Category Archives: Nov/Dec 10

Reduce, Reuse And Recycle

The motto “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” is a familiar call for those who care about protecting the earth and conserving its resources. It is often seen in environmental literature and heard among those who seek to preserve the ecology of this fragile planet. As much as we may agree with the values of ecology, it can be overwhelming to establish policies and practices at a camp to actually carry out our good intentions. Since it is often difficult to translate … Continue reading

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Exercise The Mind

strong>Earth, Air, Water On the trail and hiking in a single-file line, the person at the head of the line starts the game by saying to the person behind him or her either “earth,” “air,” or “water.” The second person has to name within seconds, a bird, fish, insect, plant, or dinosaur within the specified category that is able to move in that category. For example, a tiger walks on the ground, an eagle flies in the air and a … Continue reading

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Mail A Masterpiece

Receiving mail from home can really brighten a camper’s day, particularly during an extended session. Many camps already make receiving mail extra-special by having campers kiss the camp mascot or jump off the diving board in order to receive letters. You can help make it even more enjoyable by giving parents a few fun, creative ways to send mail! And, because sending a letter home sometimes helps cure homesickness, you can also use these ideas during craft time so campers … Continue reading

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A “Point-ed” Conversation

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s … Cap’n Green–Glenbrook Day Camp’s newest attempt at making the camp grounds as “green” as possible. Sporting green tights, a green mask, and a green cape (made entirely out of reused materials), the not-so-super hero (whose identity remains a mystery) takes to the picnic tables every day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to inspire staff members and campers to create a litter-free camp environment. The day camp has long promoted litter-less … Continue reading

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Green Ideas

What do you do to “green” up your facility? • Camp directors save all kitchen food-prep scraps and feed them to their chickens. • Craft paper is supplied from a local print shop’s scraps. Drift Creek Camp Lincoln City, Ore. “Litter-less” Lunches Used more at day camps than overnight camps, parents and campers should be encouraged to bring lunches that do not contain garbage. For instance: • Choose to reuse–pack a cloth napkin instead of paper, stainless-steel utensils instead of … Continue reading

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