Category Archives: Departments

Rustic Does Not Equal Rundown

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Having spent many years in the park industry, I have encountered some common beliefs held by park owners when it comes to campgrounds. In speaking with Evanne Schmarder, host of the RV Cooking Show and co-author of Unconventional Wisdom Works, here are some of the more popular myths appearing in the industry: Myth 1: A campground is a seasonal business. Yes, the doors are open 6 months, more or less, but the use of the off-season period is critical to … Continue reading

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Starting From Scratch

Photo Courtesy of Mathew Eberius, CPRP, Palm Harbor Community Services

One of the highlights for parks and recreation departments across the country is summer camp. For many, it’s a time of brainstorming, hiring staff members, setting policies, and hunkering down for 8 to 10 weeks of constant programming. I’ve grown up within the industry, starting at age 4 in a pre-kindergarten camp, and have developed a unique perspective into trends and what makes a camp program tick. At age 18, I became a full-time employee in the industry. Two years … Continue reading

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Creatively Crafting Camps

Photo Courtesy of Sugar Sand Park Community Center

On a typical Monday morning at SugarSandParkCommunity Center in Boca Raton, Fla., I walked out of my office only to see some bustling actors taking their places on stage. The production assistant ordered “Quiet on the set” as the director dropped his hand and yelled “Action!” I quietly passed through a chorus of Broadway hopefuls rehearsing Mama Mia, singing and dancing their way across the stage. Following the choreographer’s directions, the performers lit up the scene with synchronized movements. Farther … Continue reading

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Groovin’ In Grand Prairie

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Instead of instructing campers to sit quietly and stop wiggling around, counselors at Grand Prairie, Texas Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department’s centers encourage their campers to get up and dance. In fact, counselors discovered dancing was so popular among children ages 5 to 15 that they created a “Theater Dance Day Camp” as a component of the programming. More than 500 campers took part in learning about theater concepts, dance, and fitness on a daily basis for six weeks to … Continue reading

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Strategies For A Healthy Pool

Photo Courtesy of National Swimming Pool Foundation

Providing a safe, healthy, disease-free swimming environment can be an overwhelming task for any operator. And without a full understanding of water-chemistry basics, the task will be difficult and next to impossible. Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) are brought into the pool by bathers who do not shower or those who utilize poor hygiene. These RWIs can be contracted by swallowing the pool water, or by penetrating the skin, or just by breathing the vapors (mists) above the water’s surface. Encouraging … Continue reading

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