Category Archives: Jan/Feb 02

Sport Psyching

Think back to a time in your life when you made an embarrassing mistake… Locking your keys in the car while it was still running, racing to a staff meeting to be on time, only to find out that the meeting was scheduled for the day before, or, an athlete’s worst nightmare, scoring a goal for the opposing team. Whatever the mistake was, think about what you said the moment you realized the mistake. Were you kind or cruel? Were … Continue reading

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2002 Skate Park Survey

As one long-time camp director said recently, “The camp basics are the same, but the recreational intensity has increased.” Inundated with ESPN’s X Games, Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power and the ubiquitous extreme sports genre, American youth has become infatuated with the most accessible of the loosely-bound extreme sports, skateboarding. Skateboarding is relatively inexpensive and the rudimentary mechanics are fairly simple. Make no mistake, scooters are a fad; skateboarding is here to stay. Besides, you can’t do tricks on scooters, but a … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Programming

My daughter squealed with delight as the black plastic wheels of our vintage Little Tykes Cozy Coupe lost their grip on the basement floor and sent us careening into the cement block wall. My son, skating too close behind to stop, crashed into my legs and we all fell to the ground in a pile of arms, helmets and laughter. It was a scene ripped from my childhood in lower Wisconsin. Whenever the temperature dropped too low to play outside, … Continue reading

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Playing the Game

When youngsters enter a physical activity in the schoolyard, gymnasium or camp environment, one question seems to flood their minds… When are we going to play the game? Here are some helpful hints to get the kids playing games and make the games aspect of their camp experience an exercise in discovery as well as a time for unbridled fun. The key to immediate engagement in the game is simple… Play it first, teach it second. How can the children … Continue reading

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Brainstorming

Programming is the essential ingredient for every camp, and counselors should play an important role. It is imperative to have a formulated plan that will be followed closely. Of course, adjustments and adaptations will need to be made because things do not always go as planned; it’s part of life. But the plans and programs are important ways to achieve the goals and objectives. During my summer camp experience, teaching the campers new life skills and allowing them to be … Continue reading

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