If Websites Could Talk

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  “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” –H. James Harrington, CEO of the Harrington Institute, a global management-consulting firm  Many camps have a website, but is it providing parents, alumni, and campers what they are looking for? Is there anything the site would say if it … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Americans Participate in Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON, DC  – Almost 143 million Americans, or 49.2 percent of the US population, participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2013. Although the actual number of outdoor participants increased since 2012, the participation rate fell slightly, due to population growth. The findings are part of The Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the leading report tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation with a focus on youth and diversity. The Outdoor Foundation’s eighth annual Outdoor Recreation … Continue reading

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What’s Left After A Loss

Ashes of memories.

My best friends and I combed through the sooty remains of the log cabin and wondered: What’s left? The fire had been so hot that it melted the window glass and incinerated pretty much everything else. We found the cast iron woodstove, the porcelain sink and tub, and the soundboard from the upright piano. (You can see it lying in the rubble there in the photo.) We’d started coming to Sam’s cabin one year after Will’s 18-month-old died of a … Continue reading

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Avoiding Allergic Reactions

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Do you have a food allergy? Statistically, one out of 12 children has a life-threatening food allergy. In a camp with 500 campers, 41children will potentially have dietary needs that demand changes to daily menus. Are you prepared?  Once upon a time, epinephrine pens were used only to combat bee stings. Now, camp chefs and dining-hall staffs have to contend with food allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, pine nuts, gluten, dairy, eggs, fruit, soy, fish, red dye, and others so … Continue reading

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Highs And Lows

Photos Courtesy of Camp Ho Mita Koda

If you were to visit Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio, during staff training, you would probably observe a fairly typical camp:  plenty of procedures, protocols, and program training. Hearing leaders talking about highs and lows, you might think they were discussing the many moods of teenagers.  However, as the oldest continuous camp in the nation for children with diabetes, the Camp Ho Mita Koda staff has the added responsibility of caring for kids with a life-threatening disease. The … Continue reading

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Camp Nominingue is a boys’ summer camp located north of Montreal in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. Its 400 acres of forests and playing fields fronting on a beautiful northern lake create the perfect setting for fun, friendship, adventure and personal growth. [...] More