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Regrouping For Youth

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Freshen up your day camp or after-school program with these new ideas:  Lego Battles Legos are making a huge comeback with themes such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, and even dolls like Belville. Investing in Lego sets and tables is hardly minor movet–and one that’s not in the budget–so get the kids involved. Ask each child to bring his or her Lego sets to create … Continue reading

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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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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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Harnessing The Power Of Nature

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Few experiences go together as well as wilderness and adventure when kids are involved. It’s virtually a genetic, almost magnetic pull, even when most children and young adults don’t even know what ”wilderness” is on a practical level. The Road To Wilderness My own journey began in the mountains of upstate New York, and then through an extended apprenticeship with Tom Brown, Jr., in 1984. I was 20 years old, and the thirst for learning Native American wilderness-survival skills was … Continue reading

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