Leadership Lessons From a Night of Funk with Maceo Parker

By David Malter | February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

I was lucky enough to go out on a school night this week and see a truly outstanding performance by an unbelievable performer, Maceo Parker. If you don’t know who he is, find some of his music (there is a link at the bottom of this post) or just think P-Funk, James Brown, Ray Charles…

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Building a Successful, Lasting Team: From the Desk of Professor Dave

By David Malter | December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

After a busy Summer spent happily disconnected, a close friend suggested I watch Hard Knocks which follows an NFL team throughout training camp. I am constantly evaluating how what I’m watching/reading applies to the importance of company culture and employee engagement and he success of organizations. One of the coaches pointed to a saying on…

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Thinking About Bullying All Year Long: From the Desk of Professor Dave

By David Malter | November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we begin the off-season work of looking at the totality of our Summer programs, it’s imperative to objectively critique our Behavior Management plans including Bullying Prevention and Awareness. If you are lucky enough to interact with other youth development professionals throughout the year at conferences or other meet-ups, you may have access to some…

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The WISE A. Conflict Resolution Method at Camp Stomping Ground

By Jack Schott | October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Jack Schott I don’t like punishment. I never liked taking away flashlight time, or putting kids in time out. Punishment isn’t a long term deterrent of behavior and it gives kids the wrong message, but what other options do we have? Sometimes kids are mean, unsafe, or damage property.   Our staff, especially our…

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Thinking about Behavior Management: From the Desk of Professor Dave

By David Malter | October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the summer glow fades and we begin to think about next summer, the talk inevitably turns to how camps will manage camper behavior next summer. The world is certainly changing rapidly with increased access to technology, agonizing social pressures and the race-for-success at school. The one constant is that camp is a place to…

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13 Reasons Why – What You Should Know – Suicide Prevention

By Dr. Christopher Thurber | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

213 Things Adults Should Know About 13 Reasons Why by Dr. Chris Thurber (PDF) Assessing Suicidality (PDF) If you suspect that an individual is considering suicide, contact: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The effects of suicide are not limited to those who die. Suicide is a serious public health problem that has shattered the…

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Innovation at Camp: We Preach It, Are We Practicing It? From the Desk of Professor Dave

By David Malter | April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

I consider myself incredibly lucky to spend my days talking and thinking about camp…it’s awesome! I am constantly thinking about, discussing and researching ways to improve on the already impressive work we are doing at our camps from staff training to meals to program. Having the opportunity to then take all the background work I’ve done…

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By David Malter | March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Other People Matter”- Chris Peterson March 20th was The International Day of Happiness. In celebration, throughout the month of March, I received emails sharing ways to increase my happiness. What struck me was that none of the emails suggested buying a pair of expensive shoes or a box of chocolates. Instead, the focus, and rightly so, was…

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From the Desk of Professor Dave

By David Malter | February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lessons from the Road I recently had the privilege of speaking at CODACON and Campminder Camp 8 in Boulder, CO. My wife, Pam, was there representing her camp and learning more about Campminder (and also supporting me). After the conference, we rented a 1995 VW Eurovan and lived in it for 18 days. It is…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! To A Year that Is Positive and Full of Purpose

By David Malter | February 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year when people reflect and set “new goals” or “New Year’s resolutions” for themselves. As you can imagine, it is easy to make New Year’s resolutions, but much more difficult to complete them. When I reflect on the goals that I have been able to maintain or the goals my patients…

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