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Smile, Though Your Heart Is Breaking

Share a smile.
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Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll see the sun come shining through for you Those words are the first verse of a song sung in 1954 by Nat King Cole. In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long … Continue reading

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Common Ground

For the past several years we have been hearing that special needs camps comprise the fastest growing sector in camping in North America. I believe this growth has occurred due to a variety of underlying catalysts. First, advances in care and treatment for individuals with special needs has improved significantly over the past several decades, creating a “healthier” population of individuals who still face some sort of challenges in their daily lives. Second, greater awareness and education about people with … Continue reading

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Longing For The Red Pop Of The Past

Ah, the good old days.
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Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is, Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is, Oh what a relief … it is.   I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. You ate the whole thing. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.   Comic books and Sunday nights, Roller skates and yo-yos Pony rides and snowball fights, Climbing through the window Remember when you were a kid? Well part of you still is, And … Continue reading

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Night Hike Sensory Activities

Merge the five senses with nature using a night hike.
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Night hikes are always a popular offering for a multitude of reasons that play into one overarching theme: the promise of the unexpected. If your night hikes have become stale, try sprinkling in one or more of these options to up the level of interest and camper excitement. Sight Guess the Color Materials: one crayon for each camper As light dims, so too does the ability of our eyes to discern colors. Once campers are deep in darkness, pass out … Continue reading

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PERC Donates Equipment To Yellowstone

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WASHINGTON – Yellowstone National Park is reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions through a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council. PERC’s donation includes a propane-powered Exmark zero-turn mower, 11 mower cylinders, three Generac portable propane generators, one Generac standby generator, and a 12-cylinder capacity storage cage. PERC is also donating refillable Manchester Tanks and a cylinder refill unit to the park, which will enable Yellowstone to reduce small cylinder waste from campers through a first-of-its-kind program. “Yellowstone is committed … Continue reading

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