Category Archives: Jan/Feb 2013

Access To Programs

You can help a child and his family determine if your camp is the best one for him. © Can Stock Photo Inc./lisafx

Since Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)[i], with some exceptions[ii], generally requires integrated access to programs for individuals with disabilities, camps and other outdoor programs have faced several challenges. Importantly, campers seeking access may or may not have a legally protected disability. They may nonetheless have a significant health issue, or simply not be ready or willing to handle what the programs have to offer. This article examines the value in developing Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) for … Continue reading

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Get A Move On

Get everybody moving with these fun, active games! Photo Courtesy Of Jared Knight

Before campers file in this summer, gather supplies for the following games, which are sure to be a hit. After all, what kids can resist setting off mouse traps and playing with slime? Remote Control In teams of two, one person is the robot and the other person stands behind him or her to direct the robot’s direction of travel. The person controlling the robot gives a tap on the back for “go” and two taps for “stop.” The controller … Continue reading

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Jungle Mania Pong

A new twist on table tennis. Photo Courtesy Of Philip Geissal

Looking for a game that is fun for all ages? Jungle Mania Pong does not require the skills of a gifted athlete, or expensive equipment. Using some concentration and memory skills, one can play this game for pure entertainment or as a teambuilding exercise during staff training. Either approach gets participants up and moving without hesitation. Just grab a paddle and see what all the fuss is about! Number of Players: six to 15 Equipment: A table surface with a … Continue reading

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The Psychology Of Programming

It's not enough to know how to shoot the arrow; it's important to know why. Courtesy Of Sasamat Outdoor Centre

Every person on the planet usually knows what he or she does. This seems to be the easy part; it’s in the manual. But how about an honest and often unasked question: Why do they do what they do? Why do they get up in the morning? And when thinking about your own camp, why does your organization exist? Over the last 15 years, the children’s-camp industry has been in a state of change. The end point is not entirely … Continue reading

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Fight For The Right To Camp

Editor’s Note  This year we thought we’d shake things up and let a “Guest Editor” take a whack at programming an issue of their choice—from their perspective. This issue, Rick Braschler of Kanakuk Kamps reminisces about the “old days” in the industry and provides an aquatic programming idea that is sure to be a hit at any camp. Next month, Todd Lennig of YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch, Mich., takes a look at waterfront programming and shares his knowledge … Continue reading

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