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  • Gore Hits the Waves with a Massive New Houseboat [100ft.custom made]

    08/07/2008 8:55:10 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 78 replies · 1,281+ views
    Pajamas Media - ^ | August 6, 2008 | Steve Gill
    Gore Hits the Waves with a Massive New Houseboat Former Vice President Al Gore, the Nobel-winning self-proclaimed global prophet of green, has made a lot of money from the so-called “crisis” of global warming. He has profited from best-selling books that tout the looming climatic catastrophe, won an Academy Award for a movie about his slideshow presentation that focuses on his “sky is falling” message about a world on the brink of environmental disaster. His business interests have been focused on the profit side of the equation when it comes to “global warming,” creating a “carbon credits” program that has...
  • UC asks Berkeley to clear campers from median

    08/05/2008 9:47:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 240+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/5/8 | Carolyn Jones
    UC Berkeley, poised to clear the Memorial Stadium oak grove for a sports training center, has asked the city for help to control a growing encampment on a nearby street median of people who support tree-sitting protesters. Campus Police Chief Victoria Harrison last week asked the Berkeley police and city manager's office to remove the encampment, which includes 10 to 20 people, tents, dogs, sleeping bags and banners along about 100 feet of the city-maintained divider on Piedmont Avenue. "The median is not meant to be a campground or a park. It's a major traffic artery for campus," said Harrison....
  • Booted by Forest Service, Scouts Now Help Fight Fires

    08/03/2008 7:18:22 AM PDT · by kellynla · 15 replies · 344+ views ^ | August 02, 2008 | staff
    Members of the honor society for the Boy Scouts of America who had to change their service project plans in Wyoming when the U.S. Forest Service instead allowed the Rainbow Family hippie group to use a location the Scouts had sought now are helping the federal agency fight a forest fire in the state. According to a report in the Casper Star-Tribune the Scouts, some of an estimated 1,000 members of the Order of the Arrow in the state, have "stepped in" to help firefighters in the Bridger-Teton National Forest fight the New Fork Lakes fire, about 19 miles north...
  • Gaza summer camps teach kids to fire rockets

    07/30/2008 4:47:54 PM PDT · by Alouette · 15 replies · 260+ views
    YNet ^ | July 30, 2008 | Ali "Kill Jews for Peace" Waked
    Palestinian children on annual vacation can choose between Hamas or Islamic Jihad summer camps, both of which boast militia-style training, Koran classes, lessons on political prisoners Ali Waked Published: 07.31.08, 01:45 / Israel News In the Gaza Strip, as in Israel, children are currently in the midst of summer vacation, and the Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s “summer camps” are in full gear. In the past few weeks, the Palestinian groups have been holding camps throughout the strip, some of them proudly displaying rockets and other weaponry. Hamas alone is currently conducting no less than 300 summer camps for tens of...
  • Dear Parents: Please Relax, It’s Just Camp

    07/26/2008 6:16:18 AM PDT · by Amelia · 41 replies · 588+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 26, 2008 | TINA KELLEY
    ...Karin Miller, 43, a stay-at-home mother during the school year with a doctorate in psychology, who is redefining the role of camp counselor. She counsels parents, spending her days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. printing out reams of e-mail messages to deliver to Bryn Mawr’s 372 female campers and leaving voice mail messages for their parents that always begin, “Nothing’s wrong, I’m just returning your call.” Jill Tipograph, a camp consultant, said most high-end sleep-away camps in the Northeast now employ full-time parent liaisons like Ms. Miller......The liaisons are emblematic of what sleep-away camp experts say is an increasing...
  • Anarchist group meets in Waldo woods (Wisconsin)

    07/18/2008 3:11:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies · 338+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 18 july 08 | ERICA PEREZ
    Waldo - Some 150 anarchists from throughout the United States and Canada descended on a strip of private land this week in this Sheboygan County village for four days of workshops, including some focused on strategizing for demonstrations at the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions. The 2008 CrimethInc. Convergence was the sixth annual communal campout organized by CrimethInc. Ex-Workers' Collective, an international underground network that since the mid-1990s has published widely read anarchist texts such as "Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook." The group also has drawn the attention of FBI agents trying to infiltrate the protest movement. At...
  • Rainbows displace Boy Scouts

