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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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Cover All The Bases

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For many children, one of the joys of going away to camp or attending a specialty sports camp is the opportunity to participate in games with peers. These physical activities, which are often the essence of a camp curriculum, bring with them potential liabilities for the camp owner or operator in the form of personal-injury lawsuits.   Seeking to assign blame for real or alleged injuries, participants and their families may file lawsuits claiming that the camp or organization did not … Continue reading

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Timber!

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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Managing Risk

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Managing risk—these are perhaps two of the most dreaded words in a camp director’s dictionary, rivaled only by the nickname, “Fun-Sucker.” From the onset, the very phrase seems to challenge creativity, combat ingenuity, and completely destroy hilarity—all essential ingredients in the recipe for memorable camp experiences. This article will explore some practical applications for applying sound risk-management concepts, while keeping creativity and fun intact. Similar to life in general, camps are not—nor will ever be—risk-free or completely “safe.” In fact, … Continue reading

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