Growing Your Gratitude

"When you change the things you look at, the things you look at change."
Dr. Wayne Dyer
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Each year at this time, thankfulness becomes a buzzword. It tends to go hand-in-hand with the foundational message of the holidays, which is to acknowledge all the good of your life. But there are times, people and situations we each face where there isn’t a thing in the world to be thankful for. Maybe you’re reminding an employee yet again to come to work on time, or your annoying neighbor has his music blaring. Perhaps someone refuses to participate in … Continue reading

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Do Your Feedback Gathering Methods Measure Up?

Survey says?
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Gathering honest opinions, insight, commentary and suggestions on completed camp sessions is an integral part of moving your camp program forward. Feedback gathering, in all its forms, is the first step in gauging the success of your programs straight from those people who have invested the most. While you may revisit feedback forms for content every few years, do you grant the same scrutiny to your methods? That is, are your methods the most effective for the type of feedback … Continue reading

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Bullying Redux

Camping professionals have been taking a systematic, proactive role in preventing bullying since the 1929. 
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Bullying receives a lot of press, especially schools adopt anti-bullying programs and states pass anti-bullying laws. Witnessing school shootings that were, in part, retaliation for relentless bullying may have increased our empathy toward both bullies and their targets, as well as our motivation to change. But tragic events, additions to curricula, and press coverage have all made it seem as if bullying is new. It might surprise you to learn that camping professionals have been taking a systematic, proactive role … Continue reading

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Frozen Memories

Playing outdoor hockey
is a favorite winter activity of the Stoller clan. Jim
Stoller, his two brothers and their sons soak up the good times during a game on their NiceRink outdoor haven.

Installing a seasonal rink is easy, affordable and conducive to great times. JIM STOLLER, president of NiceRink, wants you to close your eyes and imagine yourself on a winter night, stepping into your backyard, walking down a walkway, past a lighted-up fire pit, down to the foot of a frozen pond that you made all on your own. It’s the imagery authors dream of writ­ing and the “frozen memories” Stoller said his company not only makes, but prides itself on. … Continue reading

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How Do We Treat Each Other?

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This was the question the leadership director at one of North America’s oldest overnight camps asked the staff one evening. It seemed to be an inane question, given the label of “brotherhood” that the staff had given itself for decades. But the silence in the room suggested legitimate soul-searching had begun. The leadership director, Tom Giggi, was also silent, prompting even more serious reflection. (One of Tom’s strengths is asking good questions; another is his ability to wait for thoughtful … Continue reading

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Camp Nominingue is a boys’ summer camp located north of Montreal in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. Its 400 acres of forests and playing fields fronting on a beautiful northern lake create the perfect setting for fun, friendship, adventure and personal growth. [...] More