    06/24/2008 10:29:33 AM PDT · by girlangler · 66 replies · 173+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 6/24/08 | CHRIS MERRILL
    By CHRIS MERRILL Star-Tribune environment reporter Tuesday, June 24, 2008 > LANDER -- Since Rainbow Family participants have chosen to stay put at Big Sandy in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains, leaders with the Boy Scouts of America have decided to alter plans for a major service project that had been scheduled to take place in the same general area. > > Leaders with the Boy Scouts' Order of the Arrow have decided to cancel a long-planned forest restoration project near Dutch Joe Guard Station in the Wind Rivers, said Mary Cernicek, spokeswoman with the Bridger-Teton National Forest. > > The...
  • Campers spend hours dodging hail of bullets (Tard Alert)

    06/20/2008 1:13:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies · 110+ views
    The Columbian ^ | June 20, 2008 | John Branton
    Campers on the north shore of Yale Reservoir hid behind cars to avoid incoming bullets and frantically called 911 last weekend after a Vancouver man — standing on the Clark County side of the lake — allegedly fired three guns toward them. “We were just getting ready to go to bed when we heard the first shots,” said Brad Burnett, a Vancouver man who was at popular Beaver Bay Campground with friends and family members including children. The shots began about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Burnett said, and continued on and off through the night into the campground along Lewis River...
  • Tornado Hits Scout Camp; Four Dead

    06/11/2008 6:48:40 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 37 replies · 494+ views
    KCCI ^ | 6/11/08
    KCCI is getting early word tonight of a tornado touchdown that hit a Boy Scout camp in western Iowa, injuring as many as 40 people. Our sister station in Omaha, KETV, reports that the Boy Scouts confirm four of those injuries are fatalities. Courtney Greene, a spokeswoman for Governor Chet Culver, says the tornado hit the Little Sioux scout camp. Speaking from the state Emergency Operations Center, which is mobilized because of flooding across Iowa, Greene said authorities have been told of multiple injuries and the potential loss of life. Hospitals in the area have been told to be on...
  • Tornado Strikes Scout Camp - Large Emergency Response

    06/11/2008 5:39:24 PM PDT · by silentknight · 325 replies · 788+ views
    NWS ^ | June 11, 2008
    A possible tornado has struck the Litle (spelling from site?) Sioux Scout Camp in Iowa. Very large response is being reported by media. Large number of injuries.
  • Summer camp caters to 'freethinking' children

    05/25/2008 5:11:27 PM PDT · by inflorida · 52 replies · 163+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2008 | Valerie Bauman
    ALBANY, N.Y. - When Joe Fox sends his daughters away to summer camp, he's confident they will be surrounded by kids who share his family's beliefs and values. Caitlin, 16, and Elizabeth, 10, go to Camp Quest, which in 1996 created a niche getaway for children who are agnostic, atheist, or just not sure what to believe yet. American parents have plenty of summer-camp options, from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the YMCA, and soccer, dance, music and drama camps. The Camp Quest concept started in 1996 with 20 kids at a site in Ohio with the slogan "Beyond...
  • Radical Muslim paramilitary compound flourishes in upper New York state

    05/11/2008 4:09:06 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 34 replies · 693+ views ^ | May 11 | Paul Williams
    Situated within a dense forest at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains on the outskirts of Hancock, New York, Islamberg is not an ideal place for a summer vacation unless, of course, you are an exponent of the Jihad or a fan of Osama bin Laden. The 70 acre complex is surrounded with "No trespassing" signs; the rocky terrain is infested with rattlesnakes; and the woods are home to black bears, coyotes, wolves, and a few bobcats.
  • Anti-corridor groups apprise locals of ways to 'just say no to TTC'

