Try to Use an Online Camp Management Software to Save Time and Cost

Camps are organized throughout the year to satisfy different motives and goals. For example, governments of various countries arranges camps to provide shelter and protection to refugees and nationals who have lost their homes because of some natural calamities or war. We also find many organizations planning summer camps for kids or adults to let them enjoy the day and participate in various fun-filled activities. Now, whether a State organizes a camp or a professional institute, there is an urgent need to manage these camps properly to save time and cost.

Managing camps, especially the big ones is a mammoth task. You need to handle the registration phase as well as fee collection to ensure the success of the camping experience. An online camp management software can help you streamline and handle such elements of the camping registration process at an affordable cost. It is because of the cost effective nature that we see the majority of camp organizers turning towards using the Cloud-based camp management solution instead of manually controlling and supervising the event.

Technology is slowly overpowering the manual aspects of executing a task. Let’s see how such a solution is helping the camp owners manage work professionally.

Camp Registration Forms

You can create, design and publish the camp registration forms just like your existing hard copy forms. The only difference being is that instead of printing the form on paper, you publish it on the website. I Interested individuals can start filling it up their details as soon as it is uploaded on the website. If there is a need to enhance and publicize the organization’s brand value and corporate identity, it can be done by customizing the forms to make them look like your camp website. You can even add any number of questions on the forms to gather relevant details from each registrant.

Confirmation Emails

With an online management app, you no longer need to print and post individual confirmation letters to the respective registrants. You can quickly send confirmation group emails to all the participants after the successful completion of registration as well as any links or attachments that needs to be filled out.

Payments Collection

Cloud-based camp management app will let you accept registration fees using one’s credit cards and such other leading payment gateways. As a camp organizer, you can utilize the online payment solution to send refunds or chargeback to individuals who decide to withdraw their registration due to some personal reason.

Generation of Online Reports

After the camp gets over, the next key element is to generate a variety of reports to measure the specific aspects of business activities and ROI. Online generation of reports saves time and you can create multiple reports and store them on a single activity dashboard in minutes. All registrant plus their payment details get automatically stored in the solution database; hence you can instantly access them online to import them in excel or such standard formats.

Planning a Family Adventure Travel Vacation

So you have decided to take your family on an adventure travel vacation? It can be fun and adventurous but make sure you have a plan that has been carefully thought out if you want your vacation to memorable in a good way.

My kids are easy because I can suggest anything and they will think it is a fun, adventurous vacation idea but not all families are like that. Some kids are hard to please and thus a sit down family discussion might pay off in the long run. Allow everyone to have their input and then plan your adventure accordingly.

There are many things for you consider before you decide on a destination if you have small kids. Is the adventure trip something that they can physically handle? Is it a long drive? Will your destination be outfitted to handle and serve kids? What kind of weather will you run into at your destination. Sure it might be a warm beautiful day where home is but if you are heading north then perhaps you had better make sure all the kids have warm clothing packed and ready… or maybe it is just the opposite. What about medication? I have a child that is diabetic so we have to pack extra bottles of insulin in case we somehow loose one. All these things you will have to consider.

Make sure all of your children have identification on them and go over with them what to do in case of emergency. Even more so if you are leaving the country. The kids need to know what to do and who to contact if you become separated. You need to have a meeting place planned out ahead of time.

Most of the travel agencies that offer family adventure opportunities can help you plan your trip so that it is fun and safe but don’t depend on them. When it comes to your family you don’t want to take any risk. Plan the right way and adventure travel will become your families favorite way to vacation.

The Raw Food Diet

The raw food diet is as much a life-style as an eating plan; a naturalistic approach which excludes, in addition to cooked and animal foods, processed and refined ingredients.

In the ever-hungry quest for new fads and health panaceas, the raw food diet, with adherents such as Woody Harrelson and Donna Karan, is growing in mainstream popularity. Unlike many other bandwagons however, raw foods (also referred to as ‘living foods’), offer unarguable health benefits and one can reap rewards even as a 50% dabbler. To be a 100% extremist takes commitment, discipline and education and is best introduced gradually to avoid the overwhelm of inevitable detoxification.

