Category Archives: November 2011

Retreating For Unity

We have all read the bumper-sticker plea, “Support Our Troops,” but other than displaying a magnet on your car, how can Americans really show support and concern for service members and their families? One organization is partnering with the national parks to give families a much-needed break from the stress of wartime deployments. The National Military Family Association developed the Operation Purple Summer Camp program in 2004 with 12 camps for 1,000 military children. In 2010, the program now has … Continue reading

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80 Ways to Reduce Expenses: Part 3

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a four-part series that will explore 80 ways to reduce operating expenses. In these difficult economic times, these ways could be the difference between having a profitable year and one of significant financial loss. After all, every dollar of reduced operating expense goes straight to the bottom line of an annual profit-and-loss statement. Take these suggestions at face value, or modify them for your agency. Either way, please take a look. Shaving … Continue reading

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Day-Camp Excursions

Day camps are big business with fierce competition. Sports camps, YMCA and YWCA camps, recreation departments, churches, and community camps are all vying for the interest and attention of parents and children. The more quality activities a camp can offer, the more likely it will be a first choice for families. What makes a day camp most attractive? Water! Exactly what the allure is when it comes to water remains a mystery, but there is no doubt it is an … Continue reading

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Welcoming And Whimsical

As aquatic-therapy centers grow in response to the need for rejuvenation and social wellness, they are also growing for children with rehabilitation needs and developmental disorders. Colorful environments and interactive water are part of a stimulating, effective, and cathartic treatment, while specific design elements are ultimately inspired by the rehabilitative needs of children. For example, the five-story Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., includes four above-grade floors and one below-grade, where the kid-centric therapy natatorium offers a combination of … Continue reading

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Rollin’ Through Town

Inline skating has been a recreation activity for decades, preceded by nostalgic roller skating, which was developed–believe it or not–in the 1700s. The popularity of the sport has become even more apparent through the many competitive inline events held throughout the country. The largest event in North America is the NorthShore Inline Marathon in Duluth, Minn., hosting more than 3,000 participants each year. Recently, Grand Forks, N.D., hosted the state’s first inline marathon. It targeted not only the speedy inline … Continue reading

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