Category Archives: Issues

Active Instruction

Photo Courtesy Of Liz Weaver

Imagine giving a lecture-style presentation where the audience is clearly bored—their eyes glaze over, their jaws hang open, and some of them look like they are about to fall out of their seats and into a deep sleep. Now imagine another presentation where attendees interact with one another, ask challenging questions, hold deep discussions, and most importantly, retain important pieces of knowledge. The difference between these two scenarios is simple—the first is static, the second is dynamic. The world of … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, CB Top Stories, May/June 2014 | Leave a comment

When Tempers Flare

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Elenathewise

During this summer, like summers before, there will be camp drama. This drama can cause emotional hurt, which is typically a trigger for anger. Anger, often thought of as a substitute emotion, is a learned behavior. Children learn how to express anger from role models—parents, teachers, and coaches. Campers arrive with a wide variety of these learned behaviors. People become angry because they don’t want to feel the pain associated with the cause of what triggered the anger.  Campers may … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, CB Top Stories, Insider Access, May/June 2014 | Leave a comment

Three Cheers For Staff Training

Courtesy of Pine Grove Day Camp in Monmouth County, NJ

Even with the best fields, a huge waterslide, and an array of impressive buildings, campers, parents, and leadership expect the best of staff members. For this reason, leaders must find ways to provide the best training possible and rethink traditional approaches. As the assistant director of a private day camp, I had the responsibility of hiring, training, and developing the creative specialists. These 10 to 12 individuals guided an arts program, a drama/music/dance program that put on a large showcase … Continue reading

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Branding With Brains

Photos Courtesy of Camp Wekeela and Melissa Weinberger

Regardless of whether a camp requires uniforms, campers love to show their spirit by wearing clothing with a camp logo. This establishes a pseudo-uniform policy, and serves as a great marketing tool. When kids wear camp clothing year-round at school and in their communities, it demonstrates tremendous pride in a camp. This clothing also helps with camper retention. Because camp clothing is a direct reflection on your brand, it must be managed efficiently and effectively.     Define The Brand What … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, CB Top Stories, Departments, Issues, Mar/Apr 2014, Technology + Marketing | Leave a comment

Make A Healthy Plate

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Whether conquering a fear of heights by trying the high ropes, swimming in a lake for the first time, or tasting a new food, camp is a place for kids to learn, grow, and experience new adventures. At Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio, campers do all those things, plus learn how to count carbohydrates, check their own blood sugar, and give themselves their own shot of insulin. Camp Ho Mita Koda is the oldest camp in the nation … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, CB Top Stories, Departments, Food Services + Concessions, Insider Access, Issues, Mar/Apr 2014 | Leave a comment