Category Archives: Mar/Apr 10

Looking Forward And Back

Many Camp Business readers weren’t even born when I was a counselor in 1972 and 1973 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in Southern California. I worked in Indian Village, complete with teepees, a council fire and my Indian name, Silver Moon. For two summers, my life revolved around my new identity as camp-counselor extraordinaire. (I really was in my element!) Fast forward to the summer of 2009, when my daughter (formerly known as Sondra) officially joined Forest Home staff … Continue reading

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Are Your Lifeguards Adequately Trained?

Although it has been longer than I care to admit, I still remember the first time I obtained American Red Cross lifeguarding certification. Sitting on the edge of the high-school pool in my Indiana hometown, I heard the instructor say, “OK, you are all certified, but that doesn’t mean you are ready for every guarding environment. So, if someone hires you for ocean or beachfront guarding in the future, for heaven’s sake, get more training!” Those words echo through my … Continue reading

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Testing The Waters

Dear Camp Director: “I am sending you my most precious possession, my child. For the next two weeks, my son’s health and safety will be placed in the hands of a complete stranger at your camp. I have known about River Way Ranch Camp for years, and I certainly understand the benefits of sending my child there, as I was also a camper there. Some of my most cherished memories are from summer camp. “My son has waited all year … Continue reading

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Camp Business Turns 10

Top Ten Rainy-Day Activities Whether it’s a hurricane, rain, snow or even a pajama party night, a great way to while away the hours is to have a theme movie day. We use The Bear Factory for stuffed animal toys and keep them in a closet until we need them. We have done a Happy Feet day, where you stuff the animal, color the guardian angel insert, choose a star and adopt your new Penguin. Campers then stand in front … Continue reading

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