Category Archives: Nov/Dec 02

Off-Season Prep

In an industry designed to be the fun makers for children and families, liability is always the watching monster hanging over us that we need to keep fed with protection and risk management. The good thing about liability is that it keeps us vigilant in trying to be safer for our most valued commodity‚Ķ the children. This is the best time of year to pull out your risk management plans and the summer’s evaluations. If you don’t have a risk … Continue reading

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Sailing the Seas

CAMP SNAPSHOT Camp Sea Gull (boys’ camp)/Camp Seafarer (girls’ camp) Arapahoe, N.C. Four-week term (ages 7-16): $2,775 One-week starter camp (ages 6-9): $600 (Sea Gull/Seafarer also offers international traveling programs and specialty camps at various price levels) Running a successful camp is about mixing the right ingredients, in the right order, in the right way. Or, for sailors, it’s about blending a skilled skipper and crew with a sturdy ship. Cille Griffith found that each ingredient in camp has … Continue reading

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Ice Capades

When I was young, Mr. Rupich (commonly known as Jeff’s Dad) was my hero. Heck, he was a hero to all of us kids on that little cul-de-sac in southern Wisconsin. The nine of us spent the month of November (and sometimes December) with one eye on the thermostat and the other on Jeff’s sliding patio door. When Jeff’s Dad appeared, cold beer in his right hand and a green garden hose in his left, we knew winter had finally … Continue reading

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Polymer Clay the Easy Way

Polymer clay is a wonderful medium for craft projects because you do not need a kiln to fire the clay. Polymer clay is the generic term for a family of man-made clays that are supple and pliable until baked, at which time the clay will become permanently hard. With a low baking temperature of no higher than 265 degrees F the clay can be baked in a regular home oven or toaster oven. Polymer clay is a polyvinyl chloride compound … Continue reading

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Many camp directors are cultivating a healthier bottom line by expanding their programming beyond the traditional summer season. Offering camp programming to athletic teams is a target market that can pay great dividends as an entrepreneurial business venture. However, there are several key factors that should be considered to ensure that “teambuilding at camp” can be a winning combination for both the camp director and athletic teams. The Benefits Team cohesion is all about how a team works together, how … Continue reading

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