Category Archives: Jan/Feb 07

Water Trails

Winding its way through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine, the new 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail offers both the casual and expert paddler a unique window into the very heart and soul of this historic region. The new water trail, a loose connection of 22 rivers/streams and 56 lakes/ponds, follows ancient Native American travel routes through 45 towns and three nature refuges in a land, it seems, time forgot. A land dotted with symbols of where we … Continue reading

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Under the Stars

It’s a rite of passage, that first night under the stars, snuggled in tight next to your mom or dad, trying to sort out the scary, unfamiliar sounds outside your tent. Like fishing or baseball, camping is one of those things every kid enjoys and every adult enjoys passing along. In fact, according to the Travel Industry Association, “One third of U.S. adults say they have gone on a camping vacation in the last five years, making it the number … Continue reading

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Trails to Nowhere

Not in Douglas County, Colorado, where trails, and the things you do on them, remain as popular as ever. Trails, or more precisely the things you do on them — walking, bird watching, bike riding, jogging, roller blading, cross-country skiing, hiking, talking and so on — are some of the most popular and least expensive activities in the country (and possibly the world). That’s a big statement, but survey after survey returned to parks and recreation departments nation-wide echo its … Continue reading

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Brave New World of Marketing

Things sure change quickly. Fifteen years ago, way back in 1991, how many summer camps had a Web site? How many even had access to the Internet? Maybe we were fooling around with Prodigy or Compuserve (anyone remember them?), but for the most part the Net was something for the science-club crowd. But the Internet has proven to be an invaluable tool for most summer camps, and for many, the Web site is the best, first and most efficient way … Continue reading

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Backward Day

On August 16, 2006, YMCA Camp Ernst campers and counselors woke to the lovely sound of taps, put their clothes on inside-out, lowered the flag, listened to announcements, ate dessert, ate dinner and finished the meal by singing grace. At 10 a.m., they reported to the flagpole for their evening program. You might be thinking we just plain lost it or warped into some weird camp-version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day, but in reality it was all planned, a skewed … Continue reading

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