Category Archives: Facilities + Grounds

Resourceful Water Treatment

The Living Machine at YMCA Camp Seymour recycles wastewater.

Summer campers, outdoor science students, and retreat groups play and learn at a busy YMCA camp nestled on Glen Cove near the Carr Inlet of Puget Sound in the state of Washington. The usual camp sounds permeate the drizzly Pacific Northwest air–arrows smacking foam targets, water splashing from canoe paddles, cheers from campers reaching the top of the climbing wall, and cedar crackling in a campfire pit. Another unusual sound, though, is heard, usually only by maintenance staff. Noisy pumps … Continue reading

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Year-Round Revenue

Your facility takes center stage for three months out of the year. The grass is mowed, the paint is fresh and everything is in its place. But at the end of the season, many properties lie dormant. Your pride and joy loses its color, the weeds grow, the paint chips and many spaces are askew. By the time camp rolls around the following year, the general maintenance, repairs, and upkeep can be overwhelming. The cash flow that you accumulated during … Continue reading

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All-Access Athletics

There’s a difference between a camp with facilities that are ADA-compliant, and those that are truly welcoming to individuals with physical challenges. Make no mistake–ADA was groundbreaking. But when it comes to including athletes of all abilities, it takes an all-out effort. And sometimes that effort starts with reaching out to athletes who might not even know they can be athletes. “The number of people with disabilities in the United States is in the millions,” says Jeremiah Yolkut of the … Continue reading

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Seek Shelter

There was a time when sunburns and peeling skin were as much a part of summer for kids as bare feet and cutoffs. Accordingly, parents thought it was healthier for kids to have some color than pale faces. Much has changed in the way we view the sun, and the way we protect ourselves from it. These days, sunscreen is routine (and even waterproof), and sports clothing carries sun-protection factor ratings. And while much activity still occurs outdoors, those who … Continue reading

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Balanced Nutrition

“Healthy food” typically doesn’t go hand in hand with “camp food.” In fact, the selection is typically a sea of white–white flour, white sugar, and fried, white food in the form of buns, breaded chicken, french fries, and cookies. None of these choices are doing kids any good. Camp is actually the perfect setting for kids to try new foods. They are away from home, and have most likely been doing and trying many things that are new to them. … Continue reading

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