Category Archives: Mar/Apr 2012

Just Past The Front Doors

A view of Lauren's WellHouse.

When faced with the need for a larger medical facility to accommodate the population served by Camp Barnabas, Cyndy Teas knew the camp had to construct more than a building; the camp needed to construct a partnership with the community. Founded in 1994 by Teas and her husband, Paul, Camp Barnabas focuses on children and young adults with special needs and chronic diseases and their siblings. “Almost every camper who comes through our gates has some type of medical need,” … Continue reading

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Proactive Maintenance

Many bad puns have been made about the importance of good lighting in a camp’s sports facilities. They include not being in the dark, getting turned on to the knowledge of superior facilities, having the power to make a change, and several more. But all joking aside, lighting is one of the best investments in terms of increasing user safety (and that is a priceless commodity). Accidents can happen. Injuries can occur. Problems can crop up. And let’s face it, … Continue reading

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“SCOPE-ing” Out New Partners

As a summer-camp professional, you know the difference that camp can make in a child’s life. You see it every year as you watch campers take on new challenges, make new friends and learn a lifetime of lessons in just a few short weeks. Now imagine summer for a child who isn’t at camp–one whose parents cannot afford to provide them with the opportunity to attend even the most basic summer program. These children spend their summers inside, some afraid … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Life Jackets For Kids (S 2075) Bill Gaining Ground Senate 36-0, approved and sent to the House a bill requiring all children’s camps’ lakes and other swimming areas, except swimming and wading pools, to have one life jacket for each child there. It also prohibits camps from refusing to allow a child to bring and use his or her own life jacket. The measure is called “Christian’s Law” after 4-year-old Christian Frechette who was not wearing a life jacket when … Continue reading

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Kids’ Big Fears, Part II

The catch in the woman’s voice and the emotional tone of her phone call suggested something terrible had happened. She told me that her sister–the mom of one of our campers–had died. Most children have a normal yet profound fear of losing a parent or guardian. I use the term “child” fairly loosely because that fear doesn’t go away on one’s 18th birthday. Some people might argue that it becomes more intense with age, consciously or unconsciously. As youth-development professionals, … Continue reading

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