Category Archives: Jul/Aug 2011

Living Smarter

The manager at the restaurant I worked at through college offered me some extra hours one weekend. “Come in around 5 a.m., and we’ll clean out the walk-in refrigerators and coolers. I’ll give you $50 if you give me four hours of work.” I needed the money and 50 bucks was a nice bonus in 1983. On that morning, we met out front as she fumbled with the keys and opened the door. The air rushed past as she entered … Continue reading

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From Good To Great

What is the difference between a good facilitator and a great facilitator? Whether on a zip line, in team-building initiatives, throughout a high-ropes course or at a climbing wall, dedicated facilitators are needed to manage the risk and enjoyment of each participant. Campgrounds, climbing gyms and other recreational facilities often have dedicated staff on hand that are certified to facilitate these events, in addition to their contact list for the part-time help that is scheduled as needed. But in evaluating … Continue reading

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Playground Compliance

Swings, sandboxes and slides — once upon a time, these were the usual suspects in playgrounds everywhere. In fact, without them, it wasn’t really considered a playground. But times have changed. Today’s playgrounds are expected to be accessible and safe, and to engage a child’s imagination and senses, according to Kirsten Rimes of O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock and Associates Inc., in Kalamazoo, Mich. Rimes, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector as well as a licensed landscape architect (and a parent of playground … Continue reading

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Building A Case

In the early 1980s, while I was a manager of a Christian camp in Illinois, I heard of a new program called a “low-ropes” course. I didn’t have any experience in “challenge-type” activities, but the concept sounded interesting. I searched for information, but all I could find was a book called Cowstails and Cobras: A Guide to Ropes Courses, Initiative Games, and Other Adventure Activities by Karl Rohnke (1977). It turned out to be a great resource. With that book … Continue reading

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A Mixed Bag

Located in the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., The Station has as its goal to change lives through action sports. But the activities provided — snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, rock climbing and mountain biking — aren’t those one might typically think of at camp. Founded by Pete and Rachel Bowman in 2008, the non-profit youth camp offers programs to attract three main groups: extreme-sports enthusiasts, youth-ministry groups and inner-city kids. “I had a dream in my heart to someday … Continue reading

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