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Summer Staff Icebreakers

As new camp staff members arrive, it’s important to welcome them and incorporate them into the team. Help your staff break the ice. Try some of these icebreakers to encourage old and new staff to mingle as they prepare for a summer of non-stop camp more »

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Read It To Believe It

Ever wonder about the impact a camp program really has on campers? This camper has many happy summer memories! Does it matter whether staff members have camp names, or whether the camp hosts skit nights, or offers creative craft projects? Evidently more »

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Healthy Competition Is Not An Oxymoron

As a psychologist who works with schools and camps around the world, I am often asked whether competition is good or bad. Proponents of competition speak fondly of their athletic victories and about wanting the same experiences for the young people t more »

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A Recipe For Magic

Summer camp for youth has been around since 1861. How could anything continue to be so popular for so long, with such passionate proponents in every generation, unless it has real magic? Most of my previous Camp Business articles have dealt with a le more »

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Buddy Up!

While visiting many camps, the most dangerous thing I witness repeatedly is lifeguards and waterfront directors who have no idea how or why they do buddy checks, and what they are supposed to be looking for. more »

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Training Staff To Work With Special-Needs Campers

  Photos Courtesy Of Camp CAMPEvery spring, camps around the country turn their attention to recruiting, hiring, and training the staff that they hope will provide the best summer experience for campe more »

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Healthy Competition Is Not An Oxymoron

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / serrnovikAs a psychologist who works with schools and camps around the world, I am often asked whether competition is good or bad. Proponents of competition speak fond more »

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Teachable Moments

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / FeverpitchedChildren can sometimes be annoying. With that bold truism on the table, here is a logical question for Camp Business readers: What can be done about that? To puni more »

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Teeter-Totter Effect

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / styf22Balance! That’s my word for the year, or maybe for the next decade. In other words, where is the balance between building character and risking harm; between overcoming more »

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A Place For Grace

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / halfpointAfter learning how to hold their miniature violins, the next thing 3-year old Suzuki students learn is how to perform a deep, gracious bow. Although the first notes more »

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Do You Want A Spanking?

Photos: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / PhotoEuphoriaAs an academic psychologist and practicing clinician, I’ve studied parent-child interactions in many settings—hospitals, clinics, university laboratories more »

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Colleagues In Camping--Guest Editor’s Note

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / hwahl3Like you, I have a deep passion for camping and I find inspiration in hearing from members of the camp community on what works best, what could be improved, and more »

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Dazzling Surprises

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / SergeyNivensIn the world of quantum physics, there is a good chance that if I throw a pebble at a brick wall, the pebble will teleport through to the other side, leaving the more »

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This-N-That

Word On The WebCampDoc.com@CampDoc“Are you going to eat that” Interesting article from @campbusiness ow.ly/l8vGf #eatinghabits #kids----------                      ---------                      ----- more »

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The Difference Diversity Makes

Photo Courtesy Of Easter Seals Nova Scotia, Camp TidnishWhen I was nine years old, my mother accepted a summer job as a camp counselor. Since she would be working full-time, my sister and I were more »

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The Warm-Up Before the Work-Out

The best reaction may be no reaction - at least immediately.Thinking on your feet is one of the hardest things you’ll do as a professional. In fact, what comes out of your mouth will either reinforce more »

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A Healthy Lead

Staff members are usually on top of their game until they start treating their job like one. Once young people lose sight of the importance of caring for other people’s children, taking unhealthy risk more »

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Take It From The Top

Summer camp is an important part of IslandWood’s mission to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community service.Like the residential school camping pro more »

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End of Innocence

What's Wrong With This Picture? Absolutely nothing.Yeah - we were teenagers and most people that observed us do the crazy things we did always said that, “Well, they’re teenagers, what do you expect? more »

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Water Color Wars

What do you get when you mix a relay game with water and add in a little bit of dye? A wild and fun activity that cools off campers and keeps them talking for days. Nothing beats the heat like a more »

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