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Social-Media Best Practices for Camps

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How many times have you gone to a favorite search engine looking for a product or organization only to find a website that looks as if it was built in 1982? Currently, businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, and local governments without a strong website aren’t taken seriously. Social media has the power to make a brand or business human, relatable, and reliable.  According to Time magazine (May 6, 2009), on Jan.21, President Barack Obama’s first full day in office, he … Continue reading

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If Websites Could Talk

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  “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” –H. James Harrington, CEO of the Harrington Institute, a global management-consulting firm  Many camps have a website, but is it providing parents, alumni, and campers what they are looking for? Is there anything the site would say if it … Continue reading

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Avoiding Allergic Reactions

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Do you have a food allergy? Statistically, one out of 12 children has a life-threatening food allergy. In a camp with 500 campers, 41children will potentially have dietary needs that demand changes to daily menus. Are you prepared?  Once upon a time, epinephrine pens were used only to combat bee stings. Now, camp chefs and dining-hall staffs have to contend with food allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, pine nuts, gluten, dairy, eggs, fruit, soy, fish, red dye, and others so … Continue reading

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Highs And Lows

Photos Courtesy of Camp Ho Mita Koda

If you were to visit Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio, during staff training, you would probably observe a fairly typical camp:  plenty of procedures, protocols, and program training. Hearing leaders talking about highs and lows, you might think they were discussing the many moods of teenagers.  However, as the oldest continuous camp in the nation for children with diabetes, the Camp Ho Mita Koda staff has the added responsibility of caring for kids with a life-threatening disease. The … Continue reading

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Regrouping For Youth

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Freshen up your day camp or after-school program with these new ideas:  Lego Battles Legos are making a huge comeback with themes such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, and even dolls like Belville. Investing in Lego sets and tables is hardly minor movet–and one that’s not in the budget–so get the kids involved. Ask each child to bring his or her Lego sets to create … Continue reading

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