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Equine Intelligence

Photos Courtesy of Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)

Since horseback-riding programs carry a few inherent risks, these activities should be managed by staff members who have demonstrated and documented experience teaching horseback-riding or managing horses. Unlike with most camp activities, horses have a mind of their own, so riding instructors must be able to anticipate what the rider and the horse will do in a given situation in order to prevent any negative incidents. Sometimes the best riders may not always be the best teachers.  Training time is … Continue reading

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The Quest to Provide “Healthy” Food

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In the summer of 2013, staff members of Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo., were confronted with a challenge—the frequency of requests for food that was gluten-free was leading to chaos in the dining hall. A menu traditionally skewed toward calories, carbohydrates, and fats was truly out of sync with a society fighting obesity, a clientele striving to lead a fit lifestyle, and an organizational mantra of good health. Lessons the Kanakuk staff learned on its quest to change the paradigm … Continue reading

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Rethinking Volunteers

Photos Courtesy Of Mystic Mountain Training Center

Terry was recruited in 2001 to serve as a volunteer camp nurse, and has faithfully returned for 13 summers. Like most volunteers, he also holds a full-time job in the private sector. However, Terry opted to organize his life around his volunteer position by working 12-hour shifts with extended days off and taking vacation time during camp weeks. Over the years, Terry has expanded his area of expertise, becoming a certified shooting-sports instructor. A few years after Terry began volunteering, … Continue reading

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Retreat For One

Photos Courtesy of Camp Lutherhaven

Living in overdrive and well on the road to burnout 20 years ago, I bumped into the idea of personal retreat. This revelation coincided with an unspoken longing. Is this it? Toxic levels of overload left me depleted and hungering for something more. Was personal retreat–a quiet reprieve off the beaten path–the missing ingredient in my life?  Yes. Over time, “Run hard, rest well” has become my motto in life. It’s a commitment that began when I was newly married, … Continue reading

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Get A Jump On Next Summer

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For most camps, autumn is the time to take a deep breath and recover. Sure, you might still need to manage weekend programs and facility rentals, and holiday camps are about to begin, but nothing in the fall involves the intense commitment of summer-camp planning, registration, and management.  While it’s tempting to put off thinking about next year’s camps, October and November are actually the perfect time to strategize in order to make registration and administration easier for camp families … Continue reading

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