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Night Hike Sensory Activities

Merge the five senses with nature using a night hike.
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Night hikes are always a popular offering for a multitude of reasons that play into one overarching theme: the promise of the unexpected. If your night hikes have become stale, try sprinkling in one or more of these options to up the level of interest and camper excitement. Sight Guess the Color Materials: one crayon for each camper As light dims, so too does the ability of our eyes to discern colors. Once campers are deep in darkness, pass out … Continue reading

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3 Decisions I’m Making This Fall That I Didn’t Make Last Fall

What do you do for personal growth?
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“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” –Calvin Coolidge Last month I shared with you 5 Tools I’m Using This Fall That I Didn’t Use Last. I’d like to follow that up this month with some “things” that I’m choosing to do this fall. You see, growth and progress are incredibly important to me and I would bet they are to you also. Benjamin Franklin reminded us that without them, “words … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty in an Ashtray

Anything creative and pleasing to the senses can be art.
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“What is it?” asked my cabin leader, gently. We both eyed my clay creation as it emerged from the camp kiln, glazed and cooled. I was 12, so I hadn’t made a something; I’d made an anything. It had just been fun to pinch and push the clay for our hour-long arts-and-crafts period. Now came the hard part: I needed to identify my project. “Hmm…” I thought out loud. Finally, my cabin leader said confidently, “Oh, I see. It’s an ashtray.” And there it was. The … Continue reading

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Autumn: A Time for Reflection

Fall is the perfect time to reflect.
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Now that the days are growing shorter, another camping season is drawing to a close. Whether your camping sessions are finished, slowing down or on a hiatus until the winter or spring, autumn is a prime opportunity to slow down, reflect and refocus while memories and evaluations are somewhat fresh in your mind. Here are 21 contemplative questions to consider when your schedule allows a moment’s pause to go over where you’ve been in anticipation of where you’ll be going … Continue reading

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My Three Favorite Things to Do with a 3×5 Index Card

The ever-versatile Index Card. Used wisely, it can build a sense of belonging, cure homesickness, and keep you grounded. Who knew?
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This time of year, I use a lot of 3×5 index cards to prop up the legs on LCD projectors. In the past, I’ve used them to shim stair treads, prop doors open, jot to-do lists and outline articles. The humble cardstock rectangle can also serve some powerful educational functions, three of which I’d like to share with you in today’s Week-Ender. #1 The Bunk Nametag The infamous Name Game has many variations, all designed to increase familiarity among campers … Continue reading

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