Category Archives: Programming

From Pop Culture To Camp Culture

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Where else but at camp can one dress up as a favorite character and become part of an amazing event or story in a caring and safe environment? These types of activities and the use of one’s imagination are important parts of childhood, critical to development, which may often become lost in the hustle of modern times. The contemporary world is immersed in screens of all types: iPods, laptops, tablets, computers, TVs, phones, and even cinema. One bonus of attending … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Jul/Aug 2013, Programming | 1 Comment

Staffing Your Camp The Easy Way (Kind Of)

Tired of fighting for camp staff? Try growing your own.

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“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” – Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox Staffing our summer camp used to be a fierce, fierce competition. We would battle with other local camps when we added our booth to the line at the local college fair. We would battle camps … Continue reading

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Spinning Yarns

Spinning wool into yarn is one way to connect campers with nature and the past. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / joyfuldesigns

After several decades of resting in the corner of my living room–and basically serving as a decoration–my spinning wheel is back in use. I am again picking through sheep fleece, washing the wool, carding, and spinning it. I had forgotten how satisfying it is to transform wool into a yarn that can be used for knitting or weaving. I read recently that when we work with fibers from plants and animals, they connect us to the stories of the people … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, March/April 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Campers Vs. Staff Members

It's all fun and games--but the staff will eventually lose! Photo Courtesy Of Camp Rivercrest

In the camp world, there are two conflicting philosophies on games. Is competition healthy, or should everyone be a winner? No matter where one stands on the issue, pitting campers against staff members will provide healthy competition, as well as a team victory when campers win. Getting staff members involved in games is an ideal way to demonstrate how to be role models. They can show campers how to be active and how to use teamwork, and when the staff … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Sold!

Auction unique camp experiences. Photos Courtesy Of Camp Augusta

As most people are already aware, there are numerous ways to pepper campers with elements of wonder and surprise. Since children are often observers or mildly engaged in activities that have a pre-determined path, it is important to provide experiences that have numerous outcomes and avenues. One avenue to incorporate elements of wish, wonder, and surprise is via a staff-led auction. Essentially, campers obtain tokens individually or by cabin/group during a game, and then use those tokens to buy a … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Programming | Leave a comment