Hollow Silk Balls

Unknown Dipteran with Air Balloon

Some species of balloon flies attract potential mates by presenting them with a little silk ball. Forget that a healthy camp experience has nothing to do with mating … and hopefully little to do with flies and other insects. My point is that receiving a package is fun on all branches of the phylogenetic tree. Never mind that the male balloon fly’s little silk ball is empty. It’s enough to grab the, um, attention of female balloon flies. And that’s … Continue reading

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Are You Gonna Eat That?

Healthy eating attitudes start at a young age.
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Said one way, the question, “Are you gonna eat that?” is an informal query among friends that is the chummy equivalent of “Can I finish that?” You might hear it at a diner among best friends. Although you’d never lean over and pose the question to the queen at a state dinner, the question is benign in a casual context. Said a different way, more like: “Are you gonna eat that?” the question is a common example of disordered eating … Continue reading

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Growing Your Gratitude

"When you change the things you look at, the things you look at change."
Dr. Wayne Dyer
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Each year at this time, thankfulness becomes a buzzword. It tends to go hand-in-hand with the foundational message of the holidays, which is to acknowledge all the good of your life. But there are times, people and situations we each face where there isn’t a thing in the world to be thankful for. Maybe you’re reminding an employee yet again to come to work on time, or your annoying neighbor has his music blaring. Perhaps someone refuses to participate in … Continue reading

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Do Your Feedback Gathering Methods Measure Up?

Survey says?
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Gathering honest opinions, insight, commentary and suggestions on completed camp sessions is an integral part of moving your camp program forward. Feedback gathering, in all its forms, is the first step in gauging the success of your programs straight from those people who have invested the most. While you may revisit feedback forms for content every few years, do you grant the same scrutiny to your methods? That is, are your methods the most effective for the type of feedback … Continue reading

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Bullying Redux

Camping professionals have been taking a systematic, proactive role in preventing bullying since the 1929. 
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Bullying receives a lot of press, especially schools adopt anti-bullying programs and states pass anti-bullying laws. Witnessing school shootings that were, in part, retaliation for relentless bullying may have increased our empathy toward both bullies and their targets, as well as our motivation to change. But tragic events, additions to curricula, and press coverage have all made it seem as if bullying is new. It might surprise you to learn that camping professionals have been taking a systematic, proactive role … Continue reading

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