Category Archives: Jul/Aug 2011

The Nuts And Bolts Of A Challenge Course

Swages, fish plates, thimble-eye bolts and double-coil lock-washers — these words probably don’t mean much to those who are unfamiliar with challenge courses. For those who do have a challenge course on their camp grounds and are still unfamiliar with those words — you should be more aware. Why should you ensure that the course is well constructed and receiving a passing grade for safety? Liability and trust are the two biggest reasons. Parts wear out, ropes break down, and … Continue reading

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Staying Relevant

Among the most difficult leadership transitions is that from camper to staff member. Indeed, challenges facing new leaders include: • Impulsivity • Inexperience • Immaturity • Guidance and discipline of campers who are nearly the same age. Of course, young leaders also boast some great characteristics that come as standard equipment: exuberance, creativity, style and a knack for communicating with children and each other. Simply put, they are “cool.” This is all well and good, until you realize that the … Continue reading

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Camp Business welcomes the following members to our Insider program: Camp Echo Evanston, Ill. Camp Manitou New York, N.Y. Canadian Adventure Camp Thronhill, Ontario Camp Warwa Darwell, Alberta Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast, Fla. Sarasota, Fla. International Sports Training Camp Stroudsburg, Penn. Circle Square Ranch Conception Bay South, Newfoundland Camp Can-Aqua Cardiff, Ontario Fantastic Magic Camp Austin, Texas Bay Cliff Health Camp Big Bay, Mich. YMCA Camp North Woods Mirror Lake, N.H. Day Camp Sunshine Liberty Corner, N.J. Inspiration Hills Inwood, … Continue reading

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Lifeguard Adventure Challenge

Training lifeguards is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Following the same training procedures year in and year out as outlined by a certification body can be difficult, but there is another effective and responsible way to train staff while simultaneously creating a fun learning environment. Although today’s standards are worlds apart from those established many years ago, I encourage you to raise the qualifying marks even higher. At River Way Ranch Camp in Sanger, Calif., qualification procedures require … Continue reading

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The Fear Factor

This issue blows me away. Literally. I’ve just read it cover to cover and have made note of several ideas I want to implement with my son’s baseball team. Now, I know these two things are not normally linked, but they both do deal with the same problem — fostering individual initiative and creativity within the framework of a team or community. Think about that for a minute. Isn’t that an oxymoron? On one hand, we want our campers/players to … Continue reading

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