planning for Your Kid's First Summer Sleepaway Camp >

By Lisa Jhung  | Backpacker
"I was a camp kid. At the end of my sixth grade year, I spent a month away at Gold Arrow Camp in the Sierras. I did a lot of things I’d never done before in my ball sports-oriented family. At camp, I rock climbed, canoed, and made homemade ice cream with rock salt. I got my sailing certification and sailed a little Sunfish by myself across a big lake, and learned how to shoot a bow and arrow. I learned camp songs (“Peanuuuut, peanut butter, jelly”), and made friends from all over. I got out of my comfort zone and learned how to be independent from my family. It was an awesome experience."

First Camp, Then the World >

By Jess Michaels  | New York Family
"Looking for a way to give your child an edge in life to succeed in the future? Would you believe it’s as easy as signing your child up for camp? Summer camp offers children the opportunity to gain the important skills they need to become successful adults in the 21st Century. “The world has changed since we were kids. Our children are growing up in a world that is rapidly changing with the increased use of automation and artificial intelligence which raises questions about what the jobs of the future will be,” says Scott Brody, Owner and Director of Camps Kenwood for boys and Camp Evergreen for girls, brother/sister camps in New Hampshire. “It’s our job to robot proof our kids so that whatever the jobs of the future look like, we have given them a set of skills that enable them to adapt.”


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Camp in the News - January

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Wayland family marks 50 years of owning Maine’s Camp Caribou >

By Henry Schwan  | Wicked Local
"Bill Lerman calls his wife, Martha, “the franchise.”

The words are stitched in red letters on a black fleece vest Martha wore during a recent interview inside her Wayland home. Stitched above those words is a small reindeer head -- the logo of Camp Caribou, the all-boys summer camp in Winslow, Maine, that the Lerman family has owned for 50 years. It’s been quite a run for the Lermans in Winslow, a community of about 7,500 along the Kennebec River, near Waterville. The camp sits on a 200-acre peninsula in town."


The Best of Summer Camps in the United States & the Importance of an ACA Accreditation >

By Newsweek Educational Insight  | Newsweek
"When parents are looking for the right camp for their child, they have a lot of questions. How do I find the right camp? Is my child old enough for overnight camp? How do I know the staff is qualified? The most important question to ask when looking for a camp: Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association® (ACA)? “ACA accreditation provides parents and the public with evidence that camps have voluntarily met health and safety standards through a peer review,” explains Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association."

Spreading the Benefits of a Camp Experience: Reaching Campers with Special Needs >

By Kristine Millard | Bangor Daily News
"Camp experiences offer participants the chance to develop new skills, foster relationships, and grow confidence and independence. Campers living with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges stand to gain those same benefits from camp. And while some Maine camps are not equipped to serve campers who face such challenges, others camps are. The experience can be transformative."

Reading Camp Burbank gets accreditation >

By ACA New England | Wicked Local
"The American Camp Association in New England announced the accreditation of Camp Burbank in Reading. ACA accreditation is a mark of distinction from the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States. ACA accredited camps meet up to 300 standards for health, food service, safety and program quality."

How to Give Adolescent Girls Voice, Choice, and Control >

By  Miriam Temin, Sajeda Amin, Thoai D. Ngo, & Stephanie Psaki | Innovation Review
"The majority of adolescent girls—girls aged 10 to 19—live in low- and middle-income countries, and are well poised to build the capabilities they need to fulfill their potential, and to contribute to the health and well-being of their families and communities. Empowering them represents an unprecedented opportunity for progress: When we keep adolescent girls healthy, safe, and in school, and give them skills and a say in their own lives, they have a path to healthy, productive adulthood."

Heart of Hospice: Tripp Lake Camp >

By n/a | Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice
"Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice recently presented Tripp Lake Camp with its Heart of Hospice Award.  Each year Androscoggin Hospice staff and volunteers nominate and recognize a community member who has gone above and beyond for hospice patients and their families.  Leslie Konigsberg Levy and Nancy McCann were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Tripp Lake Camp."

Charles River YMCA at Camp Hale receives accredited camp status >

By ACA New England | Wicked Local
"The American Camp Association of New England recently announced the accreditation of Charles River YMCA at Camp Hale. ACA is the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States. ACA accredited camps meet up to 300 standards for health, food service, safety and program quality."

Camps’ Top Priority: Keeping Kids Physically and Emotionally Safe >

By Kristine Millard | Bangor Daily News
"Kirstie Truluck, director of girls’ Camp Wavus in Jefferson, says her best counselors demonstrate precisely what camps need: “how to model healthy boundaries while maintaining a connection” to their campers. Both elements are essential, she says, because they are in the best interests of staff and kids alike. “It’s subtle and simple advice. The kid should be setting the tone,” she says."

Altenburg named director of Camp Timanous >

By n/a | Press Herald
"Garth Altenburg was hired as director of Camp Timanous, a summer camp for boys in Raymond that was recently purchased by The Timanous Foundation. Altenburg brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator and camp professional to Timanous. He currently serves on the boards of Maine Summer Camps and the American Camp Association, New England chapter."

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