Category Archives: Sep/Oct 10

Solely Responsible

Ask me how to keep 100 campers happy on a rainy afternoon, and I’ll rattle off a list of activities. Do you need directions on how to tie-dye T-shirts? No problem. I can even tell you how to do it with unsweetened Kool-Aid. Call on me if you need summer staff training. Yes, when it comes to working with camps, I am totally in my element. But right now, I’m out of my comfort zone. For the last 18 months, … Continue reading

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Keep The Conversation Going

The Web is split between two separate but equally important sectors–traditional Web sites and the new 2.0 applications that make a Web presence more interactive. One of the latest ways to make yourself known to your core camp constituency is Twitter. Used properly, Twitter is an excellent tool in the marketing toolbox. Everyone from the president of the United States to Dell Computers uses Twitter to stay in touch. Summer camps should consider following the same path. Like many applications … Continue reading

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The Skinny On Pickleball

Looking for a great camp sport that teaches sharing, cooperation, confidence and having fun with others? So was Liz Velazquez, founder and chairman of Light on the Mountain Camp in North Carolina. Velazquez was a lifelong tennis player and never thought she could enjoy another racket sport as much as tennis. After being introduced to pickleball by a friend, Velazquez instituted the game and the campers love it! You’ve never heard of pickleball? Is it really a sport? Pickleball is … Continue reading

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Pioneer And Frontier Games

Looking to entertain campers on a budget? Try these activities that are sure to please both the wallet and the pickiest camper: Ring-To-Jug Toss With five wooden cross-stitch-type rings, participants stand 5 feet away and toss the rings one at a time toward an old-time stoneware shoulder jug. The winner is the player who gets the most rings on the jug. Milk Can And Softball Toss Using an old, metal milk can, participants stand 5 to 10 feet away and … Continue reading

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A Disc Golf Course In The Woods

The city of Franklin, Tenn. found a unique way to blend a parks sports facility with urban forestry by incorporating a low-impact disc-golf course into an underutilized area within a park. Continue reading

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