Category Archives: May/Jun 09

Play The Part

“In theory, role-plays are supposed to teach by offering staff practice with key skills. But in practice, role-plays often flop. They either escalate into hyperbole or degenerate into embarrassing farce. What are your suggestions, Chris?” –Garth Altenberg, director of Camp Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine At most camps, role-plays are afterthoughts, tossed in at the end of a training module to “get the staff moving around.” In fact, the theory of learning by doing is rock-solid. Unfortunately, most camp directors don’t … Continue reading

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This-N-That

News & Events KOA Adds Value For Franchisees Billings, Mont.–Kampgrounds of America announces that the current Vice President of Information Systems–Jef Sutherland–has been promoted and will take the reins as Vice President of Franchise Operations. The Vice President of Franchise Operations is a new position within the 47-year-old company, which has more than 460 franchisees across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.koa.com. Peaceful Play Includes Children Of All Abilities Rockville, Md.–By the time Mattie T. J. Stepanek … Continue reading

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Building Memories

The picture is forever etched in my mind–my son, sitting on our garage steps, protective ear muffs pushing back a shock of sun-bleached, blond hair–his favorite plastic blue hammer in his right hand and a block of wood in his left. I remember looking over at him as I set up the table saw for our next cut (we were making some industrial-style shelves for our garage from the ready supply of discarded lumber in our new neighborhood) and marveling … Continue reading

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Coming Into Compliance

As spring kicks off and the temperature starts to heat up, parks and recreation departments across the country are peeling off swimming pool covers and preparing for the upcoming season. This year, however, the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Act may delay those plans for some agencies. Enacted as an anti-entrapment protection bill to protect swimmers, public facilities are forced to comply with the regulations, but what does that mean? And what will happen if a pool is not in compliance … Continue reading

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Legally Responsible

The primary duty of aquatic facility staff is to ensure the health and safety of swimmers. Sadly, accidents will happen. I have been personally involved in several legal issues concerning pool equipment failure, gas heater installations and chlorine gas traveling into locker rooms. These unfortunate incidents led me to research ways to protect an aquatic facility from legal implications and embarrassments. Lifeguards, maintenance personnel and other employees do not need a law degree, but they must understand the potential risks … Continue reading

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