Field Notes

As Gold Medal continues to grow, the company recently purchased a 42,000-square-foot building across the street from its current headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio; the new building will be used for manufacturing and storage space.

The “all-in-one” Advocate Lavatory System by Bradley Corp. has received the 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Bradley’s Advocate is the first lavatory unit designed to provide a sink, soap, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer all in one “touchless” unit. For more information, visit

Johnson Outdoors Gear, Inc., an outdoor recreation company, recently appointed Jeff Levis the company’s product manager for Eureka! backpacks. He will be responsible for driving the product development process from product concept, design and development, to final commercialization.

Nasco’s 2013 Physical Education & Team Sports catalog, featuring thousands of products selected especially for professionals in health, physical education, recreation, and dance; athletic directors; and coaches is available. The 236-page catalog features more than 520 new products. For a free copy, call (800) 558-9595; or order online at


Playground Guardian Releases Inspection App

Playground Guardian has released an iPad and Android playground inspection application to be used in conjunction with their “Cloud Based” Park Protector Playground Management software. This allows you to use a wireless device and inspect a playground in the field including taking photographs for digital inventory and identifying safety issues. For more information, call (800) 438-2780, or visit


Oil Boil Description Foiled

Dear Editor:

In the Nov/Dec. 2012 issue, there’s a cooking article called “Menu Makeover” with a number of recipes, including one for “Easy Doughnuts” (p. 30), which instructs the reader to “heat the oil to boiling.” The boiling point of most cooking oils is typically hundreds of degrees higher than the boiling point of water and is, in fact, almost synchronous with its flash point. This means if the reader follows the instructions, the oil is very likely to burst into flames. (The boiling point/smoke point/flash point of cooking oils ranges from 440 for corn oil to 510 for safflower oil.) Although this can be an excellent teaching moment, I don’t think this is what you intended the recipe be used for.

It might be better phrased to say that the cook should check the oil’s temperature with a small bit of dough to see when it reaches optimal cooking temperature. This is usually about 350 degrees. And of course the hot oil should never be unattended by an adult, even after being removed from the heat.

Sharon Soffer


Camp Rodef Shalom

Falls Church, Va.

Editor’s Note: Indeed, we did not intend to harm anyone with our instructions. Your suggestion is a good one—and a safer way to handle oil properly. Thanks for the note!


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Kelly Schiess @Kelly_Schiess @campbusiness It was a great read! I can’t wait to head back to camp this summer and put it into action!

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@campbusiness The article on building a Slip ‘n Slide was exactly what I was working on for 2013. That just made my job simpler! Thanks!

Skylake Yosemite @SkylakeYosemite @campbusiness Your magazine is a great new find for us this year as we always try to improve upon ourselves every year!


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