Category Archives: Oct 05

What for WiFi

Don’t you just love all the technological acronyms floating around these days? It’s almost like being in the army… “Hey, my PDA is AWOL!” One of the latest of these wonderful abbreviations is WiFi. What’s WiFi? I guess it’s kind of like High-Fi, short for high fidelity, but the Wi stands for wireless. Actually, the long-winded term is Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), but everyone seems to like WiFi better, maybe because you can dance to it. But the bigger … Continue reading

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Staff Recruitment – Beyond the Resume

If you’ve never hired someone who didn’t work out, or never had vacancies when summer started, then don’t bother reading this. Still reading? Then you already know that finding enough staff, and more importantly, finding the right staff, is the most important task you’ll accomplish all year. We’d all like to think we have a gut instinct on picking the right people, yet we all get fooled. Here’s the most ironic part… Not only do we get fooled by hiring … Continue reading

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Me a Mentor?

“I was the only one…I felt all alone…Not a single person said hi to me…” These are all words that we, as camp directors, hope we never hear come out of the mouths of our campers or staff as they reflect upon their experience at camp. Camps are known as friendly places. However, counselors and campers do sometimes slip through the cracks as their needs go unnoticed. Having mentors for both campers and counselors at camp can help foster a … Continue reading

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Day to Day

This year’s Staff of the Year works hard every day at Fort Meigs YMCA Day Camp. Sara Perna does the little things every day to give the kids in her care that something special that only camp can deliver. Fort Meigs YMCA Day Camp serves the Perrysburg/Toledo, Ohio, area, and sees a gamut of kids from all backgrounds. Earlier this year, we received the following from one of the parents who entrusted their child’s care to Perna and the day … Continue reading

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How to Help

ABBEVILLE, La. — When it became apparent that Katrina was drawing a bead on New Orleans as the giant hurricane approached land in late August, few — if any of us — were prepared for the aftermath. It is not melodramatic to say that its effect on New Orleans and surrounding parishes and on southern Mississippi and Alabama was unprecedented and indescribable. The effects as of press time in early September, as they’re surely to still be when you receive … Continue reading

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