Category Archives: Jeff Merhige

Stretch & Twist

As camp time gets ever closer (wasn’t it just yesterday that we had closing ceremonies?) it’s time to jumpstart camp and get the ideas flowing. Continuing from last month’s column, and the January Programming Ideas article, here are some more ideas to get campers and staff going for the season. Keep sending your ideas into Camp Business so that we can share them and give every camp great ideas. What comes around goes around! See “You Don’t Say! (link below) … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Mar 05, Programming, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Getting to Know You

Activities, activities, and more activities is how we accomplish all that we do in the camping industry! Name games, team building and get-to-know-you games allow us to get inside the group dynamics of kids, campers, adults and retreat groups. The beauty of these tools is how adaptable they are. There is not one activity or game that cannot be modified for whatever audience you are planning to work with. The following examples are games and activities that we use with … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Feb 05, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Staff Training, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

The Ultimate Survivor

Traditional Programs “It’s time to vote,” “You’re fired!” “Will you accept this rose?” are phrases that have become a big part of our recent television and pop culture. How do camps turn these themes into programming that helps us to bridge children from the television and into the natural, magical world of camp? I like to think it is by taking TV shows, movies and popular fads and re-constructing them to represent the values and good choices we want kids … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Dec 04, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Building for the Future

The best feeling in the world, besides knowing you have made a difference in a child’s life, is bulldozers clearing a site for the construction of your new building, which will also affect children’s lives for the better! Camp directors love to build! It is a permanent reminder of our time at the helm of the camp and a feeling of accomplishment when you see something you have worked for be created. But what a long process! The entire journey … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Oct 04, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Collaborative Programming

Every year we sit down as directors and hope to think up the new idea or program; that one program that will knock the kids off their feet with amazement and fun. The problem, though we do not like to admit it, is that one mind can not think of all the great ideas that can lead to a magical summer for others. Here at Camp Kern, we have learned that collaborative programming can be a great asset, especially in … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Programming, Sep 04, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment