Category Archives: Nov/Dec 2011

Shipped Off To Camp

A camp adventure on the high seas.

The challenges of running an outdoor recreation facility keep even the most competent manager on his or her toes. Buying new safety gear, renewing annual insurance, hiring qualified counselors, and updating marketing materials demand constant vigilance. But what if your facility is 89 feet tall, weighs 210 tons, and floats? Add a few layers of federal regulation, limitations of wind and tide, and large, thick pieces of wood swaying in the water, and you have an idea of the unique … Continue reading

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Repeat Retreats

Having worked with weekend and off-season guests for more than 11 years, I have successfully unlocked some of the secrets to outstanding return rates. With increasing competition, budget cuts for schools and nonprofits, and economic uncertainty, some groups may be hesitant to return. They may look for cheaper options, go elsewhere, or cancel an event altogether. With that in mind, it is important to provide groups an extraordinary experience to keep them coming back year after year. Keep In Touch … Continue reading

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All-Access Athletics

There’s a difference between a camp with facilities that are ADA-compliant, and those that are truly welcoming to individuals with physical challenges. Make no mistake–ADA was groundbreaking. But when it comes to including athletes of all abilities, it takes an all-out effort. And sometimes that effort starts with reaching out to athletes who might not even know they can be athletes. “The number of people with disabilities in the United States is in the millions,” says Jeremiah Yolkut of the … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Industry News Leather Lovers Unite Fort Worth, Texas–Tandy Leather Factory launched a new leathercraft website, Leathercraft Library (www.leathercraftlibrary.com), a place for leathercraft enthusiasts to have access, in downloadable PDF format, to an archive of patterns, books, projects, free patterns, tutorials, and more. Leathercrafters will also be able to subscribe to a collection of instructional videos from master leather artists. Other features on the new website include: current and out-of-print leathercraft e-books, vintage doodle pages, pattern packs, out-of-production kit patterns, free … Continue reading

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Therapy Through Horses

Horseback riding is considered to be one of the most unique and beneficial forms of therapy for individuals with disabilities. It has been proven that a horse’s gait, which is similar to a human’s walk, can help strengthen pelvic and spine muscles, as well as improve a person’s posture, coordination and joint mobility. The horses are either ridden or driven, which allows people with disabilities a way to travel to places that are otherwise inaccessible by wheelchairs, crutches and walkers. … Continue reading

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