EBR Camps Blog

Month: March 2011

Health Forms Due In 16 Days!

Camp is just 88 days away and as the CECBR Team preps for the best summer yet – we are making big strides towards computerizing our Health Center and Medical Records!

At your earliest convenience please log into your CampInTouch account and continue to ‘Forms and Documents’ where you will find the following 2011 Forms:

  • Camper Health History (must be completed online)
  • Camper Insurance Form (this form needs to be downloaded and printed)
  • Camper Physician&Immunization Form (this form needs to be downloaded and printed)
  • Green Card – please remember to complete BOTH Sides. (this form is mailed to our families, if you have not received it please call the office.)

Additionally, if you are unable to schedule your child’s physician’s appointment before the April 15th forms deadline please complete ALL OTHER Health & Insurance forms and call the office so we can expect it at a later date.

All forms are due in JUST 16 DAYS – log in and complete today! If you need any help please call the camp office. If you have already completed your 2011 Health Forms, we thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, and please ignore this notice.

– The CECBR Team

Equifunk is named after the peaceful and picturesque city of Equinunk, PA.

Equifunk is what is funky about the country.

It’s not just about funk music. It’s about jazz, blues, world, and rock. It’s about celebrating the funky parts of all music.

It’s about The Pinocchio Theory… “If you fake the funk, your nose will grow.” – Bootsy Collins

Each year, Equifunk presents a new lineup of world-class artists. Whether you come alone or with a crew to fill a cabin, we know you’ll leave on Sunday with new friends who share a love of having a good time and getting down.

Equifunk is a kid-friendly event so bring the family along!

It’s the hassle-free music event of the summer and this is why you should come!

  • You’ll never have to deal with lines or crowds.
  • It’s easy to get close-up to the stage with plenty of room to dance.
  • Weatherproof performance space, so you’ll never get rained out.
  • Clean and private cabin accommodations, with indoor bathrooms and showers.
  • Healthy, fresh food with excellent service.
  • A resort-style pool to cool off in.

Max Seibald will be hosting a Summer Lacrosse Camp On August 16-18th at Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge! More details were delivered to CECBR Family INBOX’s earlier today! 

I’ve Been Ditterized

The following blog post originally appeared at The Camp Blogan online resource for Summer Camp Directors and was written by our very own Program Director – Scott Rosenbluth. Check It Out:

If you are a staff member at a summer camp or a child development expert – you have most likely come across a Bob Ditter video, book, article, philosophy or something along those lines during your tenure. For me, I have seen it and heard it all – from “good touch, bad touch” to the importance of head-counts and how incredibly important your co-counselor is during the course of a summer. But, through everything I have ever read, watched or learned from Mr. Ditter, the thing that made the most impact on me than anything else I’ve heard was his session at this year’s EPIC (Emerging Professionals In Camping) Pre-Event at the 2011 Tri State Camp Conference – “Understanding Today’s Children and The Big Picture for Camp Professionals”.

It is no secret that today’s children are glued to screens; computers, tvs, cell phones, iPads, iPhones, Blackberrys, you name it. The real question is how do we stop analyzing the numbers and statistics – develop a plan -and utilize this knowledge over the course of a summer.

We all know what camp can do for children, but the kids that will be arriving at our camps and youth programs about 100 days from now are different then those who joined us twenty years ago or even last summer. The key to a successful camp season in 2011 will be educating our leadership staff and counselors to understand our campers and communicate in a way that will make sense for kids but also ensure they are comfortable within our efforts to communicate.

Here are four simple suggestions from Bob Ditter that we as camp professionals can teach to our staff and apply to our conversations and communications with our campers:

  • CHARITY – Don’t underestimate the importance of “small talk”. Our kids should know that we know who they are, we know what they like, and we can relate to them in one way or another.
  • CLARITY – Talk in bullet points, be clear, and give examples.
  • BREVITY – Understand that kids focus and attention spans are dwindling. Be sure to keep it brief.
  • LEVITY – Tone and body language is everything. Regardless of the “type” of conversation you may be having, keeping your cool and keeping the conversation light is crucial to successful communication.

The reason I am sharing this information with you is simple. This is something we need to do as camp professionals. In an industry driven by children we need to be sure that we understand TODAY’S CAMPER and quite frankly – TODAY’S STAFF. Applying those four simple items to our everyday communications will make a big difference within our programs – but even more importantly, to today’s campers.

