Category Archives: Jan/Feb 2012

Day Camp Excursions

Kids + water = camp fun!

Day camps are big business with fierce competition. Sports camps, YMCA and YWCA camps, recreation departments, churches, and community camps are all vying for the interest and attention of parents and children. The more quality activities a camp can offer, the more likely it will be a first choice for families. What makes a day camp most attractive? Water! Exactly what the allure is when it comes to water remains a mystery, but there is no doubt it is an … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Clever In The Kitchen Meal themes are a great way to bring a group together. Here are just a couple ideas to get your creative juices flowing: • A to Z lunch–Have a buffet that serves every letter of the alphabet from drinks to desserts • Breakfast for dinner • Medieval meal–Dine without utensils • Clue meal–Solve the riddles to move from station to station to get to your meal • Masquerade lunch–Decorate masks and wear them while you eat … Continue reading

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Powers Of Persuasion

Camp directors are often limited in advertising funds and must make decisions annually to determine how to get the most for their money. Before deciding where to direct marketing efforts, it is important to identify who influences the decision as to whether or not a child attends camp. In a study of fifth- through eighth-graders in Arizona, Wendy Hultsman found that parental influence was perceived as a greater influence than other groups (other significant adults and peers) in the decision … Continue reading

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One-To-One

As I approached the entrance to the gym, I glanced at my watch and breathed a sigh of relief. It was 6:55 p.m.–which meant my son and I had a full five minutes to get inside, find the rest of our family and settle in to enjoy the always entertaining fifth-grade Christmas recital. Like years past, this recital featured a passel of nervous kids performing–a skill only some of them actually had in front of a large audience. As I … Continue reading

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Tune In

Ten years ago, if someone wanted to get ideas for a camp program, staff training or marketing plan, one would need to attend training sessions, read some books, or contact other camp directors. While all of these are still great ways to attain knowledge and information, there’s a group of camp professionals that is using the Internet to share knowledge, experience and creativity with the camp community. There are a number of websites, blogs, Facebook pages and YouTube channels geared … Continue reading

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