Category Archives: Feb 06

Asbestos-Free Crafts

It was the early summer of 1990, and a time of innocence in the craft world. A time when I had the greatest intention of running high quality, safe day camps in ten locations throughout the city. I eagerly planned goofy games, trained staff and sought out creative activities. While planning the craft program, I came across a book describing a great project called Asbestos Papier Mache. The directions read, “Mix 5 pounds asbestos with 3 cups water to create … Continue reading

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Holistic Branding & Technology

Holistic branding… It’s more than just a New Age term. It’s a big picture view of your camp’s marketing, a way of making sure that all the parts of your marketing work together. It refers to the simple practice of making sure that each aspect of your marketing effort reflects back and strengthens each other. Each aspect, each piece of the marketing puzzle should fit harmoniously together to create a cohesive and effective whole that is stronger and more effective … Continue reading

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Challenges often lead to compulsion. In other words, it’s quite easy to overreact to any challenge that faces you, and do the rash thing first, then clean it up later. Unfortunately, this approach (which I’ve taken myself, much to my long-term chagrin) is often inefficient and doomed to failure, creating more challenges in its wake. What I’ve found through talking out the day-to-day and big-picture challenges that often confront children’s camp professionals, whether it has to do with budgets, programming, … Continue reading

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The Heart of Surfing

For outdoor sport enthusiasts raised on the Warren Miller series of ski films and titles like On Any Sunday (dedicated to motorcycle racing), the granddaddy of them all has to be The Endless Summer. This travelogue tome to surfing, released in 1966, would set the tone for all others that would follow. Swirling in and amongst the surfing swell popularized by The Endless Summer was Dr. Dorian Paskowitz. By the time The Endless Summer was released, Paskowitz had already been … Continue reading

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