Category Archives: CB Top Stories

Three Cheers For Staff Training

Courtesy of Pine Grove Day Camp in Monmouth County, NJ

Even with the best fields, a huge waterslide, and an array of impressive buildings, campers, parents, and leadership expect the best of staff members. For this reason, leaders must find ways to provide the best training possible and rethink traditional approaches. As the assistant director of a private day camp, I had the responsibility of hiring, training, and developing the creative specialists. These 10 to 12 individuals guided an arts program, a drama/music/dance program that put on a large showcase … Continue reading

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Branding With Brains

Photos Courtesy of Camp Wekeela and Melissa Weinberger

Regardless of whether a camp requires uniforms, campers love to show their spirit by wearing clothing with a camp logo. This establishes a pseudo-uniform policy, and serves as a great marketing tool. When kids wear camp clothing year-round at school and in their communities, it demonstrates tremendous pride in a camp. This clothing also helps with camper retention. Because camp clothing is a direct reflection on your brand, it must be managed efficiently and effectively.     Define The Brand What … Continue reading

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Make A Healthy Plate

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Whether conquering a fear of heights by trying the high ropes, swimming in a lake for the first time, or tasting a new food, camp is a place for kids to learn, grow, and experience new adventures. At Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio, campers do all those things, plus learn how to count carbohydrates, check their own blood sugar, and give themselves their own shot of insulin. Camp Ho Mita Koda is the oldest camp in the nation … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, CB Top Stories, Departments, Food Services + Concessions, Insider Access, Issues, Mar/Apr 2014 | Leave a comment

A Place For Grace

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After learning how to hold their miniature violins, the next thing 3-year old Suzuki students learn is how to perform a deep, gracious bow. Although the first notes they play will sound like a choking cat, they end their performance with dignity. Bending slowly at the waist, they intone: “One, two, three … hello, toes!” and “One, two, three … up!” Many parents new to the Suzuki method dismiss this exercise as either premature or quaint. (Shouldn’t my child actually … Continue reading

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Crafty Campers

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Let’s face it–almost every young camper has made a Popsicle-stick pencil holder, but there comes a time for them to try their hand at some slightly different (and easy) craft projects. Here are some ideas that allow kids to be creative and make something they probably haven’t made before.  Tic-Tac-Toe Bugs Set out 100 or so plastic spoons. Fill each spoon with Plaster of Paris. Add a piece of yarn or embroidery floss to the wet plaster to form antennas. … Continue reading

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