Why the Threat to the Arts Threatens Us All

Does your program teach and promote the arts?

Do you have a personal passion for the arts?

Do you have or know kids who have or could benefit from arts programs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions (which should be most of us!), someone in your world stands to be impacted by the funding risks that arts education programs and organizations are currently facing.1 Continue reading

The Importance of Diversity in Kids Programs

As Black History Month comes to an end, troubling issues surrounding race and ethnicity often lead the day’s headlines. Though the climate can feel divisive and unsettling, let’s reframe this confrontational time – for us and the kids we work with:

Every season of conflict offers new opportunities for growth and positive change. [Tweet this] Continue reading

Father Knows Best: Stories of Love at Camp Part 3

If you’re just joining our Valentine’s Week tribute to love stories that began at camp, be sure to read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Meet Josh & Rosie Bogard

Josh Bogard has been an overnight camper for 30 years – first as a camper and now as Head Boys Counselor at Iroquois Springs in New York. Every summer as a child, the night before Josh’s 8-week adventure, his father repeated these words:

“Be nice to all of the girls because you never know who you’ll meet.  Remember, I met your mother at camp.” Continue reading

More than Skin Deep: Stories of Love at Camp Part 2

Today’s Valentine’s Week tribute to married couples who met at camp starts with 2 stories from the same camp: Camp CILCA in Cantrell, Illinois. Love for these two couples blossomed from seeds of faith and friendship at this Lutheran overnight camp. They say the ups and downs of camp make it the perfect place to test a relationship and deepen a romance. Continue reading

Boy Meets Girl: Stories of Love at Camp Part 1

In honor of Valentine’s Day and camp directors, staff, counselors and attendees everywhere, we’re spending Valentine’s week sharing love stories that started at camp. Long-distance romance is a common theme in camp relationships. And, as you’ll see, when it’s time for a wedding, camp is often the perfect place to make it official.

We asked couples who’d met at camp to tell us why they think camp is a great place to meet a life partner and how camp itself helped seal the deal. We think you’ll find these stories as heartwarming as we do. Continue reading

3 Powerful Ways Video Persuades and Connects


Experts agree that video is key to today’s marketing strategy for small businesses. Check out these statistics from Hubspot1:

  • Video in an email leads to 200-300% increase in click-through rate, the percentage of people who click on your content after opening the email.2
  • Including video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80%. (As long as the video doesn’t automatically play, says AJ Agrawal at Forbes: “All the benefits can be eliminated simply by showing a video that obnoxiously plays the moment the customer lands on the page.”3)
  • After watching a video, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online.
  • 90% of users say that product videos are helpful in the decision process.

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