Category Archives: Mar/Apr 09

Lifesaving And Emergency Equipment

No one likes to contemplate the possibility of a water-related accident, but the time you spend this spring preparing lifesaving and emergency equipment may mean a safer summer season. Sorting through the variety of available equipment can be challenging. “There is a lot of junk being marketed and distributed,” says Gerald M. Dworkin, consultant for New Hampshire-based Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue, a developer of aquatics-safety educational curricula. “If a backboard has more flex than a diving board, it is … Continue reading

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Safeguarding Aquatic Facilities

The protection and safety of guests at aquatic facilities has gained recent attention with the passing of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007 (H.R. 1721). President Bush signed this into law late in 2007 as the first federal pool and spa safety legislation. The legislation provides incentives for states to adopt comprehensive pool safety laws that will protect children from horrible, life-threatening injuries and deaths caused by dangerous pool and spa drains. Two publicized accidents … Continue reading

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If I Had Three Wishes

There’s only one reason kids want to return to camp–friends. Yet when I tour camps and ask what staff members do to specifically help kids make friends, I find out why the average camper-return rate is so low. We think it happens automatically. We focus on “fun” instead. Kids have been making friends “automatically” at camp for decades. But in an effort to be safer, our risk managers have eliminated many of the times and places where kids and counselors … Continue reading

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A Focal Point for Fitness

The initial decision to invest in a playground for your camp can be an easy one. Just the thought of campers swinging, climbing, dangling, spinning and challenging friends to match their acrobatic feats can bring back childhood memories of hours of carefree play. There are also many health and developmental benefits children gain from playground activities. While they are enjoying free play, they can improve flexibility, muscular endurance and strength, and even challenge their aerobic capacity during extended bouts of … Continue reading

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Color Me Happy

Bisque ceramics are like the bare canvas of the pottery world. They are often white in appearance and “naked,” without a glaze or finish. In fact, that’s the whole point–campers can start with a basic figurine and decorate it any way they choose with paint, before applying a glaze finish. The following techniques are perfect for camp arts and crafts programs in working with bisque ceramics. Painting Techniques Antiquing After applying acrylic paint to ceramic bisque item, dab a dark … Continue reading

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