Category Archives: Nov/Dec 10

Sprouting With Green Ideas

It seems every day we learn of more ways to “go green,” from green energy sources to green house construction. Even auto companies are joining the effort by producing hybrids and alternative-energy vehicles. Camps also have opportunities to “green up.” Here are several eco-friendly landscape-project ideas: Plant To Impress Landscape plantings are a relatively easy way for camps to become eco-friendly and improve the grounds. Landscape plantings provide seasonal interest, and ensure the grounds look attractive throughout the year. They … Continue reading

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A Present From The Past

“Jon?” The big guy standing in front of me, with baggy pants, duct-taped gloves, a helmet and goggles, looked like he was born on a snowboard. I hadn’t really noticed him as I was skiing with (and ostensibly chaperoning) a group of middle-schoolers from my church. I was speaking with one of them about a family situation when another boy from our group tapped my ski pole with his. “This guy is talking to you.” “Jon Heath,” the big guy … Continue reading

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This-N-That

News & Events Word On The Web Wiffle Ball Facility Hits A Homerun As a board member, when I first heard the idea, I chuckled and thought to myself that this won’t be a much-used facility. Was I ever wrong. As Eric has pointed out, the Thunderdome is a great addition to the camp. The energy that is present during the gatherings at summer camp is tremendous. The commitment of the volunteers and staff to build it was fantastic. To … Continue reading

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Digging The Outdoors

At The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange County, Calif., kids are digging into environmental science–below ground. The center leads the way with programs in which children living in a primarily urban environment experience both traditional camp activities and hands-on outdoor academic programs. These activities give them an appreciation for the natural environment while teaching them about the cultural history of the region and the science behind aerospace, astronomy, engineering, mineral science, geology, hydrology, water and natural-resource conservation, plant … Continue reading

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