Category Archives: Sep/Oct 08

A Royal Treat

It is a typical camp setting. LakeWhatcom sparkles in the background; tall fir trees drop pine cones on cabin roofs while happy campers swim, tie-dye T-shirts, and shop in the camp store. The daily schedule includes games, crafts, a carnival, magic shows, counselors’ skits and, of course, the all-camp talent show. Just another normal camp designed to give kids a memorable week of new experiences. From outward appearances, this camp is like any other residential camp across the country. It’s … Continue reading

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Active, Involved And Interested

Familiarity breeds contempt–or, at the least, apathy–when it comes to training returning camp staff members who are so intimately familiar with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures that they could literally rewrite the staff manual. Hardly a unique problem, all camps face the issue of how to keep returning staff actively engaged in training and orientation programs. For example, at Camp Hamwi, a three-week residential camp for youth ages 5-17 with diabetes, sponsored by the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, approximately … Continue reading

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Made For The Shade

On hot summer afternoons when the sun is baking the playing fields and a group’s turn for swimming is over, camp counselors wonder what they can do with restless campers. Here are some activities that are made for the shade. There are three types of activities included here–variations of circle games, nature exploration and storytelling. Certainly there are additional games in each category. Circle Games For each of these games, campers sit in a circle on the ground or floor … Continue reading

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