Category Archives: Jeff Merhige

Hi-Ho Silver…

Traditional Programs Each summer we try and create new and better programs to excite the ideas and imaginations of our campers. High adventure seems to take on three types in the camping industry: out-trips, high challenge construction, or straight-forward adventure programming. Adventure, however each camp defines and uses it, is at the heart of what campers are looking for! To our parents and kids this is why they come to summer camp… to try new things, grow as a person, … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Jul/Aug 04, Programming, 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, Issues, Jeff Merhige, May/Jun 04, Programming, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Commitment to Excellence

So many times a new director has lists upon lists of things they want to accomplish or get done during their time at camp. And, so many times they feel as though that they are not accomplishing nearly the amount of things that they want or feel that they are the only voice trying to be heard on what needs to be done. Download: Camp Kern Evaluation Form Download: Camp Kern Committment of Excellence Report Wouldn’t it be easier if … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Mar/Apr 04, Staff Training, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Reevaluating the Camp, Part 2

Being new to the job in this industry is really challenging, as is reevaluating and revamping it. As referred to in the last article a new director, or one who’s evaluating and working to improve the camp, has to establish a staff culture right away, guided by the vision he or she brings to it. Related Article: Reevaluating the Camp, Part 1 After establishing this vision and the team atmosphere to approach it, it’s time to get to the details … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Sep/Oct 03, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Climbing & Traversing

For more information about companies providing further outdoor adventure, following is a list of active participants in the camp business. Related Article: High Adventure, High Opportunity Alpine Towers International Inc./Cornerstone Designs Inc. PO Box 59 Jonas Ridge, NC 28641 (800) 706-0064 (828) 733-0953 (828) 733-3505 (fax) www.cornerstonedesignsinc.com, www.alpinetowers.com Climbing walls, towers, zip lines and other challenge course products and equipment. Brewer’s Ledge Inc. 34 Brookley Road Boston, MA 02130 (800) 707-9616 (617) 983-5244 (617) 983-5261 (fax) www.treadwall.com Climbing wall panels, … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Jul/Aug 03, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment