Category Archives: Programming

Get A Move On

Get everybody moving with these fun, active games! Photo Courtesy Of Jared Knight

Before campers file in this summer, gather supplies for the following games, which are sure to be a hit. After all, what kids can resist setting off mouse traps and playing with slime? Remote Control In teams of two, one person is the robot and the other person stands behind him or her to direct the robot’s direction of travel. The person controlling the robot gives a tap on the back for “go” and two taps for “stop.” The controller … Continue reading

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Jungle Mania Pong

A new twist on table tennis. Photo Courtesy Of Philip Geissal

Looking for a game that is fun for all ages? Jungle Mania Pong does not require the skills of a gifted athlete, or expensive equipment. Using some concentration and memory skills, one can play this game for pure entertainment or as a teambuilding exercise during staff training. Either approach gets participants up and moving without hesitation. Just grab a paddle and see what all the fuss is about! Number of Players: six to 15 Equipment: A table surface with a … Continue reading

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The Psychology Of Programming

It's not enough to know how to shoot the arrow; it's important to know why. Courtesy Of Sasamat Outdoor Centre

Every person on the planet usually knows what he or she does. This seems to be the easy part; it’s in the manual. But how about an honest and often unasked question: Why do they do what they do? Why do they get up in the morning? And when thinking about your own camp, why does your organization exist? Over the last 15 years, the children’s-camp industry has been in a state of change. The end point is not entirely … Continue reading

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Username: Outdoors

With a little imagination, you can turn the mysterious outdoors into something magical. Photo courtesy of The Arc of Dauphin County

Having directed children’s camps all of my adult life, and now having hit my mid-50s, I have noticed a paradigm shift in the way campers and their families perceive the great outdoors. In my own days of childhood recreation and leisure time, nothing–I mean nothing–beat going outside to play. In fact, I was out there in all sorts of weather, year-round, until dark, every day. In my quest, I explored the local woods, fields, and waterways. My particular interest was … Continue reading

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Good Horse Sense

Riders are all smiles when they take the necessary precautions. Photo courtesy of Certified Horsemanship Association

Campers’ experiences with horses run the gamut: There are those who are very comfortable and have been riding since they can remember, and then there are those who are experiencing riding for the first time. Whatever the case, it’s never a waste of time to remind campers how to stay safe around their equine friends. 1. Make sure campers wear ASTM/SEI-approved riding helmets–not bike or ski helmets–and that they are fitted correctly. 2. Require campers to wear boots when they groom, … Continue reading

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