Category Archives: CB Top Stories

Avoiding Allergic Reactions

Photos Courtesy of Camp Wingate*Kirkland

Do you have a food allergy? Statistically, one out of 12 children has a life-threatening food allergy. In a camp with 500 campers, 41children will potentially have dietary needs that demand changes to daily menus. Are you prepared?  Once upon a time, epinephrine pens were used only to combat bee stings. Now, camp chefs and dining-hall staffs have to contend with food allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, pine nuts, gluten, dairy, eggs, fruit, soy, fish, red dye, and others so … Continue reading

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Highs And Lows

Photos Courtesy of Camp Ho Mita Koda

If you were to visit Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio, during staff training, you would probably observe a fairly typical camp:  plenty of procedures, protocols, and program training. Hearing leaders talking about highs and lows, you might think they were discussing the many moods of teenagers.  However, as the oldest continuous camp in the nation for children with diabetes, the Camp Ho Mita Koda staff has the added responsibility of caring for kids with a life-threatening disease. The … Continue reading

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Regrouping For Youth

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Freshen up your day camp or after-school program with these new ideas:  Lego Battles Legos are making a huge comeback with themes such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, and even dolls like Belville. Investing in Lego sets and tables is hardly minor movet–and one that’s not in the budget–so get the kids involved. Ask each child to bring his or her Lego sets to create … Continue reading

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Equine Intelligence

Photos Courtesy of Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)

Since horseback-riding programs carry a few inherent risks, these activities should be managed by staff members who have demonstrated and documented experience teaching horseback-riding or managing horses. Unlike with most camp activities, horses have a mind of their own, so riding instructors must be able to anticipate what the rider and the horse will do in a given situation in order to prevent any negative incidents. Sometimes the best riders may not always be the best teachers.  Training time is … Continue reading

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Training Staff To Work With Special-Needs Campers

Photos Courtesy of Camp CAMP

  Every spring, camps around the country turn their attention to recruiting, hiring, and training the staff that they hope will provide the best summer experience for campers. Recruiters meet with countless individuals during these trips, interview those who apply and show promise, and then extend offers to those who rise to the top of the applicant pool. Then, after all that, the real fun begins! These individuals–from different backgrounds and locations–will join together to form a team. While the … Continue reading

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