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Fountain of Rings: An Atlanta Icon

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Robhainer

Almost 18 years ago Muhammad Ali stood before an exuberant crowd at Olympic Stadium in Atlanta with a flaming torch grasped in his right hand. Symbols of that magical summer evening and the 100th Summer Olympic Games that followed remain throughout the city today. One of the most visible symbols of those Olympics is the Fountain of Rings, the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park.  Since 1996, millions of people have visited this icon, the largest interactive fountain in the world. … Continue reading

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YMCA Selects as Preferred Vendor


Ann Arbor, MI–, the leading electronic health record system for camps, and YMCA of the USA, have teamed up to help Y camps improve health and safety for their campers and staff. allows camp nurses to instantly access vital camper and staff medical information, including allergies, medications, and immunization records, as well as track illness and injury in an electronic health log. As part of their commitment to youth development, there are a diverse group of overnight, day and specialty … Continue reading

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Communication Gap: Pencil-Thin Line or Wide Chasm?

Close the communication gap.

I got an interesting email from a Week-Ender follower and regular reader of my monthly “LBWA” column in PRB. This recreation coordinator from mid-America was asking for advice on how to handle a situation in his department. I gave him some free advice and I’d like to hear the opinions of other readers to see if you agree, disagree, or have other thoughts. Send them in here. He said he was being “mildly reprimanded” by his boss for making comments such as “keep it … Continue reading

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Saving Face in a Bold-faced Lie

"I didn't do it!"

Kids lie all the time. Grown-ups do, too, in big and small ways. Sometimes we lie to be polite, as in: “That looks fabulous!” or “This is delicious!” Perhaps protecting someone else’s feelings makes lying permissible, but lying to protect ourselves often leads to trouble. So in our work with children, how should we respond to the inevitable lying that occurs? How can we raise truthful youth? “I didn’t do it!” is probably the most common lie youngsters tell. Or, in … Continue reading

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4 Reasons for Staff Reflections

Spend time reflecting on individual experiences.

For the past 21 years, the first night of camp orientation has ended the same way: by verbalizing a personal goal or lofty wish that I want my campers (and over the last decade, my program staff members) to experience during the short week that they spend with us. Our goals are breathed to life around the campfire (weather permitting), sometimes accompanied by a symbolic action, like tossing a Popsicle stick or slip of paper into the fire so that … Continue reading

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