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4 Reasons for Staff Reflections

Spend time reflecting on individual experiences.
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For the past 21 years, the first night of camp orientation has ended the same way: by verbalizing a personal goal or lofty wish that I want my campers (and over the last decade, my program staff members) to experience during the short week that they spend with us. Our goals are breathed to life around the campfire (weather permitting), sometimes accompanied by a symbolic action, like tossing a Popsicle stick or slip of paper into the fire so that … Continue reading

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Letter On Closing Day

Here's what your child wants you to know about camp.
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I know that I was nervous about camp when you dropped me off, but now I don’t want to leave. I’ve had the most amazing time here! I love this place! Could you please pay for me to stay a little longer, and pick me up at the end of the summer? That would be awesome! The thing I love most about camp is that I get to be myself here. At school and in our neighborhood, kids try to … Continue reading

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Flashdance and Fun: 4 Games For An 80′s – Themed Program

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Instead of a basic game night, why not implement a themed game night by modifying popular, familiar games and presenting them in a new, fresh way? This set of four games, inspired by the 1980s, can be supplemented with a costume/dress-up contest, musical chairs with 80s songs and lots of big hair and neon jelly bracelets for everyone! 1. Human Simon Equipment: 2-3 foot length of duct tape in each of these four colors: Red Green Blue Yellow Large, flat, … Continue reading

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Hayward Featured on ‘Designing Spaces’

ELIZABETH, NJ —Hayward Pool Products is ready for its close-up.  Hayward OmniLogic will be featured on the August 13 episode of the home improvement television show “Designing Spaces” for its special focus on backyard automation designed to make pool-owning easier.  The “Talk Backyard Automation” show will highlight the technological advancements represented by OmniLogic, which is considered the simplest, most intuitive pool controller on the market today. With a simple touch and click app, pool owners can manage water chemistry, water features, … Continue reading

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Teachable Moments

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Children can sometimes be annoying. With that bold truism on the table, here is a logical question for Camp Business readers: What can be done about that? To punish or reprimand comes rather too naturally, as was evident during my recent trip to an amusement park. To teach is better—indeed to teach is the true meaning of disciplining. And although it’s not always easy, both the parent and the annoying child in question will feel better in the end.  While … Continue reading

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