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September 06, 2016 / Mikkel Patterson, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County

Editor’s Note: Mikkel Patterson is the Athletic Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, which is a Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation program partner.  This past August, at camp, Mikkel mentioned the #Uncommon Board, and I asked him what it was.  He graciously shares what it is and how his organization uses it to recognize and encourage kids doing uncommon things.  It’s a great way to reinforce lessons learned at camp over a summer or throughout the school year! – Janice Chan

In the gym, we have a board known as the #...

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August 30, 2016 / Janice Chan

All of the kids are back home now, either in school or getting ready to start school right after Labor Day.  But we had another great camp with 122 program participants and their mentors from 7 states and Canada!  Here are some highlights from last week:

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August 26, 2016 / Janice Chan

We'll share a full recap next week, but I wanted to share this final thought on this Friday when all our kids are headed home from the last overnight camp of 2016.  On the last night of #CRSFcamp, we ask campers to vote on a camper of the week from their team.  There is only one from each team, but there are usually many nominees.  One chaperone remarked that it was neat to see that the kids all saw different things in each other, despite having only known each other for a few short days.  Usually they just write names, but one camper wrote a reason:


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August 22, 2016 / Janice Chan

It is our final week of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp before the last of our kids head back to school, and we’re going to make it another great one!  This week, we have program participants and their mentors coming from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and even from Canada!

Today, they are all arriving at camp—many thanks to Southwest Airlines for flying in many of our campers!  When they get to camp, we check them in, assigning everyone to a team of new friends for the week.  Then we give them...

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August 18, 2016 / Janice Chan

Another excellent week of #CRSFcamp is in the books, thanks to an uncommon group of campers, mentors, and Badges for Baseball coaches from as close as Baltimore and as far away as Nicaragua!

We stayed in cabins on the Chesapeake Bay:

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August 16, 2016 / Heather Group

We are excited to kick of our first August camp with 186 campers and their mentors, who flew and drove in from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. On top of that we had a group fly internationally all the way from Nicaragua! The kids are geared up and excited for a week full of baseball, rope lines, team building and many more fun experiences. Not only that but they will have presentations throughout the week from our Badges for Baseball partners and inspiring guest speakers. We would like...

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August 10, 2016 / Janice Chan

We're ending the summer on a high note with two last weeks of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp!  Kids and their mentors will be coming in from across the country, and this time we will even have a couple groups from other countries.  We are busy preparing, but we want you to know that you can follow along right here on the Coaches Forum blog and also on Twitter! 

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August 02, 2016 / Amanda Borucki

Turn off your electronics, unplug your phones, and don’t look back. 

Even a couple of hours without technology is the best way to get in touch with your body, spirit, and mind.  Whether it’s on mountain hills, dirt trails, or open green grass plains, hiking is a calming activity that everyone needs to take time to try. While you can hike solo, hiking as a group...

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July 26, 2016 / Zach Rowe

Summer time is the perfect time for kids to participate in fun camps, events, and activities.  There is nothing better to see than a bunch of kids having a great time together. But how do you handle the kids who do not want to participate?  This blog post will equip you with some helpful tools and tricks to get those kids to participate with the others.

Kids may not want to participate in activities for a number of reasons. Some kids do not want to participate because they feel embarrassed in a large group.  Others think they are too cool for whatever activity is...

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July 20, 2016 / Heather Group

Whether you’re on the field, the classroom, or the work place, effective communication is a two-way process that helps us to be successful in all aspects of life. Though soccer teams can have up to 11 players on the field at a time, they must function as one cohesive unit during a game; communicating is one of the key aspects in achieving that goal. Reducing errors, making smart passes, and executing defensive strategies all...

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