Category Archives: Issues

Common Ground

For the past several years we have been hearing that special needs camps comprise the fastest growing sector in camping in North America. I believe this growth has occurred due to a variety of underlying catalysts. First, advances in care and treatment for individuals with special needs has improved significantly over the past several decades, creating a “healthier” population of individuals who still face some sort of challenges in their daily lives. Second, greater awareness and education about people with … Continue reading

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Training Staff To Work With Special-Needs Campers

Photos Courtesy of Camp CAMP

  Every spring, camps around the country turn their attention to recruiting, hiring, and training the staff that they hope will provide the best summer experience for campers. Recruiters meet with countless individuals during these trips, interview those who apply and show promise, and then extend offers to those who rise to the top of the applicant pool. Then, after all that, the real fun begins! These individuals–from different backgrounds and locations–will join together to form a team. While the … Continue reading

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Healthy Competition Is Not An Oxymoron

As a psychologist who works with schools and camps around the world, I am often asked whether competition is good or bad. Proponents of competition speak fondly of their athletic victories and about wanting the same experiences for the young people they serve. Competition, they say, builds character. It’s a competitive world out there, so we had better prepare our children.  Some critics of competition want every child to feel like a winner—always. Or, they want no child to feel … Continue reading

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The Quest to Provide “Healthy” Food

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In the summer of 2013, staff members of Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo., were confronted with a challenge—the frequency of requests for food that was gluten-free was leading to chaos in the dining hall. A menu traditionally skewed toward calories, carbohydrates, and fats was truly out of sync with a society fighting obesity, a clientele striving to lead a fit lifestyle, and an organizational mantra of good health. Lessons the Kanakuk staff learned on its quest to change the paradigm … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, CB Top Stories, Departments, Food Services + Concessions, Issues, Sept/Oct 2014 | Leave a comment

Rethinking Volunteers

Photos Courtesy Of Mystic Mountain Training Center

Terry was recruited in 2001 to serve as a volunteer camp nurse, and has faithfully returned for 13 summers. Like most volunteers, he also holds a full-time job in the private sector. However, Terry opted to organize his life around his volunteer position by working 12-hour shifts with extended days off and taking vacation time during camp weeks. Over the years, Terry has expanded his area of expertise, becoming a certified shooting-sports instructor. A few years after Terry began volunteering, … Continue reading

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