Category Archives: Mar/Apr 07

The Healing Power of Camp

“Superheroes sometimes come in small packages.” So reads the tagline on the GiantKids Web site, a testament to the spirit and philosophy of this New York State charity helping to serve the needs and hopes and dreams of ill children and their families in communities throughout the state. In support of this mission, Ivan and Karla Bellotto, owners of Camp Kiwi in Mahopac, N.Y., throw open the doors of their camp each year for “Camp Days”–a daylong opportunity for some … Continue reading

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Building For The Future

You’ll see them at the major entrances into our hometown–in the Wal-Mart parking lot on the north side, in front of Hawkins Market on the west side, and at the Antique Mall shopping center on the east side–stacks of picnic tables with a For Sale sign. The tables have been a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 507 since 1986, allowing the scouts to earn their own “high adventure” trips–experiences that bring the boys deep into nature and as far as … Continue reading

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The State of Camping at KOA

“Camping” means different things to different people. To those trekking the Appalachian Trail, it means backpacks and periodic town stops to pick up supplies and mail. To others, it means putting the tent and family in the car and heading for a weekend destination. To children’s camps, it means coupling tradition, education and faith with traditional outdoor experiences. Then there are those who head to the garage or barn, insert the key and drive off in their recreational vehicle–some for … Continue reading

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From Alarming to Charming!

In the not-too-distant past, the daily family dinner served the dual purpose of feeding and connecting with the family. It was also an important teaching moment — the time and place where moms and dads modeled and taught basic social skills (how to eat, how to hold a conversation, how to listen, etc.) to their children. Today, many of our family conversations are sabotaged by the technology we’ve all come to rely on — television, cell phones, and computers — … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff … And Getting It Done Before Summer

Quick! What are the most important tasks your facility crew, program staff, administration and foodservice must accomplish before this summer? I’ll make you a safe bet–you won’t get them all done. The complete success of your camp this year depends not so much on what you put on your list, but what things you actually accomplish. You have limited resources, the most limited being time and money. How do you set priorities? What should you put on the top of … Continue reading

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