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The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success

A new book that looks at the value of nature experience for children is "Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder". Written by Richard Louv, this book is more intriguing and compelling than the ominous name suggests.

Urban nature, our backyards and our vast community networks of parks and wild lands do offer a solution for anxiety, gaining necessary knowledge about natural weather and crisis management basics -- it offers parents and communities ways to help ensure that our children have time and space for unstructured exploration, learning and adventure in the most productive learning center of all -- nature.

SEE MY BOOK REVIEW for more on this highly recommended book for parents. You'll come away from this book with enriched memories of your own childhood in nature...and a determination to safeguard these nuggets of natural treasure for our youngsters.

Attention parents of summer campers!

Renowned psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber has turned 25 years’ of expert summer camp experience and advice into The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success — an engaging, insightful DVD/CD series that helps parents and kids prepare for a great summer camp experience.

“Summer camp is like any other life experience,” states Dr. Thurber who also authored the successful Summer Camp Handbook. “The better you prepare for it, the more you get out of it. This new DVD/CD series will make it easy for more families to proactively plan for a positive, rewarding adventure.”

“We are happy to support such a worthwhile endeavor,” said Cadey O'Leary Hershoff, president of Cade Laboratories — makers of büji. “We share Chris’ passion for camping and the great outdoors as well as his fervent belief that good preparation leads to a good experience. Whether you’re a summer camper or a weekend hiker.”

The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success is produced by the American Camp Association. The DVD/CD series is aimed largely at new camper families. Copies may be purchased at the show or on

Also available from this specialized bookstore is "Nature Oriented Activities: A Leaders Guide". Learn why your school, club, or youth program should make nature activities a priority. Learn how to define and organize your nature program. Then build your program by selecting from hundreds of activities that really teach about nature instead of just being set outdoors.

Written by three educators, previous editions have been used by counselors, program administrators, even college professors teaching leadership in outdoor recreation.

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Bird Profiles for Young Naturalists