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Five Scavenger Hunt Games

Spice up your scavenger hunt with a treasure map!

When icebreakers are old news and campers need a break from relay games, bring groups together for smaller chunks of fun through scavenger hunts. The beauty of the scavenger hunt is that with a little forethought, it is easily customizable to fit the needs of any camp variable: length of time, distance from the main lodge, specific group configurations or time of day. Use these ready-made scavenger hunt ideas, mix and match them with each other or use the ideas … Continue reading

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Learning To Pack Light

Creative ideas come out of minimalism.

The Virgin airline lost my suitcase, forcing me to buy a week’s worth of clothes and toiletries in Oxford, England. That was an inconvenience, as well as an important reminder to always pack necessities in one’s carry-on luggage. However, the real value in the experience was the requirement that I now conduct four days of staff training workshops without props. Several good books on low-prop or no-prop games exist, but I’ve got enough of those memorized that it’s easy to pull … Continue reading

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Learn To Swim Expands In New York

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey announced the partnership between NYS Parks, American Red Cross, National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) Foundation continues for a second year and is bringing more free “Learn-to-Swim” programs to an increased number of kids at New York state parks this summer season. “Launched last year at two state parks in the New York City region, this program was widely successful. We are thrilled that … Continue reading

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Independence Day Excitement

Happy Independence Day!

5 Great Group Games for July 4th Fireworks, apple pie and fun–three ingredients that make every Independence Day a success. Whether you’re celebrating the Fourth of July at camp, at home or somewhere else, consider these five games when your party wants a little fun in their festivities. 1. Celebration Soccer Requires 2 teams of 11 campers Equipment: One pool noodle for each camper Red, white and blue balloons Two soccer goals on an open field Instructions: At the start … Continue reading

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Novelty: Naughty or Nice?

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It’s fun to ponder our love/hate relationship with newness. We wrap presents for birthdays, Chanukah, Christmas, and other special occasions, in part, because it’s pleasant to be surprised. Not only do the event of receiving something and the object itself bring us joy, but we also enjoy the feverish unwrapping of an unknown article. Call it the “Ta-Da!” factor. The sudden reveal amplifies our happiness—usually.  Some surprises, however, are unpleasant. I’m not talking about sudden bad news, where the unexpected … Continue reading

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