Category Archives: Programming

No Props—No Problem

Let partners take turns being in the driver's seat during the Trust Drive. 
Photos Courtesy Jim Cain

For those moments when you have plenty of time and space, but absolutely no equipment, here are four activities to help create something wonderful. The Invisible Obstacle Course This warm-up activity is half-creativity and half-physical fitness. Each small group creates an imaginary obstacle course, with group members crawling, jumping, running, and helping each other through the obstacles they encounter. A volunteer in each group begins the activity. After each element, leadership changes, and another member describes an obstacle, and then … Continue reading

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Outdoor Education Programs

Photos Courtesy Brian Thomas, Plano Texas schools

Sometimes known as outdoor school, school camping, outdoor education, or environmental education, a Residential Outdoor Environmental Education (ROEE) program is not summer camp, and it’s not school; it’s the best of both. In general, ROEE programs are longer field trips for school groups. The majority of the programs serve 5th and 6th graders, but most programs work with any age. Usually, camps and retreat centers contract with schools to provide classes that fit into a basic schedule; the classes are … Continue reading

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From Pop Culture To Camp Culture


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

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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

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