Category Archives: Jan/Feb 2013


Field Notes Eldorado Climbing Walls, a company that specializes in climbing wall design and construction, appointed Jerad Wells to Chief Executive Officer. He has been with the company since 2008 as Director of Sales and Business Development. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the Sales team, in addition to Design and Production. SNAG Golf (‘Starting New At Golf’), a first-touch player-development program designed for new learners of all ages, has signed an agreement to partner with the … Continue reading

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Campers Vs. Staff Members

It's all fun and games--but the staff will eventually lose! Photo Courtesy Of Camp Rivercrest

In the camp world, there are two conflicting philosophies on games. Is competition healthy, or should everyone be a winner? No matter where one stands on the issue, pitting campers against staff members will provide healthy competition, as well as a team victory when campers win. Getting staff members involved in games is an ideal way to demonstrate how to be role models. They can show campers how to be active and how to use teamwork, and when the staff … Continue reading

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Am I Oversharing?

Your young staff needs some coaching in what is appropriate to say, do and share with campers. © Can Stock Photo Inc./Goodluz

Part I: Questions To Ask Before Show and Tell Hey, kids, gather ‘round. Let me tell you what I did on my night off, how far my romance has gone, and what I really think about the camp director. I can also explain those marks on my wrists from that time I was really depressed, and can advise you on which perfumes and colognes turn on the opposite sex. Or not. Preserving professional boundaries can be difficult for camp staff … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Slide!

You, too, can create a camp Slip 'N Slide. Photo Courtesy Of Kanakuk Kamps

What do 214 feet of pure, liquid awesomeness feel like when it’s 105 degrees outside and you’re zooming downhill with your arms stretched out like Superman, being sprayed by a hundred streaming water spouts and landing in a bodacious, cataclysmic splashdown? Answer: Cardiac Falls at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo. Cardiac Falls is one of three Slip ‘n Slides to grace the grounds of Kanakuk in recent years. And, as the heat indexes of the last two summers have plagued … Continue reading

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Auction unique camp experiences. Photos Courtesy Of Camp Augusta

As most people are already aware, there are numerous ways to pepper campers with elements of wonder and surprise. Since children are often observers or mildly engaged in activities that have a pre-determined path, it is important to provide experiences that have numerous outcomes and avenues. One avenue to incorporate elements of wish, wonder, and surprise is via a staff-led auction. Essentially, campers obtain tokens individually or by cabin/group during a game, and then use those tokens to buy a … Continue reading

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