Category Archives: Dec 04

S.O.S. for Camp Directors

Camp Manager Check List:  Decide on the type of training specific to your camp population.  Offer the course before camp begins for optimal retention of procedures.  Practice emergency action plan.  Keep course completion cards on file. Web Resources:  American Red Cross —  American Heart Association —  National Safety Council —  Defibrillator (AED) Article — Camp staff who are knowledgeable in CPR and first aid ensure a safe camp … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Survivor

Traditional Programs “It’s time to vote,” “You’re fired!” “Will you accept this rose?” are phrases that have become a big part of our recent television and pop culture. How do camps turn these themes into programming that helps us to bridge children from the television and into the natural, magical world of camp? I like to think it is by taking TV shows, movies and popular fads and re-constructing them to represent the values and good choices we want kids … Continue reading

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Seven Steps to Security

Years ago I had the pleasure of working for Rev. Richard Chamberlain, Director of Camp Merrowvista (an American Youth Foundation Camp) in Ossipee, N.H. One of my early values in camp management came from Dick (a former President of the American Camping Association), who shared with me (and others) that he never stopped being concerned about camper safety until the season was over and the campers had all left for home. When camp was over, one significant way Dick would … Continue reading

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Adapting to Needs

CAMP SNAPSHOT The Texas Lions Camp Kerrville, TX Sessions: Nine one-week summer sessions Cost: No charge for physical disabled or diabetic children Age: 7-16 years Nestled deep in the south-central hilly part of the Lone Star State, and only an hour from San Antonio, sits the historic exurbia town of Kerrville. This mid-size community has a river running through it, a thousand hills around it, a bounty of exotic wildlife in it, and the Texas Lions Camp next to … Continue reading

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Making Fitness Fun

Here are few ideas to get children more involved and keep their attention in a fitness program… • Have campers burn a music workout CD. • Set up a circuit training system with alternate activities between each strength training exercise. Alternate activities could be running a lap, riding an exercise bike for two minutes, throwing balls at a target, etc. • Have them answer trivia questions before moving to the next strength training station. Keep a tally of how many … Continue reading

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