Category Archives: Sep/Oct 11

Stressful Situations

Thousands of school-age children die each year. In addition, thousands more experience the unexpected death of a parent, sibling or grandparent. In fact, one of every seven children loses a parent to death before the age of ten. (1) When a child comes to camp soon after experiencing the death of a relative or close friend, that child’s counselor must employ exceptional comforting and counseling procedures. If the death of a camper or staff member occurs during camp, everyone associated … Continue reading

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Balanced Nutrition

“Healthy food” typically doesn’t go hand in hand with “camp food.” In fact, the selection is typically a sea of white–white flour, white sugar, and fried, white food in the form of buns, breaded chicken, french fries, and cookies. None of these choices are doing kids any good. Camp is actually the perfect setting for kids to try new foods. They are away from home, and have most likely been doing and trying many things that are new to them. … Continue reading

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Welcoming Vegetarians

I arrived hungry for the conference, so was glad when dinner was served. As I waited in line, I tried to see what food was offered. As a vegetarian, I always hope there will be something provided to meet my dietary needs. When I reached the serving table, my heart sank. There was hamburger casserole, mashed potatoes, corn, salad made from iceberg lettuce, rolls, and dessert. There was no alternative protein. Ever bold to ask for peanut butter for my … Continue reading

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Fuel For Thought

Proper nutrition is directly associated with physical and mental wellness. In fact, the two are so closely related that medical schools require students to have a clinical rotation or at least a short course in human nutrition. This subject is important for camp directors because it extends far beyond eliminating the formerly standard food pyramid, which was revised only six years ago. In order to convey the importance of proper nutrition to campers, counselors, and staff members, it is important … Continue reading

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Campers Take Notice

To keep campers coming back, put the message out that you are open for business. Even if they can’t remember where they “heard that name before,” they will stop and take notice the more they hear about your organization. Here are a few ways to kick up your presence in the community: 1. Create a photo-sharing page. Families can upload their photographs on your website or Facebook. Everyone loves to brag and it will introduce their friends to you. 2. … Continue reading

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