Category Archives: Facilities + Grounds

Welcoming Vegetarians

I arrived hungry for the conference, so was glad when dinner was served. As I waited in line, I tried to see what food was offered. As a vegetarian, I always hope there will be something provided to meet my dietary needs. When I reached the serving table, my heart sank. There was hamburger casserole, mashed potatoes, corn, salad made from iceberg lettuce, rolls, and dessert. There was no alternative protein. Ever bold to ask for peanut butter for my … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Sep/Oct 11 | 1 Comment

The Nuts And Bolts Of A Challenge Course

Swages, fish plates, thimble-eye bolts and double-coil lock-washers — these words probably don’t mean much to those who are unfamiliar with challenge courses. For those who do have a challenge course on their camp grounds and are still unfamiliar with those words — you should be more aware. Why should you ensure that the course is well constructed and receiving a passing grade for safety? Liability and trust are the two biggest reasons. Parts wear out, ropes break down, and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jul/Aug 2011 | Leave a comment

Playground Compliance

Swings, sandboxes and slides — once upon a time, these were the usual suspects in playgrounds everywhere. In fact, without them, it wasn’t really considered a playground. But times have changed. Today’s playgrounds are expected to be accessible and safe, and to engage a child’s imagination and senses, according to Kirsten Rimes of O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock and Associates Inc., in Kalamazoo, Mich. Rimes, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector as well as a licensed landscape architect (and a parent of playground … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jul/Aug 2011 | Leave a comment

Dressing Up Turf

It’s spring again. The skies are blue, the flowers are in bloom, and kids are counting down the days remaining in the school year. And you have just realized it’s past time to get your fields in shape for an entire season of sports camps. The fields, including those for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and even football, are going to need serious maintenance to bring them up to the usual standards. Creating a field-maintenance checklist is a great way to … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, May/Jun 11 | Leave a comment

A Lasting Impression

A 2009 report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program supports what many have recently experienced–rainfall and flooding are on the rise. There is a clear trend toward heavier precipitation in the U.S. as a whole, and particularly in the Midwest and Northeast. Since 1958, Midwesterners have experienced a 31-percent increase in the heaviest precipitation events, while those in the Northeast have experienced a staggering 67-percent increase. If this trend continues, flooding and stormwater-related issues will continue to affect the … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Mar/Apr 2011 | Leave a comment