Category Archives: May/June 2012

Food Allergies And Food Intolerances

For those who suffer from food allergies or intolerances, food can seem like an enemy. People struggle daily reading food labels, carefully ordering at restaurants, and double-checking everything they eat. This is of special concern for food-service professionals at camp, for according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, one in 20 children will have a food allergy, and that number is growing. It is extremely important that kitchen staff members are aware of the seriousness of food allergies and … Continue reading

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Create A Camp Internet Policy

For younger members of a camp counseling staff, the World Wide Web has been an endless, virtual wonderland in which they have spent their entire childhoods. For them, computers are a fun, safe, and familiar technology. They may not realize, however, the Internet is not a protected playground, where they may do whatever they please. In reality, it is just like the real world, where a careless word or action can have serious personal, financial, and professional consequences. It is … Continue reading

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For Juniors’ Sake

First, the good news: Your youngest staff members possess a brand of exuberance, creativity, and playfulness that older employees do not. That positive energy is a tremendous asset to the camp. When properly fed and watered, some of the junior staffers will eventually grow into unit leaders and administrative staff. That, too, is an asset. Second, the fact you employ junior staff members creates an incentive for the oldest campers to return. The prospect of being chosen to join these … Continue reading

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Apparently, No Thinking Required

The pre-dawn darkness is supposed to be one of life’s small pleasures–a time of peace and tranquility filled with the promise of the coming day. Until recently, my pre-dawn ritual was pleasantly simple–a bowl of oatmeal with raspberries, a cup of coffee, a leisurely drive to the bus stop (to drop off my high school-aged son) and then the office, followed by a few precious moments of quiet prior to the arrival of my staff members. I don’t think I … Continue reading

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Hiring Lifeguards

As the warm weather approaches, camp administrators are probably considering hiring lifeguards for summer pool and aquatic activities. Hiring would be much easier if all lifeguards were required to have the same skills verified by the same certification, ensuring they were properly trained in the latest rescue techniques and procedures, as well as on the equipment necessary to perform such duties. However, this is not the case. A variety of lifeguard certification programs exist in North America and throughout the … Continue reading

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