Category Archives: Issues

Healthy Competition Is Not An Oxymoron

As a psychologist who works with schools and camps around the world, I am often asked whether competition is good or bad. Proponents of competition speak fondly of their athletic victories and about wanting the same experiences for the young people they serve. Competition, they say, builds character. It’s a competitive world out there, so we had better prepare our children.  Some critics of competition want every child to feel like a winner—always. Or, they want no child to feel … Continue reading

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The Quest to Provide “Healthy” Food

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In the summer of 2013, staff members of Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo., were confronted with a challenge—the frequency of requests for food that was gluten-free was leading to chaos in the dining hall. A menu traditionally skewed toward calories, carbohydrates, and fats was truly out of sync with a society fighting obesity, a clientele striving to lead a fit lifestyle, and an organizational mantra of good health. Lessons the Kanakuk staff learned on its quest to change the paradigm … Continue reading

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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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Get A Jump On Next Summer

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For most camps, autumn is the time to take a deep breath and recover. Sure, you might still need to manage weekend programs and facility rentals, and holiday camps are about to begin, but nothing in the fall involves the intense commitment of summer-camp planning, registration, and management.  While it’s tempting to put off thinking about next year’s camps, October and November are actually the perfect time to strategize in order to make registration and administration easier for camp families … Continue reading

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