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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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What’s Left After A Loss

Ashes of memories.

My best friends and I combed through the sooty remains of the log cabin and wondered: What’s left? The fire had been so hot that it melted the window glass and incinerated pretty much everything else. We found the cast iron woodstove, the porcelain sink and tub, and the soundboard from the upright piano. (You can see it lying in the rubble there in the photo.) We’d started coming to Sam’s cabin one year after Will’s 18-month-old died of a … Continue reading

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16 Low Cost Gifts That Mean A Lot

Gifts don’t need to be expensive to create powerful memories. 
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In my younger days, I vividly recall both of my grandmothers lamenting how, as we age, the days seem to pass by more quickly. Never is that more true than during the rush and bustle of the end-of-the-year holidays and beginning of a fresh new year. With the holiday season so near, those of us who didn’t finish our shopping in July (I am related to some of those folks, and I did not get that genetic trait!) do our … Continue reading

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