    03/17/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 513+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 17, 2008 | Steven Alford
    Plots by Communists to infiltrate America. The disintegration of borders and rural areas. Citizens mobilizing and rising up against government agencies and big business. It all sounds like the plot for a summer blockbuster, but it's something that could be happening in your own backyard. These were just a few of the topics addressed in the "How to fight the TTC" workshop, held Monday at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin. The conference served as an informational meeting aimed at informing citizens and local government officials how they can unite in trying to stop the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor project....
  • Camp what? New campground offers unusual name and unique purpose [Camp Lickalotta]

    03/08/2008 11:38:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 2,258+ views
    The Shelby Star ^ | February 25, 2008 | Drew Brooks
    CASAR — Nancy Leedy and Joanie Beasley are unabashed environmentalists, Christians and lesbians. But some people give the couple and others like them a hard time about their lifestyle. The couple has been bounced from church to church in the county — told not to attend or to attend only at early, less-attended services — and is at times ostracized by their community, they said. The solution? A camp dedicated to creating a friendly environment for all types of people: straight, gay, bi-sexual, lesbian or transgender. Born from a stretch of nature a short distance across the Cleveland-Rutherford county line,...
  • Atheists Flock to Secular Sunday School

    11/27/2007 11:53:56 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 564 replies · 316+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Nov. 26 2007 | Nathan Black
    Christian kids are typically sent to Sunday school for lessons on the Bible and morals. For nonbelievers, there's atheist Sunday school. With an estimated 14 percent of Americans professing to have no religion, according to the Institute for Humanist Studies, some are choosing to send their children to classes that teach ethics without religious belief. Bri Kneisley sent her 10-year-old son, Damian, to Camp Quest Ohio this past summer after a neighbor had shown him the Bible. "Damian was quite certain this guy was right and was telling him this amazing truth that I had never shared," said Kneisley, who...
  • U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony

    09/22/2007 8:35:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 31 replies · 578+ views ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Jalsevac
    U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony By John Jalsevac OCEAN GROVE, N.J., September 19, 2007 ( - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Monday that it was stripping the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of its tax-exempt status for part of its property. The Methodist camp made the news earlier this year after it refused, for religious reasons, to allow a lesbian couple to hold a "civil-union" ceremony at a pavilion on the camp's property. The pavilion, said Scott Hoffman, the camp's chief administrative officer to LifeSiteNews, "is a facility we...
  • Mom Achieves 100% VBS Coverage

    09/20/2007 7:34:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 9 replies · 60+ views
    The Holy Observer ^ | September 15th, 2007 | THO
    Three boys attended church programs every week of the summer MONTGOMERY, AL – Mothers around the nation rejoiced earlier this month as children grudgingly made their way back to school. But for Sandy Eaton, this year’s celebration was oh so much sweeter. “I finally did it,” Eaton said, tipping her head back and shaking it at the sky with tears in her eyes. “I’m sorry. It’s just, you have no idea how many long years this has taken.” Eaton is celebrating because, for the first time, she managed to find VBS programs for her three school-age boys every week of...
  • 'Friday the 13th' returns to Blairstown

    08/26/2007 1:31:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 323+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | July 12, 2007 | Mike Frassinelli
    Jason lives! More than a quarter century after it premiered, the horror cult classic "Friday the 13th" will be shown tomorrow night to moviegoers in the Warren County town where it was filmed. When patrons at Roy's Hall theater in Blairstown see the slasher flick at 6:30 and again at 8:30, they will have the unique experience of watching it from a building seen in the 1980 film. "It's not often you get to see a classic slasher film in the environment in which it was filmed," said Robert Armin, artistic director of the theater at 30 Main St.. "It...
  • Campers Tie Alleged Peeping Tom to Tree

    08/24/2007 10:51:54 AM PDT · by IronKros · 22 replies · 490+ views ^ | 8/24/2007 | Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A group of campers tied a peeping Tom suspect to a tree, keeping him bound until police arrived. Richard H. Berkey, 63, was charged with private indecency, a misdemeanor, by sheriff's deputies who were called to the Big Fan Campground near Bagby Hot Springs last weekend, according to Clackamas County Detective Jim Strovink. Campers told deputies they recognized Berkey from a similar incident at the campground last year and wanted to make sure he didn't get away. The 2006 incident was reported to police but did not result in charges. "Last year, we took down his...
  • Campers tie up man accused of peeping at women (tied to tree;admitted doing it for 15 yrs;Video)

