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Role Reversal

Students find themselves at camp.

As soon as I discovered my school was taking a three-day camping field trip, I signed up as chaperone. Never mind that I knew very few of the kids attending and that I hadn’t been a cabin counselor in at least 15 years. This was camp. The worst day of camp is always better than the best day of school, and I took it as my mission to instill this value into my very energetic group of 11- and 12-year-olds. On … Continue reading

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Standing Out

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My 9-year-old son, Sava, took a field trip to the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, with his class on Monday. Like any good parent, I asked him what he learned. “I’m the only kid without a smartphone” was his reply. Interesting civics lesson. Sava went on to describe the one-hour bus ride from Exeter to the state capital. “Everyone pulled out their smartphones and started playing games. All I had was the iPod Shuffle that Grandma gave me.” (What … Continue reading

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10 Summer Camp Professionals to Follow On Twitter

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In my last piece for the Week-Ender, I provided a basic guide to maximizing your Twitter time. Now, to expand your Twitter social circle, this post features ten popular, camp-related Twitter accounts to follow. Consider checking out their followers as well–the real value of Twitter is the multiple channels and opportunities for interaction. @CampBusiness The Twitter account of Camp Business magazine, updated daily with links to articles and blog posts covering the business of summer camps and all it encompasses. … Continue reading

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The Top Six Things I’m Doing Today to Prepare for Summer 2014

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”—Elbert Hubbard “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell Here’s a quick rundown of the six things I’m doing today to prepare for summer 2014. With the Parents: 1)  Evaluating. We’re busy looking at camper numbers.  No, not the new campers, the returning campers.  It’s my belief that retention is the key sign of a healthy camp.  In my organization (YMCA) 55% is … Continue reading

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Take the Pizza Test

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There’s Just No Limit to Kindness The tastiest mouthful of any pizza is the first bite of the first slice. You’re hungry. You’ve been anticipating that mouthwatering goodness for an hour or more. Your taste buds are eager and alive. All this perfect pre-pizza preparation transforms ordinary melted mozzarella and pedestrian pepperoni into a sumptuous symphony of gustatory glory. O.K., it’s not exactly the 4th of July in your mouth, but that first bite of a well-made pizza is pretty … Continue reading

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