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The Value of No/Low-Prop Initiative Games

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The benefits of teambuilding activities such as high-ropes courses have been well-documented. Youth gain valuable skills from being mentally and physically challenged, but what you do when a camp cannot afford to build a course, maintain it, and incur increased insurance premiums? A number of cooperative and initiative games can accomplish many of the same goals with little or no investment. What Are Low/No-Prop Initiative Games? Initiative games are highly active team challenges that require individual members to work together … Continue reading

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A Dose Of Carefree Living

Photo Courtesy Of Alan Clark

The entrance to Camp Boggy Creek looks like most summer camps. As a former camp director, I noticed the typical “Welcome” sign greeting campers, along with colorful wooden arrows pointing to the arts-and-crafts center, theatre, riding stable, and pool. As a group of campers walked by, they proclaimed their loyalty to the camp with a typically loud and enthusiastic cabin cheer. But the camp, about 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., is anything but typical. With the help of 1,600 volunteers … Continue reading

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Branding With Brains

Photos Courtesy of Camp Wekeela and Melissa Weinberger

Regardless of whether a camp requires uniforms, campers love to show their spirit by wearing clothing with a camp logo. This establishes a pseudo-uniform policy, and serves as a great marketing tool. When kids wear camp clothing year-round at school and in their communities, it demonstrates tremendous pride in a camp. This clothing also helps with camper retention. Because camp clothing is a direct reflection on your brand, it must be managed efficiently and effectively.     Define The Brand What … Continue reading

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Make A Healthy Plate

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Whether conquering a fear of heights by trying the high ropes, swimming in a lake for the first time, or tasting a new food, camp is a place for kids to learn, grow, and experience new adventures. At Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio, campers do all those things, plus learn how to count carbohydrates, check their own blood sugar, and give themselves their own shot of insulin. Camp Ho Mita Koda is the oldest camp in the nation … Continue reading

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Crafty Campers

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Let’s face it–almost every young camper has made a Popsicle-stick pencil holder, but there comes a time for them to try their hand at some slightly different (and easy) craft projects. Here are some ideas that allow kids to be creative and make something they probably haven’t made before.  Tic-Tac-Toe Bugs Set out 100 or so plastic spoons. Fill each spoon with Plaster of Paris. Add a piece of yarn or embroidery floss to the wet plaster to form antennas. … Continue reading

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