    08/23/2007 6:24:22 PM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies · 2,468+ views
    KATU TV2 (Oregon) ^ | August 22, 2007
    Campers tie up man accused of peeping at women Campers tied this man to a tree after they believe they caught him peeping at women going to the bathroom at a campsite near Estacada over the weekend.     Story Published: Aug 22, 2007 at 12:36 PM PDT Story Updated: Aug 22, 2007 at 6:10 PM PDT By KATU Web Staff   ESTACADA, Ore. - A group of campers over the weekend caught a man they say was watching women go to the bathroom in the woods - a man who allegedly told them he had been doing similar...
  • Accused Campground Peeper Tied To Tree

    08/23/2007 4:54:47 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 30 replies · 1,048+ views
    ESTACADA, Ore. -- A man accused of spying on female campers while they used a campground latrine was arrested last weekend. Clackamas County deputies said Richard Berkey, 63, was spotted by campers in a latrine area at the Big Fan Campground near Bagby Hot Springs in Estacada. After he was seen hiding in dense foliage, Berkey was chased down and tackled by Jason Dugan, who was camping with friends, according to deputies. “He didn’t say anything and I caught a side profile and I just knew. I took off up the hill and I yelled for one of my friends,”...
  • Say, Has the Butler Cleaned The Trout Yet? Glamorous Camping is All That and S'mores

    08/20/2007 12:49:43 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 62 replies · 1,956+ views ^ | August 19, 2007 | By Kimi Yoshino
    When 6-year-old Ethan Bondick told his mom and dad he wanted to go fly-fishing in Montana, his well-heeled parents were stumped. "We looked at each other and said, 'Oh, god, now what?' " said Gigi Bondick, 37, a "reformed" attorney whose husband works as a private-equity partner in Massachusetts. "We're just not the camping kind of people. We don't pitch tents. We don't cook outdoors. We don't share a bathroom. It's just not going to happen. This is a kid who has never flown anything but first class or stayed anywhere other than a Four Seasons." After typing "luxury"...
  • Texas camp helps kids with relatives killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

    08/18/2007 3:26:53 PM PDT · by Dubya · 1 replies · 379+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Aug. 18, 2007 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    SALADO, Texas — After hours of drawing and playing games, the youngsters gathered around a table at summer camp to write letters to their fathers. But these letters weren't going to be mailed home. A counselor explained that the notes would be tied to helium balloons and released in tribute to the fathers, many of whom were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. "Are we gonna send them to heaven?" one child asked. At Camp Good Grief, all the children are mourning for a parent or other relative who died while serving in the military. "Age doesn't matter. The grief process...
  • Gay Camp

    08/15/2007 7:37:37 AM PDT · by Kaput · 4 replies · 628+ views ^ | August 15, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Gay Camp by: Malcolm A. Kline, August 15, 2007 To many cynical observers, “Gay Camp” may sound redundant but to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community it is a summer retreat for campus activists. “I didn’t realize you could get paid to be what they’re calling a professional homo or working queer,” Ashleigh Ratchford, a junior at North Carolina A & T State University told The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Paula Wasley. Originally, Ratchford had planned on a career as an FBI agent but she may find campus politics more lucrative. “After all, [the University of Maryland at] College...
  • Pastor accused of dragging girl behind his van

    08/11/2007 10:41:00 AM PDT · by Coleus · 62 replies · 2,341+ views
    San Antonio Express-news ^ | 08.11.07 | JEORGE ZARAZUA
    A San Antonio pastor and an employee of his Christian boot camp were arrested Friday on aggravated assault charges, accused of dragging a girl behind a van after she failed to keep up during a running exercise. Investigators with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office arrested Charles E. Flowers, 46, shortly before noon at the Faith Outreach Center in northwest San Antonio, said Brad E. Bailey, a spokesman for the Schertz Police Department. Bailey said boot camp trainer Stephanie Bassitt, 20, was later arrested without incident at her home in Kirby. Flowers and Bassitt each were being held on $100,000 bail...
  • Parents Upset After Kids Complain About Strip-Search at Indiana Day Camp

