Category Archives: Publisher’s Note

Take It From The Top

Summer camp is an important part of IslandWood’s mission to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community service. Like the residential school camping programs that run at IslandWood from September to June, camps don’t just take place in a beautiful setting. They draw from it, using the land, buildings and structures to create experiences that nurture knowledge and care for the natural world while preserving the element of fun that make camp, well, camp. Because so … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Publisher's Note, Sept/Oct 2013 | Leave a comment

Risky Business

When you're taking risks, it's good to have an insurance agent you can trust! ©iStockphoto.com/sophie4

Late last week, my wife called to let me know our insurance agent had given her the inside scoop on exactly how to insure our first teen driver and that it wasn’t going to cost nearly as much as she had feared. Her enthusiasm was palpable and I hung up smiling at the thought of somebody being that excited over insurance. Of course, it wasn’t the insurance or even the good price and insider knowledge that had set her into … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Nov/Dec 2012, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

Family Meals

Three knuckleheads posing when they were told not to pose!

The first thing we purchased when we moved into our house was a large, rectangular, expandable kitchen table. We didn’t have the money for it, and had a lot of other items competing for our attention–a couch, a yard–but we knew a kitchen table was our only true need. During the week, it easily fits all seven of the Auths, and during special events–birthday parties, graduations, dinner parties–it expands to seat 12 or 14, if we get creative with folding … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Publisher's Note, Sept/Oct 2012 | Leave a comment

The Guide

The man with the bushy sideburns coaching the team in the mismatched uniforms was on to something. Years later, we would call it emotional intelligence, but at the time, it was simply considered weird, or worse, countercultural. Regardless, Lynn Sweet’s English students, and then his baseball team, experienced other-worldly success. Despite his unusual tactics (optional practice, blaring music in pre-game warm-ups, kid-supplied line ups, and so on), his success kept him in place, buying him more and more rope till … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Jul/Aug 2012, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

Apparently, No Thinking Required

The pre-dawn darkness is supposed to be one of life’s small pleasures–a time of peace and tranquility filled with the promise of the coming day. Until recently, my pre-dawn ritual was pleasantly simple–a bowl of oatmeal with raspberries, a cup of coffee, a leisurely drive to the bus stop (to drop off my high school-aged son) and then the office, followed by a few precious moments of quiet prior to the arrival of my staff members. I don’t think I … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, May/June 2012, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment