Category Archives: Nov/Dec 06

The Picking Pile

There I sat, comfortably settled into the black cushions of the backless, overstuffed sofa in the children’s section of our spanking-new Border’s bookstore. As usual, I was trying to accomplish two things at once–keep my promise to my youngest daughter, who wanted to look at Halloween books, and peruse a couple of baseball-coaching books I’d been eyeing, but hadn’t yet built up the courage to buy. Of course, we all know it’s impossible to do two things at once– despite … Continue reading

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Choosing A Challenge Course Vendor

Related Article: Camp Facilities Development – Another Viewpoint Here are some questions the folks at the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) suggest you ask prospective challenge course vendors: 1. Is the vendor insured for general liability and for completed operations or product liability? Are all employees and agents covered by workers compensation insurance? Are all vehicles adequately covered? Can they produce policy copies or a certificate of insurance if requested? 2. Does the vendor have at least five-years of … Continue reading

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Camp Facilities Development – Another Viewpoint

Editor’s Note: Sylvia Dresser, executive director of the Association for Challenge Course Technology and long-time experiential educator, contacted us after reading a story we published on page 22 of the July issue of Camp Business which posed the question: “Is a challenge course a good investment?” Sylvia felt the article, while factual, didn’t dig deep enough into some of the issues involved in this decision and offered to write a follow-up article. Here’s her response… Related Article: Choosing A Challenge … Continue reading

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Community Exchange Programs

If you ask some of our campers how they earned their spot at camp this year, they might say they tried their best to “be good” during the year. Eleven-year-old Taylor Bowling would say, “I prepared and served three needy families Thanksgiving dinner.” She also might mention cooking and serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital. Community Exchange Program Bowling, a camper at YMCA Camp Ernst participated in our Community Exchange program. The program is designed … Continue reading

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Doesn’t Everyone Love Camp?

When it comes to raising children, controversy abounds. Should toddlers watch TV? Is it better to spank or use time-out? Public school or private? Day camp or residential? All of these issues are personal. Personal decisions. Personal values. Perfectly understandable. But camp things? I never thought doing camp-type activities with my family could stir up a cross-country debate challenging my personal parenting style. After all, don’t all parents think camp is a positive experience? Apparently not. Reality Show? As a … Continue reading

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