Thank You to EPIC and Tri-State 2011 AND Thank You to Bob Ditter – it took a while, but I have officially been Ditterized.

Are you one of the many who still don’t know what Twitter is? That’s OK! Check Out this Video for some additional insight! 

ACA’s Teen LEADership Conference

The American Camp Association is proud to announce a special event designed for teens working at camp this summer! The conference will provide teens with leadership skills they can use at school and in the community, as well as camp skills they can use throughout the summer. Teens can add this Conference to their resumes and will have them reevaluate camp as the life changing experience it truly is.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 from 9:30AM-3:30PM at Bank Street College of Education located at 610 West 112th Street. New York, NY 10025. We highly endorse this event for our CA’s, CITs, Upper Seniors, and PC’s.

Members of the Equinunk/Blue Ridge Team will be on hand and our very own Director Adam Baker and Program Director Scott Rosenbluth will both be leading sessions for teen attendees! We value this experience so greatly that CECBR will cover the registration cost for the day. For more information AND to register click the link below to download the PDF Flyer & Registration Form! 

Click Here To: Download PDF Flyer & Registration

All materials should be sent back to the Equinunk/Blue Ridge Office so we can RSVP your Teen for the conference through ACA, NY-NJ. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Scott Rosenbluth by emailing scott@cecbr.com

– The CECBR Team

95 days from today busses will be rolling through our gates and we will be getting set to kick off the best summer Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge have EVER seen!

You too can be a part of the Summer 2011 magic by joining us for Mother/Daughter Weekend. Registration forms have been pouring in so be sure to get your application into our Winter Office by the May 15th deadline! We hope to see you there! 

Download Our Event Flyer & Registration Form Here!

Join Us At Camp Games For A Cause!

 

Dear CECBR Alumni & Staff,

We are excited to let you know that Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge will have a team for the first annual Camp Games for a Cause fundraising event sponsored by the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey on Saturday May 21st at the Columbia University sports facilities in New York City.  We want you to join our team as we compete against hundreds of other camp alumni, staff and friends in this mega “camp color war/camp Olympics” style event, filled with games, food and of course, plenty of camp spirit! Events will include activities such as basketball shootouts, tug-of-war, sing-offs, wacky relays, dance competitions and much more! No need to start training for the day – it will be a day of friendly competition and there will be plenty of activities for non-athletes. 

The event will raise money for a wonderful cause; providing low income children with a positive camp experience through scholarships, trainings and program support.  As past campers yourselves, I’m sure you can agree that a positive camp experience has immeasurable benefits. This is a wonderful way to help provide low income children with the opportunity to be a part of that very special experience.  Even if you cannot join the team, you can still help by donating to the cause and spreading the word about the event.

Join our Camp Team:

Anyone over 18 years of age can join our Camp Games team.  To join us for this fun event, visit www.campgamesforacause.org and join our camp’s team!  This is a great way to see old camp friends too – we encourage you to reach out to all of your old camp friends and register together! Upon registration, you will immediately be able to create your own donation page and start raising money to help this momentous cause. 

Donate to the Cause:

If you cannot make the event, any donation you could make to the cause will help other children have the same positive camp experience that camp gave you each summer. Just go to

www.campgamesforacause.org to make a donation. In the spirit of healthy competition, we would ask that you click onto our Team’s page through the Team rank on the right side of the website and make a general Team donation. We want our camp’s team to have either the greatest number of donors or to raise the most money.

Spread the Word about the Cause:

Help us spread the word by liking Camp Games for A Cause on Facebook, writing about the event on your wall or reaching out to friends who you think might want to provide support.  If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or by emailing our Program Director – Scott Rosenbluth at scott@cecbr.com. We know you understand the importance of this cause and we hope you will consider being part of this groundbreaking event!

Warm Regards,

– The CECBR Team

CECBR March Madness Challenge

Greetings from East Hampton, NY!

You are invited to join Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge in our NCAA March madness Challenge via CBS Sportsline! To join the group and fill out your bracket click the link below (or cut and paste the link into your browser’s address bar). You’ll be asked to enter the group’s password before you can join. The group password is included below:

Link: http://cecbr.mayhem.cbssports.com/e?ttag=11_cbsinv

Our Group Password is: summer2011

The winner of our NCAA March madness Challenge will win a very special prize and be mentioned in our next issue of the BUZZER – Good Luck! If you have any questions please email scott@cecbr.com