Category Archives: Sep/Oct 02

Community Storehouse

CAMP SNAPSHOT YMCA Storer Camps Napoleon, Mich. www.ymcastorercamps.org First-Timers weekend summer camp (second graders): $158 One-week summer camp: $430-$450 Two-week summer camp: $780-$880 (Prices vary depending on the program the camper is enrolled in and when they register) Related Article: On The Ball Year-Round Do you believe in miracles? At YMCA Storer Camps, located on 1,200 acres of lakefront property in Napoleon, Mich., they certainly do. Glen King, who’s now vice president of camping services for the YMCA of Greater … Continue reading

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The Recognition Factor

One of the most difficult management skills to learn is recognizing and appreciating staff. As directors we focus our energy on being effective and safe managers. We prepare to discipline and create an environment where our rules and discipline reign supreme. We know that this structure creates an air of respect and further ensures the safety of our campers. But we need to remember how we actually deliver this environment and safe place for children… Through our staff. They need … Continue reading

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Teaching Teachers

During summer vacation last year, I was walking along the beach and observed some counselors and campers from a nearby day camp. The younger campers were involved in the traditional “Steal the Bacon”, while the older kids were playing volleyball. What was disturbing to me was not what they were playing but how and why. How many of the campers were really physically active? How many were really having “fun”? What was going through the mind of the little girl … Continue reading

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On The Ball Year-Round

YMCA Storer Camps offers a programming smorgasbord that goes far beyond what is traditionally an encompassing camp experience. Related Article: Community Storehouse Summer campers have a bevy of activities to choose from — including waterfront (non-motorized — sailing, kayaking and canoeing, among others), horseback riding (the camp has three equestrian facilities), outdoor adventure, environmental programs and outdoor adventure programs. The camp also organizes 12 off-site trips with its Adventure Out-Tripping Program, and is looking at adding a parent-child trip, among … Continue reading

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Post-Camp Check-Up

Pre-camp planning and implementation are of significant importance in order for the campers, parents, staff and camp administration to have a successful camp season! From the day that camp closes to June of the next year the camp director’s responsibilities continue. Though many of the enclosed recommendations below are well known, written reminders can be helpful. As camp days “dwindle down to a precious few”, memories of the summer experience are magnified by the campers and staff at the closing … Continue reading

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