The Warm-Up Before the Work-Out

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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 »

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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 »


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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Managing Risk

Managing risk—these are perhaps two of the most dreaded words in a camp director’s dictionary, rivaled only by the nickname, “Fun-Sucker.” From the onset, the very phrase seems to challenge creativity, combat ingenuity, and completely destroy hilarit more »

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Get A Jump On Next Summer

For most camps, autumn is the time to take a deep breath and recover. Sure, you might still need to manage weekend programs and facility rentals, and holiday camps are about to begin, but nothing in the fall involves the intense commitment of summer- more »

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The Value of No/Low-Prop Initiative Games

The benefits of teambuilding activities such as high-ropes courses have been well-documented. Youth gain valuable skills from being mentally and physically challenged, but what you do when a camp cannot afford to build a course, maintain it, and incu more »

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These Kids Are Hungry!

It had been a great start to summer camp, but now, on the last meal of the week, several campers were blatantly breaking rule number six: “Do not carry any food out of the cafeteria.” As the new program director for South Mountain Christian Camp in more »

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Mason-Jar Meals

Originally designed for canning jams, jellies, and vegetables, mason jars are no longer just for food preservation. Not only do they provide a visual treat, but they are a great way to offer a grab-and-go lunch in single servings to a crowd. Once you more »

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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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