Red Cross Announces Swimming, Water Safety Program

The American Red Cross today announced its 2014 Swimming and Water Safety Program that features three new adult Learn-to-Swim course outlines, a new free Swim app and a Water Safety Instructor course that incorporates advanced simulation learning.

Among the highlights of the 2014 aquatics package, the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) program trains instructors in water safety and drowning prevention and provides information needed to plan and conduct courses in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. The course includes 23.5 hours of in-classroom training including a pre-course swimming skills test and 7 hours of online education. For more information, visit .


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Plenty of good advice for camp staff! Thanks for sharing.

CampHacker.TV @Camphacker

Thanks to @campbusiness mag for the shout out for our #camppros podcast Combating Communicable Diseases at Camp!

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On “Do you fill your camp beds every year?” April 4 Week-Ender blog post:

Came through loud and clear! Another valuable and insightful lesson that we should take to heart!

Vern Fowler

Divisional Sales Manager

McArthur Towel | WinCraft, Inc.


Eldorado Climbing Walls Celebrates 20 th Anniversary

Boulder, Colo.—Eldorado Climbing Walls, is celebrating its 20 th anniversary of being pioneers in the climbing industry.

Eldorado was originally founded by Steve Holmes and John McGowan in the early 90’s. Climbers themselves, Holmes and McGowan had built the Boulder Rock Club, one of the country’s first indoor climbing gyms. In 1994, they sold the Boulder Rock Club to work full time as climbing wall builders, opening Eldorado Climbing Walls.

In addition to climbing wall construction, Eldorado offers climbing gym start-up consultations, inspections and refurbishing services. The company partners with businesses through every step of their climbing wall build—from conception to construction and beyond.

For more information, visit .


Managing Allergies Most Important To Parents

An estimated one in 13 children in the U.S. has a food allergy, a common cause of anaphylaxis.

According to a recent survey*:

  • Parents of children with a severe allergy say that a summer camp’s ability to manage and treat allergies and the ability to bring necessary medications are the most important considerations for them when choosing a camp—more so than staff, locations, price or activities.

  • When evaluating a camp’s ability to manage and treat allergies, parents are most interested in staff experience managing allergies, having access to medications when needed and having a healthcare professional on site.

To ensure all camp staff members and campers are aware and prepared for anaphylaxis, post the Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis camp checklist. For more information, visit to .

*The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Mylan Specialty Inc.


Book Explores The Impact Of Camp

Hello Mother, Hello Father: Celebrating Summer Camp by Daniella K. Garran recognizes the tremendous influence camps have had on millions of Americans in the past century and a half. This nostalgic look depicts camp life in over 300 warm and engaging images. Summer camp traditions, such as campfires, camp songs, and many more are presented. Highlighted are activities that make each camp unique. Dozens of photographs from a variety of camps illustrate campers and counselors engaged in the myriad of activities offered. Short, reflective essays from past and present campers, counselors, and directors reflect on the importance of summer camp and its lifelong impact. For more information, visit .


Nasco Partners With The National Art Honor Society

Nasco is now a cooperating partner with the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) which is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Nasco publishes an arts and crafts catalog each year that features a kindergarten-to-college selection of arts and crafts supplies. Supplies and teaching materials for art history, sculpture, drawing, painting, tile work, leather crafts, ceramics, metal enameling, jewelry making, weaving, woodcraft, stained glass, and many other crafts are featured in this 532-page catalog.


For A Sweet Campfire Treat

Apple Crisp

Apples, peeled and sliced

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1-1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Fill Dutch oven halfway with apples. Combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon. Cut butter into mixture. Spread mixture over apples. Cover and cook about 45 minutes or until apples are soft.

From Love The Outdoors blog. For more ideas, visit


How To Make Mosaic Tile Flower Pots

Invite campers to get creative in how to use their flower pot. Sure, they can give it to mom or dad with some daisies or violets, but they can also use it to hold headbands, flash drives, or any other little odds and ends.

Supplies Needed:

  • Leftover ceramic tile (small colorful mosaic tiles work well) or old plates that you can break up

  • Terra cotta flower pots (larger flower pots are easier to decorate)

  • Tile adhesive

  • Grout

  • Hammer

  • Tile cutters or nippers (optional)

  • Paintbrush

  • Newspapers

  • Sponge

  • Marbles, beads, faux rhinestones or other semi-flat embellishments (optional)

  • Clear acrylic sealant

Prepare The Mosaic Tile Pieces

Place ceramic tiles or old plates in between several layers of newspaper. Use a hammer to gently break the tiles or plates into smaller pieces. It’s usually best to create an assortment of different sizes and shapes of broken tiles for plenty of variety. Another variation is to use tile cutters or nippers to cut tiles or plates into more uniform shapes and sizes.

Apply The Tile

Use the tile adhesive to adhere the broken ceramic tile or plate pieces to the outside of a terra cotta flower pot. Arrange them in a pattern or simply apply them in a random fashion. If desired, add marbles, beads or faux rhinestones to the pot as part of the overall pattern. Allow the tile adhesive to dry for 24 hours.

Apply The Grout

Once the tile adhesive dries, apply the grout. Mix a batch of grout according to the package instructions. Carefully apply it to the outside of the flower pot, taking care to work it down into the spaces between the tiles pieces and other embellishments. Allow the grout to set up for approximately 10 minutes, or the amount of time specified on the package. Rub the flower pot carefully with pieces of old newspaper to remove the excess grout. Once most of the excess grout has been removed, use a dampened sponge to carefully remove the remainder of the excess grout. Wipe the surface of the mosaic tile pieces, being careful not to dislodge any of the pieces. Continue rinsing the sponge and wiping the tile surface until shiny tile surfaces appear, but be careful not to remove too much of the grout between the pieces. Let the grout dry completely overnight.

After the grout has dried completely, carefully use a soft dry cloth to wipe off any remaining haze that remains on the surface of the tile pieces. Use a brush to apply a clear acrylic sealant to the outside of the flower pot. To use the flower pot outdoors, make sure the sealant is weather resistant.

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21-24 ACA Southeastern Fall Camp Conference, Savannah, Ga.—Hilton DeSoto


17-19 ACA Great Rivers Fall Conference, Ashland, Neb.—Carol Joy Holling Camp & Retreat Center

18-20 ACA Keystone Regional, Macungie, Penn.—Bear Creek Mountain Resort