    08/11/2007 5:53:52 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 11 replies · 561+ views
    Associated Press/ Fox News ^ | August 9, 2007 | Staff
    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Parents say their children were strip-searched at a city-run day camp by counselors who were searching for $140 that disappeared from another worker's backpack. April Hinton said her 8-year-old son told her about the search that happened at the Martin Luther King Center last week. Snip Ivan Bodensteiner, a civil rights lawyer and Valparaiso University Law School professor, said even law enforcement officers have fairly limited powers to strip-search suspects. "Government would have a very difficult time justifying a strip search of kids just because they happened to be around when some money was stolen," he...
  • Kids strip-searched at day camp

    08/10/2007 4:14:41 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 1,453+ views ^ | 08/09/07 | AP
    Summer day camp strip-search (NBC NEWS CHANNEL) -- Parents are outraged in an Indiana community after they learned their young children were strip-searched at a summer day camp. Mothers like April Hinton want answers tonight. Hinton says "had our children not talked to us we would not have even known about it." She says when she talked to the director of the summer camp here at this East Chicago, Indiana rec center she wasn't given a great answer. April says "she says she was not aware that she could not do that. And I told her you feel that it's...
  • China hopes to cure Internet addicts at summer camp

    08/07/2007 9:50:52 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 12 replies · 326+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 7, 2007
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is launching an experimental summer camp for 40 youngsters to try to wean them off their Internet addiction, state media said on Tuesday. The 10-day program would accept youngsters aged between 14 and 22 once they had undergone a psychological test and evaluation, the China Daily said. About 2.6 million -- or 13 percent -- of China's 20 million Internet users under 18 are classed as addicts, state media have reported. The youngsters at the summer camp would be treated for depression, fear, unwillingness to interact with others, panic and agitation. It would appear to be...
  • Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp

    07/28/2007 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 83 replies · 2,719+ views ^ | 27th July 2007 | Edward Lucas
    Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp's mass wedding. "They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That must not happen to Russia". Obediently, couples move to a special section of dormitory tents arranged in a heart-shape and called the Love Oasis, where they can start procreating for the motherland. With its relentlessly upbeat tone, bizarre ideas and tight control, it sounds like a weird indoctrination session for a phoney religious cult. But this organisation - known as "Nashi", meaning "Ours" - is youth movement run by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin that has become a...
  • Church camp counselor denies sex charges

    07/25/2007 11:05:09 AM PDT · by John Cena · 21 replies · 841+ views
    LANCASTER, Ohio -- A camp counselor accused of molesting three boys at a church camp in central Ohio said he's innocent. In an interview Wednesday with WBNS TV in Columbus, 43-year-old Timothy Stephen Keil said he did not harm any children at the Scioto Youth Camp. The camp is about 50 miles southeast of Columbus. Keil, a married father of six, was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of gross sexual imposition. A Perry County judge ordered him held on a $200,000 bond. Authorities said Keil was arrested on Friday after three boys, age’s 8 to 10, claimed Keil touched them...
  • UK: Rubber rings [inflatable children's pool toy] ruled too unhygienic

    07/25/2007 6:38:20 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 25 replies · 558+ views ^ | Tuesday, 24 July 2007 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 July 2007, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK Rubber rings ruled too unhygienic A council has banned its swimming pools from lending out armbands [water wings] and rubber rings after a sports watchdog ruled blowing them up was too unhygienic. Bournemouth Borough Council in Dorset imposed the ban in response to guidelines issued by The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management. The council said it would be too expensive to train the 275 staff needed to follow the new rules. The guidelines also warn that accidents may be caused by unseen punctures. Raft of rules A council spokeswoman...
  • Terrorist boy scouts?

