Category Archives: Mar/Apr 2011

Magical Moments

As the last hour approaches, a Golem has been captured, and now the malevolent forest creatures will fall to the might of Irontown! Ninety strong, the warriors band together for the final hunt. This time, they hunt the Nightwalker. The music swells and the very air in the woods holds its breath to see the endgame played out. All of the quests–from the depths of the mines to the dangerous woods that border their homeland–have led to this ultimate confrontation. … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Separate Container Suggestion This is the first time I have seen your magazine—and what a good way to get kids involved in recycling, the environment and their love of the outdoors. I really enjoyed the articles. In “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” (CB Nov/Dec 2010), I love your ideas, especially about “dressing up” the recycling containers by the camp groups. I would add “always place a garbage container next to the recycling container.” When people have garbage and a pop can, … Continue reading

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Buddy Up!

While visiting many camps, the most dangerous thing I witness repeatedly is lifeguards and waterfront directors who have no idea how or why they do buddy checks, and what they are supposed to be looking for. It almost always goes like this: Me: “Why do kids swim with buddies?” Lifeguard: “It only takes half as long to count them during buddy checks.” Here’s the crux: no matter how often buddy checks are conducted (every 10 minutes, every 5 minutes, etc.), … Continue reading

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Reap The Benefits

Earning awards ensures competence and self-confidence

An important component of a successful sailing program is a structured awards system. Although some camps hesitate to implement a program in which not all campers receive recognition, the benefits outweigh the negatives. For example, an awards program motivates campers to further develop their sailing skills and knowledge. Establishing and incorporating a systematic and age-appropriate program also ensures superior instruction, accountability and interest. Getting Started Whether the program lasts for a day, week, or entire season, start by assessing the … Continue reading

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A Lasting Impression

A 2009 report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program supports what many have recently experienced–rainfall and flooding are on the rise. There is a clear trend toward heavier precipitation in the U.S. as a whole, and particularly in the Midwest and Northeast. Since 1958, Midwesterners have experienced a 31-percent increase in the heaviest precipitation events, while those in the Northeast have experienced a staggering 67-percent increase. If this trend continues, flooding and stormwater-related issues will continue to affect the … Continue reading

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