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Digital Marketing

Do you ever wonder whether a website is effective at communicating the value of your camp? The answers can be found. more »

Technology + Marketing

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Freshen Up A “Meet The Director” Page

In years of interviewing campers’ parents, I’ve learned that it is very important to have a “Meet Our Director” page on a website. more »

Technology + Marketing

Photo: Camp Young Judaea-Texas

“Speak”-ing From Experience

The legacy system (analog) wasn’t effective anymore. We wanted better control with zones, as well as indoor speakers in each cabin and meeting spaces for scheduled announcements, but the speakers were mounted on tall poles with poor sound quality. more »

Facilities + Grounds

Photos: Dan Chiles

Secrets of the YBees

With yellow hats bent against the glare, we examined the work of another four-day weekend of the fanatical camp volunteers known as YBees. For 28 years, we have shown up at our beloved Camp Wakonda to celebrate Labor Day by laboring. more »

Facilities + Grounds

Photos: Jacqui Solomon Camp Marimeta for Girls, IL

Lifeguard Training: 101

By reviewing and evaluating the plan for addressing these issues, you will be on your way to employing lifeguards who not only understand their responsibilities but are competent and confident enough to perform them! more »


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Double-Duty While Dining

There is something about a shared community experience of breaking bread with a group of people that builds a distinct type of unity. As a result, meal times can be a great opportunity to continue all the fun that summer camp has to offer. more »

Food Service

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One For The Road

In addition to teaching, I also learn a lot myself during my travels to different camps and summer schools just by listening. more »


Photos Courtesy of Melissa Weinberger

Remaining Relevant

The young people have hundreds if not thousands of Facebook and Twitter “friends,” but often few real connections. more »

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Spend Wisely

We know it’s a financial commitment to make the leap to a camp-management software solution. With several providers on the market, how do you know which one is most practical for your camp? more »

Technology + Marketing

Photo Courtesy of Central Ohio Diabetes Association

A Camper With Diabetes…

In 1964, five central-Ohio physicians collaborated in educating the community due to the increasing number of diabetic patients in their care. The doctors created the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, a nonprofit agency that continues to offer educa more »

Food Service

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The Quest to Provide “Healthy” Food

In the summer of 2013, staff members of Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo., were confronted with a challenge—the frequency of requests for food that was gluten-free was leading to chaos in the dining hall. A menu traditionally skewed toward calories, carb more »

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Shipped Off To Camp

The challenges of running an outdoor recreation facility keep even the most competent manager on his or her toes. A camp adventure on the high seas. more »


Everyone loves being on the water! Make sure all of your staff are trained in aquatic safety.

Photo Courtesy Of Falcon Camp

Camp Aquatic Safety

Whether the camp has a pool or a lake, most staff members will say the water is a favorite place for campers. After campers have been running around in the sun most of the day, the local watering hole is a great place to cool off. It’s also one of t more »


Take time for proper planning before implementing a new waterfront activity.

Photo Courtesy Of YMCA Camp Timbers

Wading Through Possibilities

Your supervisor has just asked you to implement a new activity for the camp’s aquatic program. Excitement starts to build as you have been looking forward to this project for a long time. Will you bring in new sailboats? Maybe start a whitewater ka more »


One way to grow a camp aquatics staff is to implement a training course for older campers.

Photo Courtesy Of Scott Paulus

Just Add Water

Any camp director can hire staff members and then provide lifeguard-, boating-, and swim-instruction certification prior to the start of the summer season. However, there are certain drawbacks to staffing a waterfront with newly certified staff membe more »



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