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be a happy camper

To be pleasant and in good spirits. I'm a happy camper now that I've been promoted and am no longer an intern! He's not going to be a happy camper when he finds out you ate his leftovers.
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happy camper

Someone who is happy or content. Often used in the negative to indicate someone who is particularly unhappy, irritable, or displeased. I just got a raise, so I'm a happy camper today. I could tell the crew members were not happy campers after having to work so late. She was not a happy camper when her work permit application was denied.
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(a) happy camper

a happy person. The boss came in this morning and found his hard disk trashed. He was not a happy camper.
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happy camper

A satisfied participant, a contented person, as in She loved the challenge of her new job; she was one happy camper. This expression is also often put in the negative, as in She hated the heat and humidity of the southern summer; she was not a happy camper. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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a happy camper

If you say that someone is a happy camper, you mean that they pleased about something. When Oisin scored that goal I was a happy camper again. Note: You can also say that someone is not a happy camper if they are angry, upset or not satisfied about something. I just wasn't a happy camper. I felt a piece of me was missing and I didn't know what it was.
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happy camper

n. a happy person. (Often in the negative.) I am not a happy camper. I am tired, hungry, and I need a shower.
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happy camper

An individual who is pleased with circumstances, a contented person. This expression dates from the second half of the 1900s and originally referred to a participant in a summer camp. It is often used negatively, as in business is off 40 percent during the week. We’re not happy campers.
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Once you have ascertained that a camper has persistent homesickness, do your best to find out from the camp director, program director, and/or fellow staff members as much as you can about the camper.
Not surprisingly, the best sales agents for the summer camp program are former campers, who return again and again, and bring their friends.
(Some scheduling issues will need to be sorted out with the unit director or head counselor so that the other campers are adequately covered while the one counselor is with the small group.) What is more challenging is managing the expectations of the shy or awkward camper.
It requires a constant exchange of information that moves upward from the campers to the board and downward from the board to the campers.
The camp promotes the quality of fortitude and encourages campers to be bold and try new activities and build new skills.
This year, we also collected data on how camps financially supported campers through scholarships, donations, etc.
The real power in our campers' ability to decrease bullying is helping them learn how to lighten up.
This is the stage that gives counselors and campers alike a sense of pride in their group.
Design ways to familiarize new campers with camp before their arrival.
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.
Further, well-informed campers and their families will be better prepared to deal with surprises, discomforts, and accidents and more likely to attempt an amicable resolution of disputes.
Revisit mission statements with an eye toward targeting the needs and interests of the campers and parents of today.
Technology can help and, in particular, management software can play a crucial role in organizing the details, increasing accuracy, saving time, and ultimately, providing better service to the families and campers.
So, you ask, how do you go from 120 fifth grade campers who don't eat their pizza crust to 120 thoughtful citizens?
This simple plan can be easily adopted and implemented in the camp arena with completion punch cards for campers to hang around their necks, and incentive prizes to those who complete the daily program.