    07/25/2007 8:04:48 AM PDT · by AmericanHunter · 60 replies · 2,220+ views
    Terrorist Boy Scouts? 7/25/2007 Let me say up front: I am not making this up. There's a Boy Scout camp in Colorado where they've taught gun safety and target shooting for years. Well, when some newcomer neighbors complained about it, the county sheriff there likened the place to a "Hamas training camp." Elbert County Sheriff William Frangis, who's testified in favor of gun bans in Denver on multiple occasions, now has the Boy Scouts in his sights. So, what were the Scouts doing that caused all the commotion? Shooting sporting clays during a two-day fundraiser. Yeah, I know: So what?...
  • Back-Seat Driver: It's summer -- when RVs irk some [the eyesore in your neighbor's driveway]

    07/09/2007 8:59:03 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 14 replies · 570+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 9, 2007
    RVs -- or trailers, auto or trailer coaches -- cannot be stored for more than 48 hours in the home's "setback" area. That's basically the driveway or any spot between the sidewalk and the front of the house. That's city ordinance 15.140.020. Break the city's 48-hour rule and you could get a $100 ticket. ... If a person really is loading or unloading the RV for a trip, officials may give him some extra time, Fernandez says. But, he says, you can't keep putting things in and taking things out. "You can technically load and unload ad infinitum," he says....
  • Scouts' firing range irks residents

    07/08/2007 11:04:40 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 76 replies · 2,967+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 7, 2007 | Ivan Moreno
    Scouts' firing range irks residents Neighbors say clay shooting events disruptive By Ivan Moreno, Rocky Mountain News July 7, 2007 ELBERT - Neighbors say the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch is anything but that. The realization came after an explosion of shotgun blasts from the camp in May, when Boy Scouts held a two-day clay shooting fundraiser. "It sounded like Hamas had a training camp next door," said Elbert County Sheriff William Frangis, who fielded numerous calls from people who live near the ranch. The Scouts say no one complained to them. Although the camp has had a shooting range for...
  • Lost: Vacation Bible schools nationwide - Decline causes alarm among Christian educators

    07/02/2007 8:59:58 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies · 375+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 2, 2007
    The importance of children in a marriage for making that relationship work is plummeting, and a children's organization says churches apparently are reflecting that change in priorities, with tens of thousands fewer congregations now offering vacation Bible school. The concerns are being expressed by officials at National Children's Day, who promote the second Sunday in June as Children's Day each year. Since its beginnings in the 1920s, when Standard Publishing of Cincinnati became the first publisher to create a full-scale vacation Bible school program, the institution has been part of many communities' summertime outreaches. However, new studies show that the...
  • Camping and Lewis and Clark

    08/20/2006 9:07:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,082+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Camping and Lewis and Clark BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on April 7, 1996.) Now that it's warmed up, I'm thinking about camping. Don't misunderstand me: I'm not thinking about actually going camping, in the sense of venturing outdoors and turning my body into an All-U-Can-Eat buffet for insects. I'm just thinking about camping. What got me on this topic is a book I'm reading, called ''Undaunted Courage,'' by Stephen E. Ambrose, about the ultimate camping trip: the Lewis and Clark expedition. If you're a product of the U.S. educational system, you no doubt...
  • Miss Martyr Camp at the Y--Arts & crafts, boating, soccer and martyrdom.

    08/19/2006 5:33:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 774+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 8-19-06 | Joe Kaufman
    YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association.  That being the case, why would the athletic group allow an anti-Christian young Muslim girl’s organization to use their facilities for a jihad camp?On the heels of their counterpart Young Muslims brotherhood’s secret camp, the Young Muslims Sisters (YMS) will be holding their own camp, today, August 18th through the 20th, at the most unlikely of places – Port Murray, New Jersey’s YMCA Camp Bernie.  While the destination may be different, and the attire might have changed, the speakers at the event will be just as radical.YMS is a subsidiary of the Islamic...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • A disconnect at camp

