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Gluten-Free Territory

It is important to think outside the box of traditional snacks to accommodate gluten-intolerant individuals.
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When preparing food for a large group of people, the administration of a camp may find it difficult to adhere to the guidelines of special diets. Basic knowledge of the different food allergies and intolerances can help staff members understand how better to serve campers who may require additional attention. For example, Celiac Disease—once thought of as rare—affects as many as 1 in 133 people, or more than 2-million Americans, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and … Continue reading

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The Power Of Partnerships

In a three-way partnership, Rolling River Day Camp, Peninsula Counseling Center, and local merchants teamed up to provide children with a safe, enriching summer experience at no cost to the family. 
Photos Courtesy Of Rolling River Day Camp

While employed as a marketing professional, I had grown accustomed to facing difficult corporate business problems. However, as I sat at my desk on a cold November day in 2009, it was an issue within my parents’ small business that really had me perplexed. As owners/directors of Rolling River Day Camp (RRDC) in East Rockaway, N.Y., they described a problem with meeting financial-assistance requests for the upcoming camp season. My father, once a scholarship camper himself, often provided families in … Continue reading

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Expect To Survive

A winter camping trip provided more confidence than the energy it took build a campsite, make dinner, complete avalanche training lessons, dig for buried beacons, and test snowpack conditions.

I committed to the Explore Program Winter Intro before really knowing the details. If I had known that it was a backpacking, snowshoeing, avalanche training, dig-a-campsite-out-of-a-snow-covered-mountain overnight adventure, I never would have signed up. In Southern California, where I grew up, it’s only snowed once. And although I have vacationed in snow country, I never had camped in it. In addition, I had never backpacked, never worn snowshoes, and didn’t own any of the gear necessary for such endeavors. Much … Continue reading

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Partnering With Parents

Autism is a complex neurological disorder that affects one in every 88 children throughout North America. There is no cure. 
Photos Courtesy Of Autism Ontario Kids Camp

Autism Ontario Kids (AOK) Camp & Adult Summer Program (AOA) is a day camp for children, youth, and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The camp was established 26 years ago by parents whose children were not able to be supported by municipal or private day camps because the needs were too extensive. Currently, 48 clients are supported each week by 76 staff members. A great deal of time is spent gathering information from parents before camp even begins. … Continue reading

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Adieu To Traditional Overnight Camps

Instead of telling campers about the French culture, Camp Tournesol gives kids an opportunity to experience it. 
Photos Courtesy Of Camp Tournesol

In 2001, I founded CampTournesol as a vehicle to help French-immersion students embrace and develop their verbal skills in the summer. For several years, I worked towards this goal by developing day camps in different cities in the Greater Toronto area. Since the organization doesn’t own any property on which to operate camps, local schools were rented. In 2006, I began to research the possibility of providing overnight camp experiences to offer a more in-depth opportunity for campers. I faced … Continue reading

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