Category Archives: Facilities + Grounds


Photos: © Curt Clayton

Located within 1,100 acres in southwest Michigan, the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) Camp is a nature-based summer program serving campers ages 3 to 18 years and committed to providing “fun and meaningful experiences in nature.” But as the nature center reached its 50-year anniversary, the facilities were due for upgrades.   Inspired by that milestone, as well as the 2005 publication, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” by Richard Louv and the No Child Left Inside … Continue reading

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Give Pause For Patience

Allow campers the opportunity to participate and make decisions.

Some people think that accessibility for the disabled simply means that a person in a wheelchair has a ramp available.  Yes, ramps are useful and important, but there is much more to being an accessible camp than attaching a ramp onto a building. In fact, I would argue that attitudinal accessibility and barrier-free thinking are the first—and most important—steps in providing a safe and comfortable environment for campers with disabilities. There are many resources available for creating accessible facilities; hundreds … Continue reading

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Dual-Purpose Design Meetings

Photo By Brian G. Becharas, Chairman, Camp Echo Facilities & Infrastructure Committee

Would you like to initiate major donations for facility improvements before the next capital campaign even begins? It’s as easy as extending an invitation to potential major donors to take part in a two-day event at the camp! If this seems too good to be true, it isn’t. It’s just a matter of getting the right people together and undertaking the right master-planning process. App Extra (PDF): How To Develop a Master Plan with Your Major Donors The common approach to … Continue reading

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Bring Buildings To Life


Buildings and structures, like the canopy tower, tree houses, and floating classroom at Islandwood that appear to be the camp equivalent of Magic Mountain, have a secret identity as learning tools that challenge students, spark imaginations, and change perspectives. Just don’t tell the kids. Located on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, IslandWood has offered outdoor learning experiences since 2001, when pilot programs began on a 255-acre, forested campus located across Puget Sound from downtown Seattle. Covered with lush cedar and … Continue reading

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Catching Sunshine

Solar panels help the camp reduce energy costs. Photo courtesy of International Sports Training Camp

When they first began their “green energy” journey, International Sports Training Camp (ISTC) Directors Mark Major and Kara Klaus-Major were intimidated by the task. With approximately 270 campers and 130 staff members in residence each week, the directors discussed the potential to shrink the camp electricity bill by utilizing green energy strategies. The Stroudsburg, Pa., overnight sports camp had always strived to be environmentally friendly. Officials at the 500-acre facility had recently welcomed a new green-conscious health center, cooled with … Continue reading

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