    08/07/2006 6:49:05 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 286+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Aug. 5, 2006 | FRANCINE KOPUN
    A disconnect at camp Kids are OK with new no-cellphone rules, but not so for some of their parents Aug. 5, 2006. 01:00 AM FRANCINE KOPUN FEATURE WRITER Ali Goodwill, 14, spends three hours a night on her cellphone. "I usually have to gossip with my best friends, and I just talk with random people for another hour. ... I love my cellphone so much. ... It's my baby." So you would think there would have been tears, tantrums, perhaps a smuggling incident, when the Grade 9 student was asked to hand over the phone at the gates of...
  • Rabies Shots Urged for 950 Girl Scouts

    08/06/2006 8:33:56 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies · 2,767+ views
    Maimi Herald/AP ^ | Aug. 6, 2006
    Rabies shots urged for 950 Girl Scouts Associated Press LEESBURG, Va. - Officials are recommending that nearly 1,000 Girl Scouts who may have been exposed to rabies at a Northern Virginia camp consider getting protective vaccinations. There is only a small chance that any of the girls were infected by bats that were found in some of the sleeping shelters at Camp Potomac Woods, Loudoun County officials said. But authorities are erring on the side of caution because around 1 percent of bats carry rabies, a viral disease that is incurable once symptoms appear. Bats can bite children in their...
  • Church camp turned little angel into holy terror

    08/06/2006 2:53:23 AM PDT · by Clive · 104 replies · 2,981+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 2006-08-06 | Ian Robinson
    I sent my son off to church camp this year, an innocent nine-year-old boy, a little shy. They returned to me a demented little pervert with a repertoire of filthy jokes that would make Andrew Dice Clay blush. Not to mention three new hymns and a half dozen Bible verses. Cool. He'd never been to any kind of camp before. He was worried about all the normal stuff a boy would worry about before such an adventure. Would he be homesick? Would the food be OK? Are there bears? Or, even worse, GIRLS? I told him: A little bit. Probably....
  • An Arabic oasis in the North Woods

    08/02/2006 4:22:56 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 9 replies · 469+ views
    AP vis St Paul Pioneer Press/Twin ^ | July 31, 2006 | Patrick Condon
    VERGAS, Minn. — It's one of the rituals of the summer camp experience — young campers starting each morning with a group song. But here at Al-Waha, it's not the standard "Camptown Ladies" fare. The kids warble not in English, but in a guttural yet soothing Arabic, the language they're learning in a two-week session on the shores of northwestern Minnesota's Leek Lake. As they sing, Al-Waha's dean, Ghazi Abuhakema, translates: "My world is beautiful, and wrongdoing will not happen," Abuhakema whispers. "A villager I am. Our caravan keeps moving forward in a big long procession." It's like much of...
  • Encounter with a bear ends tenting at campsite ( Hungry bear attacks man asleep inside his tent )

    08/01/2006 3:11:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 490+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 1, 2006 | ANNE AURAND
    Planning to overnight at the Kenai's most popular campground? Leave the tent at home. Tent camping is now banned in the Russian River campground. Campers there must sleep in a hard-shelled vehicle. This comes after a bear grabbed a man sleeping in his tent early Saturday morning and bit him. Other campers scared off the bear after the man started yelling. He suffered minor injuries.
  • Young Muslims’ Secret Camp-The Young Muslims are hiding the location of their August 2nd youth camp

    08/01/2006 7:00:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 55 replies · 3,185+ views ^ | August 1, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
     The Young Muslims are in hiding.  They are hiding the location of their August 2nd youth camp, and the public has a right to know why.The Young Muslims (YM) was founded well over a decade ago, as a subsidiary of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an organization that was created specifically to emulate the violent Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami.  Through ICNA, YM holds events that feature as speakers some of the most radical individuals in the Islamic community.  These events include youth camps, which, prior to the attacks on 9/11, were referred to as “jihad camps.”The latest...
  • Campers honor unknown soldiers

