Category Archives: Mar/Apr 2012

Waterfront Safety And Preparation

In 1981, I was the assistant waterfront director (AWD) at a camp that had nearly a mile of lakefront on Lake Lure in western North Carolina. When the waterfront director (WD) had to leave camp for a few days, I was called into the office and became the WD after a brief meeting with the assistant camp director that went something like this: “Mitch, you’re in charge, make sure nobody gets hurt.” Fortunately, I felt fairly confident in my promotion … Continue reading

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There Will Be An App For That!

The idea that became Northstar Publishing, Inc.–and Camp Business, PRB (Parks & Rec Business) and Landscape Architect Business magazines, website, mobile sites, e-newsletters, tablet editions, digital editions, special events, etc.–was a simple, printed summer camp guide. As I remember it, my Dad, frustrated he couldn’t find a good summer camp resource to plan summer adventures for me and my four siblings, turned to me and said, “You should create one.” I was just starting my final year at Bowling Green … Continue reading

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What’s All This Noise?

A music-making program is any club, elective or activity that enables campers to learn and play musical instruments together. It can be organized and taught by staff; informal and put together by campers; educational and taught by a hired professional; or a combination of these. Although the program may evolve from year to year, the important thing is to implement one. Among the benefits: For campers • Serves as an outlet for creativity • Relieves stress • Builds confidence • … Continue reading

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Lumberjack Games

Amid a heaping pile of chicken fingers, French fries and barbecue sauce, the Beaver cabin campers anxiously discuss their afternoon activities. While some boys plan to head to the indoor pool for relay races, others look forward to making silver dog-tags at arts and crafts. The remainder of the cabin is heading to the recreation field for one of the most sought-after free-choice activities–the Lumberjack Games. Modeled after the popular ESPN outdoor-sports competition, Double H Lumberjack Games has become a … Continue reading

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Read It To Believe It

This camper has many happy summer memories!

Ever wonder about the impact a camp program really has on campers? Does it matter whether staff members have camp names, or whether the camp hosts skit nights, or offers creative craft projects? Evidently it does! The following anecdotes are from adults who obviously have many fond, positive memories from camp: Caring Counselor I will never forget my first camp counselor. He had the ability to make us feel like we owned camp. He was always there to support us, … Continue reading

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