Category Archives: Nov/Dec 10

Common Sense

It seems straightforward. If we depend on Mother Earth to feed us, cloth us, warm us, entertain us and otherwise provide for our needs, we should take care of her. Yet, somehow, like so many things in our lives, this simple truth becomes lost in the noise and busyness of our modern lives. I don’t really think there’s any excuse for any of us. We know in our heart of hearts–that place where inevitable truths lie dormant–that we are typically … Continue reading

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Integrating The Relaxation Response

Millennia before Harvard University’s Dr. Herbert Benson documented the health benefits of the relaxation response in humans, Eastern and Western religions quietly espoused mindful reflection, contemplative meditation and repetitive prayer. Many of these religious traditions shared the practices of abdominal breathing and centered thought. Dr. Benson’s secular and scientific measurements suggested that a couple of 15-minute sessions of deliberately quieting the mind and body each day can dramatically lower hypertension, a leading cause of arteriosclerosis and death. More recently, organized … Continue reading

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Enivronmental Stewards

Camp Basics Name: IslandWood Sessions: All seasons, with overnight camps in the summer Ratio: Ranges from 1 to 5 and 2 to15 Ages: Preschool to eighth grade Costs: Range based on program, scholarships and reduced rates available for those who qualify Located on Bainbridge Island near Seattle in Washington, IslandWood is a 255-acre outdoor learning center that offers campers the opportunity to develop a love for the outdoors. Opened 10 years ago, the facility reveals nature’s assets and encourages campers … Continue reading

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Sun Showers

Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization, works to protect the natural environment of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. In addition to a large membership and a statewide network of 43 wildlife sanctuaries, the organization operates an overnight summer camp–Wildwood–in Rindge, N.H., with programs for campers ages 9 to 17, and for families. Since its environmental mission has led to an understanding and belief in the value of green buildings as an important aspect of protecting the environment, it’s no … Continue reading

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Let’s Hit The Beach…

Just because you don’t have a pool or access to a lake doesn’t mean you can’t offer fun, creative, healthy aquatics programming. Here are 12 ideas sure to please even the most discerning customer: 1. Summer sand castle fun. Ask a local construction or gravel company to donate a truck full of sand. (If that doesn’t work, offer to pay!) Find an out-of-the-way place where kids can have unstructured play in the sand. Toss out plastic buckets, milk jugs and … Continue reading

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