Category Archives: May/Jun 02

Project Sampling

Following are a few projects provided by Karen Holbrook, director of marketing and product development for Janlynn Corporation, Indian Orchard, Mass. Related Article: The Art of Arts & Crafts Silk Painting Great kids project because it’s so easy to do. Small projects like cards, hankies and sun catchers take less than an hour to do. Using silk paints, the crafter just touches a loaded brush to the silk, and the paint flows to the design outline and stops. It’s a … Continue reading

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Orient Before Orientation

Starting at a new camp is a difficult challenge to accept. Whether you’re a counselor, a program director or a new camp director there’s a lot to be done and a lot to be learned. Orientation for new staff and directors is essential to make them feel more comfortable. First Impressions The first camp I attended as a counselor began with arriving on the property with my two best friends. No one greeted us; in fact, no one was in … Continue reading

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Creative Impulses

Designing camp programming with CAMP in mind. Creative Applied Material Planned Effective camp programming demands Creativity, appropriate Application (teaching methodology), Material that is relevant, and careful Planning. All of these characteristics must be considered, in conjunction with an understanding of the audience (group level) expected to experience the content. Use Your Sources Ideas for programming come from many sources: Current events; recurring local, regional, national and international events; various media; and life experiences. These and other topical subjects make for … Continue reading

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Problem Behavior at Camp

Our contemporary culture interprets antisocial, incompatible and abrasive behavior from a different perspective than in the “good old days” when conformity and a clear differentiation between acceptable and unacceptable behavior was more clearly defined. Some of the factors include the permissiveness and over-indulgence of some parents with their children in an affluent society, the possible use of drugs and alcohol, and other modern cultural problems. The trick is determining the difference between destructive and constructive behavior, and when this behavior … Continue reading

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Hand-Me-Down Traditions

Putting my hand on my son’s shoulder, I watched the muddy waters of the engorged creek behind our house carry sticks and other natural debris to the tributaries and streams headed for Lake Erie and remembered years gone by. Back then we knew spring had arrived for good when all the kids on my cul-de-sac headed for the culvert at the end of the street and the season’s first official boat race. At first, our “boats” were just sticks and … Continue reading

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