    07/19/2006 12:03:11 PM PDT · by redfish53 · 13 replies · 403+ views
    The Brazosport Facts ^ | 07/18/06 | The facts
    Campers honor unknown soldiers Published July 19, 2006 LAKE JACKSON — Before a flag-draped coffin Tuesday, Brazosport Christian School summer campers witnessed a somber ceremony of remembrance. The casket, though empty, stood as a symbol for the sacrifice of countless military men and women, a sentiment not lost on the campers who sat motionless as the Freeport Chapter 4341 of the Veterans of Foreign War folded the flag, explaining the significance of each crease in the fabric. “The first fold in the flag is a symbol for life,” VFW Special Aide-de-Camp Wess Hudgins recited. “The second fold is a symbol...
  • Teens' message: 'Luther is my homeboy'

    07/15/2006 1:22:42 PM PDT · by siunevada · 46 replies · 823+ views ^ | July 13, 2006 | Amy Dorsett
    Move over Abercrombie & Fitch. For the teenage Lutheran, Abreadcrumb & Fish is much more hip. A slogan touting a takeoff of the popular youth clothier is among many campy T-shirts being snatched up by a massive gathering of Christian teens here this week. The convention of youth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is so large that they meet in two waves. Last week saw about 15,000 swarming downtown, and this week there are some 25,000 here. With a combined estimated 40,000 delegates, it is the largest convention to date in San Antonio. Between pricey hotel rooms, River...
  • Court Agency Bans Prayers At 4-H Meetings

    06/26/2006 12:13:52 PM PDT · by Abathar · 34 replies · 910+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | June 26, 2006 | AP
    CROWN POINT, Ind. -- Prayer has been banned at 4-H meetings in Lake County, Ind. A memorandum issued last month by the Lake County Cooperative Extension Service said prayer is forbidden at all times, including to "begin or close meetings, fundraisers, camp sessions, including meals, and/or award ceremonies." Stan Sims, the county extension director, said he issued the directive because: "We want to respect peoples' beliefs and be inclusive." No single incident prompted his note. The formal prayers had been a tradition at various events, including 4-H, which has more than 800 youth members in Lake County. The new policy...
  • Loney says camp closing because of his homosexuality

    06/20/2006 1:55:47 PM PDT · by DBeers · 99 replies · 1,734+ views
    CBC News (Toronto) ^ | June 20 2006 | CBC News
    Loney says camp closing because of his homosexuality Former hostage James Loney is accusing an Ontario Catholic camp he once worked for of closing its doors because of his homosexuality. James Loney alleged that a youth camp closed its doors in an act of discrimination. The closure of the Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Camp by the Knights of Columbus Ontario State Council, which finances the camp, was an act of discrimination, Loney told a news conference Tuesday. Loney said he and his supporters struggled with the decision to go public with the allegations, but finally decided to come forward. "We...
  • Utah Scouts preparing to push summer safety

    06/03/2006 5:33:43 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 153+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | June 03, 2006 | Pat Reavy and Ben Winslow
    Utah Scouts preparing to push summer safety,1249,635212541,00.html Deseret Morning News, Saturday, June 03, 2006 By Pat Reavy and Ben Winslow Deseret Morning News In the wake of high-profile outdoor tragedies in recent years, the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America is revising its rules to help keep Scouts safe this summer, and one Utah mom has developed an outdoors safety pack for children. The organization has made sweeping changes to many of its camping policies, including new safety measures for hikes, precautions against lighting strikes and new guidelines for campfires. "We now have in place...
  • Fresh Idea: Survival Kits For Kids

    06/03/2006 5:41:30 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 284+ views
    KUTV ^ | May 23, 2006 | anon
    Fresh Idea: Survival Kits For Kids May 23, 2006 4:07 pm US/Mountain The summer is here and you may have a lot of outdoor activities planned. But before you send family members out in to the wilderness, Michelle King shows us what every parent should equip their child with. In case of any emergency being prepared for the worst may save your life or the life of someone you love. Last summer 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins went missing for four nights, but was found alive. Just one year prior to Brennan, 12-year-old Garrett Bardsley also went missing during a scout trip...