Category Archives: Programming

Unscheduled Time

Photos Courtesy of Trail Blazer Camps

If the term “decentralized camping” is Googled, you will find a wealth of papers and books dedicated to the subject, yet you would be hard-pressed to find many current programs or camps that utilize this approach. After 150 years of summer camp, this philosophy apparently has all but vanished from the diverse world of camps.  The original idea was developed in the early 1920s by Lois Goodrich and Dr. L.B. Sharp at Life Camps (later to become Trail Blazer Camps), … Continue reading

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Activities Bubbly Water Slide We make a ‘water slide’ for the July Fourth weekend … kids love it! The water comes right from the well so it’s freezing cold, but even so, the kids just love it and line up. To add a little bit of fun, we add bubble-bath mix to the water so when the kids reach the base of the water slide, there is a small catchment pool with loads of foamy suds. Betty Taylor Beaver Spring … 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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Secrets For Success

While it may be easy to
train people in skills
such as archery,
training people to think of others can be difficult.
Photos Courtesy Of YMCA Of Arlington, Texas

All kids need a little camp in their lives! The fellowship and joy of the camp experience  must be made available to as many children as possible. Currently, too many children spend too much time looking at TV or other screens, and not enough time with others. Camp involves playing outside in the fresh air and learning to get along with other children. The experience may include swimming, making crafts from items one might never have thought of using, and … Continue reading

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