Category Archives: Jan/Feb 11

Get ‘Em On The Same Page

Cultivating cooperative, caring and compassionate staff members can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned camp director. While candidates may have exemplary backgrounds, solid leadership experience and superior activity-related skills, training them to coalesce and promote the camp’s values can be a challenge. At Cape Cod Sea Camps, a comprehensive orientation for staff members is held each summer. It is a combination of certification schools in which staff members are trained in CPR and first aid, activity clinics … Continue reading

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Alternative Adventures

At our summer day camp for children ages 5 to 12, we have had great success with inflatable water slides and obstacle courses to increase program activities without spending big money on new facilities. The 30-foot double-lane water slide cost less than $3,000 while the obstacle course cost less than $4,000. For a summer camp program for young children, these inflatable water slides and challenge courses are a big hit. Children in this age group will play on these structures … Continue reading

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Operation Purple Camp

This fall, millions of American children returned to school after a carefree summer break with family. Each year, the National Military Family Association sends children separated from their deployed parents to camp for a different type of break–one from the worries of war. These fun-filled Operation Purple Camps are meant to help the kids through a stressful time and honor their sacrifice. The association created the program in 2004 in response to parents’ requests to “help us help our kids.” … Continue reading

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We’ve covered a lot of ground in 11 years. In fact, if the more than 700 articles currently loaded to our Web site are any indication, you’d think we’ve explored most every nook and cranny of the camp business. But, of course, you would be wrong. Thanks to your energy, enthusiasm and creativity, the world of camp changes every day because it has to. In the 11 years we’ve published Camp Business, you’ve had to find a way to deal … Continue reading

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Looking Ahead To the Editor, Having just finished the 2010 camp season a couple of weeks ago and having just sweated out 5 days of 90+ degree temperatures here in the Northeast, I was just about ready to put this camp year behind me for a couple of months. Then you have to go and send along your September/October issue of Camp Business. I turned over the corners of the pages for “A Disc-Golf in the Woods” (sounds like a … Continue reading

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