Category Archives: Editor’s Note

The Magic of Camp

As the only child of the directors and owners of an all-girls camp, I had the great fortune of participating in a few of the camp activities at the early age of four years old. My parents finally let me be a “regular camper” when I turned seven and I was ecstatic to live in a cabin with girls my own age. My camp family became extended family for eight glorious weeks during the summer. The excitement of camp and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Editor's Note, Jul/Aug 2013 | Leave a comment

Staff Pointers

Camps are the most powerful counter-cultural mechanism there is for positive youth development. Founding directors wove military, Native American, pioneer, folk and religious traditions into a unique tapestry. And although the traditions have evolved, the core of what makes camp matchless has not. Whether day or resident, high-quality camps provide young people with an experience in community living, away from home, in a beautiful natural setting, with a recreational premise. No other experience provides those four elements in combination. In … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Editor's Note, Issues, May/June 2013 | Leave a comment

Choosing What Matters Most

Aquatic activities have always been a large part of my life. I was one of those kids that learned how to swim before I walked. Growing up, the worst days of summer were those when I had the dreaded swimmer’s ear and wasn’t able to get into the water! My favorite class throughout high school was lifeguarding; it was a class that I had looked forward to for as long as I could remember. Before I was a lifeguard, I … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Editor's Note, Issues, March/April 2013 | Leave a comment

Fight For The Right To Camp

Editor’s Note  This year we thought we’d shake things up and let a “Guest Editor” take a whack at programming an issue of their choice—from their perspective. This issue, Rick Braschler of Kanakuk Kamps reminisces about the “old days” in the industry and provides an aquatic programming idea that is sure to be a hit at any camp. Next month, Todd Lennig of YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch, Mich., takes a look at waterfront programming and shares his knowledge … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Editor's Note, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013 | 1 Comment