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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

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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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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

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With all the energy spent planning camp programs and new activities, it can be tough coming up with the time to dedicate to fine-tuning the smaller elements. Freshen up your camp relay races. If your slate of relay games has become dated and predictable, mix and match a few from this list to bring the spirit of friendly team relay competition back to life. Single Runner Relays Beach Blanket Relay: Line up team in a single line. Give each team … Continue reading

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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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Chicago–Summertime is meant for enjoying outdoor activities, but if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to put you in danger. In recognition of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency want you to learn ways you can enjoy the warm temperatures and still protect yourself and your family when storm clouds roll in. “Lightning is one of the top storm-related killers in the United States,” said John Jensenius, a Lightning Safety Specialist … Continue reading

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