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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Camper homesickness can be varied and unique, so you will need to delve deeper to understand a camper's specific struggles at camp.
The next step is to find a time when you can take the two or three campers on the "play-date." The activity itself should be something that can be easily arranged and is active or just a lot of fun, like baking cookies, roasting marshmallows at a campfire site (boys in particular love making fires), or going to the water park or swimming together (as long as they can be in a group by themselves with the counselor away from other campers).
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.
The camp promotes the quality of fortitude and encourages campers to be bold and try new activities and build new skills.
Some folks boast of waiting lists and high numbers of returning campers. Other directors talk worriedly about decreases in enrollment and less interested children going to camp.
The real power in our campers' ability to decrease bullying is helping them learn how to lighten up.
* Severe homesickness is preventable in first-year campers.
* For all camps, but particularly those that are co-ed, set clear limits regarding what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate physical contact between campers, between staff members, and of course, between staff and campers.
The camp, of course, will want to describe the camp experience in a way that attracts campers interested in what the camp has to offer and in numbers which are profitable.
The old camp mission statement, written forty, sixty, or eighty years ago may no longer resonate with today's campers and parents.
When it comes to transportation of campers, it is a bit like dealing with medical information--there is no room for error.
Montgomery is a former camper, counselor, and program coordinator--and has directed two camps and one environmental education center.
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.
It is important to focus on the camper's strengths, resources, and skills.
So you have finally set up a camper e-mail system for your camp parents, and they love it.