Category Archives: Traditional Programs

Standing Out

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My 9-year-old son, Sava, took a field trip to the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, with his class on Monday. Like any good parent, I asked him what he learned. “I’m the only kid without a smartphone” was his reply. Interesting civics lesson. Sava went on to describe the one-hour bus ride from Exeter to the state capital. “Everyone pulled out their smartphones and started playing games. All I had was the iPod Shuffle that Grandma gave me.” (What … Continue reading

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A Day Older; Hopefully a Day Wiser

As one gets older, one gets wiser.
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As I click on the computer calendar preparing to scribe this digital missive, aka the Week-Ender blog, I realize with a slight jolt that I will be turning another day older today; well, actually, another year older–happy birthday to me. It is assumed that as one gets older, one gets wiser as well.  I suppose that varies with each individual, but generally, each minute we survive on this earth we have presumably learned something new.  Thus, each day we should … Continue reading

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Capital Improvements

Everyone has a vision of what will make their camp perfect. Unfortunately, that vision may not jibe with reality (or users’ ideas of a perfect camp), which is why it’s critical to develop a team of disparate people to help you craft a strategic facility improvement plan–a vision, unclouded by emotion, of what your camp needs to indeed become “perfect.” After all, buildings last for decades and leave not only a legacy of accomplishment, but, in some cases, a legacy … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Sep/Oct 07, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Memory Makers

What is the magic of camp? What makes a camp different from another camp? So many camp directors approach this question by saying … traditions. True, traditions are created and repeated; they give history and credibility to our program, but when I ask campers, parents and alumni about their memories of camp, 90 percent of the time they tell me a story about an interaction with a staff member. Some memory of a special moment that stuck with them their … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Insider Access, Issues, Jeff Merhige, May/Jun 07, Programming, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

No Fear

According to camp legend, a neighboring farmer who owned 100 acres abutting our property, hated our camp. Like all legends, it hadn’t always been that way. For the first sixty years, the farmer, his family and Camp Kern had gotten along smashingly well but, about 20 years ago, something happened (nobody could remember exactly what) and from that day forward, things were no longer, shall we say, neighborly. The irony, of course, was that the camp’s strategic plan listed our … Continue reading

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