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LBWA — Launch The Fleet

Photo Courtesy Of Randy Gaddo

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Swim For Your Life


Just a couple of years ago, while working outside the aquatic industry, I received a phone call about a new volunteer coalition: The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County. “Something I should most assuredly participate in, with my background,” the caller urged. “A drowning-prevention coalition had been established, and great things were in the works!” Sure enough, at the meeting in October 2011, I joined a group of individuals hailing from area aquatic facilities and a number … Continue reading

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Where’s The Bully?

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / tammykayphoto

If you’ve spent any time watching TV, reading a newspaper or magazine, or talking to colleagues who work with kids, the topic of bullies has surely come up. Among the important issues to address:  How to recognize and respond to bullies in a program. How to eliminate the likelihood that bullying will occur in the first place. The answers might surprise you. To begin, the term “bully” refers to more than the stereotypical brute who pushes, punches, and relentlessly insults … Continue reading

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Do you fill your camp beds every year?

Some camps fill every year.  Does yours? 

This is a particularly important question to many of us at this time of year. We are checking the numbers. We are looking at retention compared to first-timers. We are sending out our last-minute pushes and promotions. We are, in fact, asking the question, “Will our camp fill”? If your answer is yes, then “good-on-ya” as my friends from Australia say. Keep up the good work. Filling camp is just the start. Keeping people safe, connected, and coming back is the key. If … Continue reading

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National Anthem Is 200 Years Old: Sing The Song as It Was Written!

Star-Spangled Banner

  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the momentous occasion when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that would eventually be put to music and become the fledgling United States of America’s National Anthem, better known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I have often waxed philosophically in this blog about how important music is to us all; how a song from years ago continues to delve up memories each time we hear it.  The Star-Spangled … Continue reading

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