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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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A Purposeful Climb

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Even though I grew up in southern California, water is not my favorite element. I enjoy rafting, but kayaking terrifies me. I’ve tried it once, and I’m willing to try it again, but it’s certainly not “my thing.” Land adventures are far more my speed. At CampBighorn in western Montana, where I work, there are two ropes courses—a higher and a lower—and two challenge elements called Jacob’s Ladder and the Vertical Playpen. These four elements—known as the Challenge Course—are my wheelhouse. I could spend every … Continue reading

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The Value of No/Low-Prop Initiative Games

Photo Courtesy of Ohio State University Extension

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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