Category Archives: May/Jun 11

What Would Ted Do?

“It matters not how straight the gate, How charged with punishment the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” Invictus, William Earnest Henley (1875) This is but the fourth stanza of a poem so powerful, it inspired Nelson Mandela to emerge from nearly 30 years of imprisonment, forgive his captors and begin to heal his beloved South Africa. It inspired the movie, Invictus (2009)—the story of how Mandela used the national rugby … Continue reading

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Future Leaders

Camp Basics Camp Eagle Ridge Location: Mellen, Wis. Type: Boys’ and girls’ leadership camp Mission: To develop strong leaders, healthy living skills and a sense of community responsibility Ages: 7 to 17 Sessions: Range from one to six weeks At Camp Eagle Ridge, children learn to be leaders from an exclusive team, beginning with its camp counselors. The camp claims to have one of the highest retention rates of counselors in the country, with most returning for 10 years or … Continue reading

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Lifelong Leaders

I had a surreal experience in February at the National Association of Independent Schools conference in Washington, D.C. I’d been invited to present a workshop called Cracking Kids’ Secret Code, one of my all-time favorite topics. The session focused on interpreting the subtext of what young people say and responding empathically to their coded speech. It’s my contention that this deep and genuine empathy nurtures the strongest connections that teachers, camp staff and parents make with youth. As I walked … Continue reading

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This-N-That

This-N-That Hello, I wanted to say thank you for the work you did putting together this issue. It arrived yesterday and I have already searched for two of the products advertised (the big water slide looks amazing!), have used a quote from the decision making article three times already, and picked up a couple of really good programming ideas we will be using this summer. Thanks for putting it all together, and thanks for sending us the resource in the … Continue reading

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Prepare Staff For The Worst

Is your camp staff prepared for what it will really encounter during a major incident? Do the members know how long it actually takes emergency crews to arrive on the scene? Have you prepared the facility? Build awareness, knowledge and confidence with all staff members–from counselors-in-training to the camp director–by creating a mock disaster. The secret to hosting a successful training event begins in the planning phase. Here are some tips to get started: Establish Goals Clarifying goals and learning … Continue reading

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