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This might be the easiest resolution you could make in 2012:  Get out and visit a summer camp.

If you are a parent of a potential summer camper, there is no substitute for the information you can glean about a summer camp during a camp visit.  Sure, you can read the glossy brochure, watch the videos, and visit the website.  You will digest a lot of information.  You might even feel like you’ve done your homework.  You haven’t.

Go for a visit.  Walk the trails, sit in the chapel, put your hand in the water along the shoreline – and talk to the staff.

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This afternoon I had the good fortune to visit a friend and fellow camp professional, Dave Bell, and YMCA Camp Colman outside of Seattle, Washington.  It was a needed reminder about the importance of taking the time to connect with the people and places that will become important in our children’s lives.  Camp Colman is beautiful, but Dave and his staff make it magical.

When you are looking for that special place this summer for your new camper, look for good people first.  When you find that, the rest will fall in place.

We’ll see you at Camp!

Nathan

For more information on Nathan’s camp programs, YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser and Bynden Wood, visit www.smymca.org

For more information on Dave Bell’s summer camps, visit http://www.campcolman.org/ or http://www.camporkila.org/.

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If you’re a camping professional, or someone passionate about camping, I think you will enjoy this book.  More than 20 authors have contribued 37 articles on the relevance of camping in today’s world, the positive impact it has on children, the future of teambuilding, camping, outdoor education and much more.

To download the free PDF, visit the Summer Camp Theme Guy website at www.nathanscottbrant.com

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Authors include: 

  1. Nathan Brant Summer Camp Source FORGET THE EXPERTS:  PART 1
  2. Mike Davria  www.CampLeadership.org  DON’T BE A DINOSAUR
  3. Jim Cain www.teamworkandteamplay.com NEXT
  4. Adam Issadore Path To Rhythm Group Drumming  FAMILY
  5. Mike Ohl www.gotcamp.org  CAMP IS LIKE . . .
  6. Sue Casine YMCA Camp Foskett  DIFFERENT AND FUN
  7. Pete Rondello, Sr. YMCA Camp Manito-Wish  TRANSFORMATION
  8. Jason Smith YMCA Camp Kitaki  TELL YOUR STORY
  9. Jill Tipograph www.EverythingSummer.com TODAY’S TEENS:  GENERATION ME
  10. Peter McGregor Peter McGregor THE COMMUNITY CULTURE OF CAMPFIRE
  11. Aaron Cantor Aaron Cantor 80 HOURS
  12. Matt Tuckey Matt Tuckey TECH ADDICT
  13. Randall Grayson www.visionrealization.com WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
  14. Randall Grayson www.visionrealization.com YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION
  15. Randall Grayson www.visionrealization.com WHO ARE YOU?
  16. Rick Garland Rick Garland THE CALL OF THE JUNIOR COUNSELOR
  17. David Seddon David Seddon IT’S A SMALL WORLD
  18. Dave Hennessey YMCA Camp Tuckahoe 257 FRIENDS
  19. Dave Bell www.CampLeadership.org 10 RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CAMP DIRECTOR
  20. Nathan Brant Nathan Scott Brant CELLS
  21. Mike Ohl www.gotcamp.org OVERDELIVER
  22. Brent Birchler Brent Birchler CAMP VALUES
  23. Jill Tipograph www.EverythingSummer.com TEEN VOLUNTEERISM
  24. Shawn Moriarty www.asinglefootstep.com LOOKING FORWARD:  ADVENTURE & ROPES
  25. Randall Grayson www.visionrealization.com  STOP MARKETING!
  26. Matt Ralph Summer Camp Culture  SOMETIMES WE WANNA GO
  27. Dan Weir Dan Loves Camp  BULLYING
  28. Randall Grayson www.visionrealization.com WHY RETURN RATES DON’T MATTER  
  29. Scott Arizala The Camp Counselor  KIDS WITH DIFFERENT NEEDS
  30. Smith & Chenoweth Camp Augusta  THE ART OF WORLD BUILDING
  31. Dan Weir Dan Weir TECHNOLOGY
  32. Randall Grayson www.visionrealization.com LEADERSHIP BENCHMARKS
  33. Shawn Moriarty www.asinglefootstep.com RENEWAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
  34. Jason Smith YMCA Camp Kitaki FOCAL POINT
  35. Travis Jon Allison Camp Hacker A NERDY KID
  36. Jill Tipograph www.EverythingSummer.com CAMP PEOPLE
  37. Nathan Brant Summer Camp Theme Guy  FORGET THE EXPERTS:  PART 2

Be sure to visit Nathan’s camp, The South Mountain YMCA Camps, at www.smymca.org.