Category Archives: Jan/Feb 11

The Beauties Of Camp Duties

Promotional materials for most day- and resident camps tout a sense of community and increased self-reliance as outcomes. Naturally, the materials highlight the camp’s facilities and activities, but few mention work duties, such as sweeping floors, folding clothes, cleaning restrooms, raking leaves, or collecting firewood. This seems odd, considering that when organized camping began to flourish in the late 1800s and early 1900s, progressive educators emphasized the importance of rugged experiences that young people themselves helped to create. So adamant … Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing As A Special Diet

Cooking “nuggets” five different ways for one camp meal can be a challenge–especially when the spoon from one batch can’t touch the spoon from another batch. With the growth of food allergies and special diets, camp food supervisors may go crazy. With a little creativity, Camp For All–a special-needs camp in Texas–has simplified the process, and the campers, camp staff and food-services staff all are benefiting. The growing number of special diets that need to be provided at camps today … Continue reading

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Retreat With The SMERF Market

Want to increase retreat business? Follow the SMERF acronym to identify the major players in this sector: • Social • Military • Educational • Religious • Fraternal Combined, this market is an $87- to $94-billion industry. However, camps only pick up 11 percent of this business, even though they stand to gain so much by targeting and actively recruiting these organizations. Key selling points for the SMERF market are the location of the camp in proximity to the organization, the … Continue reading

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Spice Up Programming

Editor’s Note: We invited readers to submit their most creative programming ideas to find out what keeps their camp ticking. After the submissions came pouring in, we knew we had several gems to share with Camp Business readers. Take a look and see if there’s anything you can use to spice up the upcoming camp season and thanks to everyone who participated! THEMES Ahoy, Maties! Special event days add a lot of zest to our two-week program and keep campers … Continue reading

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Campfire Songs

Galaxy Sing-A-Long Sing to the tune Frère Jacques (The group is divided into three groups that sing in three staggered rounds.) R2D2, R2D2 (Singers rock back and forth like a stationary machine) C3PO, C3PO (Singers move like a robot) Obi Wan Kenobi, Obi Wan Kenobi (Singers run their hands down a pretend braid of the hair) Han Solo, Han Solo (Singers put their hands together like a pretend ray gun) If You’re Happy And You Know It–You’re A Monkey If … Continue reading

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