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Growing Your Gratitude

"When you change the things you look at, the things you look at change."
Dr. Wayne Dyer
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Each year at this time, thankfulness becomes a buzzword. It tends to go hand-in-hand with the foundational message of the holidays, which is to acknowledge all the good of your life. But there are times, people and situations we each face where there isn’t a thing in the world to be thankful for. Maybe you’re reminding an employee yet again to come to work on time, or your annoying neighbor has his music blaring. Perhaps someone refuses to participate in … Continue reading

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Do Your Feedback Gathering Methods Measure Up?

Survey says?
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Gathering honest opinions, insight, commentary and suggestions on completed camp sessions is an integral part of moving your camp program forward. Feedback gathering, in all its forms, is the first step in gauging the success of your programs straight from those people who have invested the most. While you may revisit feedback forms for content every few years, do you grant the same scrutiny to your methods? That is, are your methods the most effective for the type of feedback … Continue reading

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Bullying Redux

Camping professionals have been taking a systematic, proactive role in preventing bullying since the 1929. 
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Bullying receives a lot of press, especially schools adopt anti-bullying programs and states pass anti-bullying laws. Witnessing school shootings that were, in part, retaliation for relentless bullying may have increased our empathy toward both bullies and their targets, as well as our motivation to change. But tragic events, additions to curricula, and press coverage have all made it seem as if bullying is new. It might surprise you to learn that camping professionals have been taking a systematic, proactive role … Continue reading

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How Do We Treat Each Other?

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This was the question the leadership director at one of North America’s oldest overnight camps asked the staff one evening. It seemed to be an inane question, given the label of “brotherhood” that the staff had given itself for decades. But the silence in the room suggested legitimate soul-searching had begun. The leadership director, Tom Giggi, was also silent, prompting even more serious reflection. (One of Tom’s strengths is asking good questions; another is his ability to wait for thoughtful … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Americans Participate in Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON, DC  – Almost 143 million Americans, or 49.2 percent of the US population, participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2013. Although the actual number of outdoor participants increased since 2012, the participation rate fell slightly, due to population growth. The findings are part of The Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the leading report tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation with a focus on youth and diversity. The Outdoor Foundation’s eighth annual Outdoor Recreation … Continue reading

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