Category Archives: Nov/Dec 01

Classroom Connection

In my son’s school there is a large banner that reads, “High Expectations = High Achievement.” Applied appropriately, setting high standards for children will enhance their academic and athletic performance. Coaches often use goal-setting to set standards of achievement for athletes of all ages. Coaching and teaching have many similarities. Teachers develop lesson plans with activities that are tied to a curriculum. Classroom curriculum is developed age-appropriately for children within the classroom setting. Coaches develop coaching sessions keeping in mind … Continue reading

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Sensitive Subject

Death is extremely difficult to deal with at any time in your life, but it’s especially tough and complex at a young age. Because parents and their children are separated during the camp season, the emotional distress that can be experienced by a camper or staff member when they learn about the death of a relative or friend is compounded. When confronted with this situation, parents often ask the camp director, “Should I tell him/her over the telephone or in … Continue reading

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Off-Season Risk Management

No one would argue that every camp doesn’t need to have an inclusive insurance policy to guard against all kinds of catastrophe. This is a given. What isn’t a given is the infinite risk factors that exist beyond what an insurance policy or state agency requires to mitigate that risk. So how do you take effective steps to cover your bases, and ensure a happy and accident-free camp season? The overwhelming response to this question, answered by three successful camp … Continue reading

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Summer of Surprises

Nine months are spent planning, recruiting, stocking inventory, and training. Then it happens… summertime. The kids arrive and with them arrives all the fun, worries and unexpected changes to all of your goals and plans. Summer camp can be one of the most vivacious occupations and wildest animals to manage. Try this for some unexpected challenges… Three days after staff training, four counselors break almost every rule they were drilled about during training. Your head chef walks out of her … Continue reading

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Winding Down & Winding Up

Time seems to stand still each fall. The last campers and most staff have said their good byes, leaving an eerie quiet on campus. It’s easy to be lulled into a post-camp melancholy and consider hibernation, particularly given the international crisis precipitated by the tragic events of September 11, and the resulting domestic unease and economic uncertainty. In the aftermath many of us have learned to reevaluate our priorities. We have also learned that the breakneck, cavalier days of the … Continue reading

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