Category Archives: Feb 05

Getting to Know You

Activities, activities, and more activities is how we accomplish all that we do in the camping industry! Name games, team building and get-to-know-you games allow us to get inside the group dynamics of kids, campers, adults and retreat groups. The beauty of these tools is how adaptable they are. There is not one activity or game that cannot be modified for whatever audience you are planning to work with. The following examples are games and activities that we use with … Continue reading

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Sports Programming Twist

You’ve scheduled a family fun afternoon at the local park. Staff encourages participants to play softball. Bor-r-ring. It’s time for the first “real” game for the pee-wee soccer camp. Parents and siblings wait 45 minutes for the games to start. Bor-r-r-ing. Fifteen children register for the Kid’s Kraft class. The first project involves coloring a page from a coloring book. Bor-r-r-ing. Learning is Fun Adults and children have numerous opportunities for sports and recreational fun — personal fitness trainers, swim … Continue reading

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Lock it Up

Whether you are considering a major renovation or brand new facility for your camp business, you will thank yourself later if you research how your locker and restrooms can best meet your campers’ and staff members’ needs. When you think about it, the importance of instilling confidence that your camp business is professionally run is communicated through what people see. Just about everyone who visits or stays at your camp will use one of your restrooms. Whether it is a … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Instruction

I remember when I was young and went with my dad to the local university book store to buy his first calculator. The device, which was something I’d never seen before, was about the size of a paperback book, had red-lined readout, could do the basic arithmetic functions and cost almost $70. Now when you go to a conference or trade show some vendors give you a credit card sized calculator. Just as the calculator has changed in size and … Continue reading

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Beyond the Mainstream

CAMP SNAPSHOT Camp Ho Mita Koda Newbury, Ohio www.camphomitakoda.org Sessions: Summer, seven weeks Cost: $350 for a five-day session, $750 for a 12-day session Ohio may be known as a place where presidential candidates clash, but it’s also home to a camp that fights another type of conflict. The place is Camp Ho Mita Koda, and the battle is against diabetes. Founded in scenic Newbury, Ohio, less than an hour east of Cleveland, the camp recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. … Continue reading

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