A food is essentially ‘raw’ if it is kept below 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature above which enzymes are destroyed. Eating raw food ensures an opulent intake of nutrients, fibre, healthy oils and life-giving enzymes. Raw food is much more easily digested, taking half to a third of the time of cooked food, around 24-36 hours compared to 40-100 hours. Raw vegetables and fruits, are also predominantly alkaline so help to optmize the pH balance of the body (around 60-80% alkaline foods being recommended for an internal environment resistant to disease).

Whole foods, sprouts and raw juices are favoured in a raw food diet, and dehydrator ‘ovens’ effectively concentrate the flavour of certain raw foods to assist in the creation of a mind-boggling array of as-cooked dishes. I’ve eaten a raw food pizza that unbelievably contained no wheat, no cheese and no cooked ingredients! It tasted delicious and I was stumped to figure out what it was actually made of!

Raw Power

Raw plant foods are healthy, regenerative, cleansing, energising, predominantly alkaline, and packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy oils, enzymes and antioxidants that promote health, beauty and longevity. As well as enhancing digestion and protecting against aging and disease, a raw food diet has noted weight loss benefits and promotes clear, beautiful skin.

The benefit of raw food becomes even more apparent in view of the effects cooking can have on constituents in food.

The Effects of Cooking

Arthur Baker writes in Awakening Our Self-Healing Body, ‘Overly cooked foods literally wreck our body. They deny needed nutrients to the system since heat alters foodstuffs such that they are partially, mostly, or wholly destroyed. Nutrients are coagulated, deaminized, caramelized and rendered inorganic and become toxic and pathogenic in the body.’

The indigestible end products of cooked foods can linger in the gut, clogging the intestines and interfering with healthy elimination. They can cause a build-up of toxins, mutagens and carcinogens. Carbohydrates ferment, proteins putrefy and fats become rancid, creating free radicals that enter the blood stream.

Lipufuscin, the ‘aging pigment’, is an example of a waste product created from damaged proteins and fats. It accumulates in the skin and nervous system and is visible as brown ‘liver spots’ on the skin and eyes.

Toxic by-products and excess free radicals from cooked foods can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process.


Cooking destroys enzymes in our food. These delicate, heat sensitive proteins can destabilise at temperatures as low as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, hence even light steaming can render them inactive.

Enzymes, so abundant in a raw food diet, are highly functional catalysts involved in various health-regulating tasks in the body, such as breaking down food in digestion, delivering nutrients, carrying away toxic wastes and strengthening the endocrine and immune system. All living cells contain enzymes which function in cooperation with other minerals. As there is not an unlimited supply of enzymes, eating them in our food lifts the burden off organs to produce digestive enzymes which allows a greater use of enzymes for other metabolic purposes, freeing up more energy for the performance of other tasks.


In cooking food we can loose up to 97% of water-soluble vitamins (B and C) and 40% of fat-soluble vitamins (namely A, D, E and K).


Heat denatures proteins, modifying their molecular structure and rendering them unusable. The bacteria in the gut feeds upon undigested proteins that tend to putrefy, giving rise to toxins. Raw foods provide healthy, readily available protein in greater supply without undigested residue.


Oils are heat, light and air sensitive. Heating can destroy the goodness of an oil and alter molecules generating toxins and free radicals. Unrefined oils that are cold-pressed contain all their natural healthy substances (olive oil for example is rich in phytonutrients, flaxseed oil a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and so on). Oils should be kept refrigerated in dark sealed containers.


Fibre is essential for health and helps to flush out the intestines, scrubbing them clean and aiding elimination. With cooked food fibre becomes a soft substance, losing its brush-like quality. It can partially rot, ferment and putrefy in the gut, causing toxins, gas and heartburn.

Super Raw

Eating superfoods enhances a raw food diet even further. Superfoods are the most potent, antioxidant rich, nutrient dense, disease fighting, anti aging, beautifying, mood enhancing, immune boosting foods on the planet. Raw superfoods ensure an optimum intake of nutrients and phytochemicals for optimum health.

Raw Food Diet For Your Pets

A raw food diet for dogs and cats is both natural and species-appropriate. Not only does it provide a rich supply of nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes, but ensures a move a way from the low grade, inappropriate, highly processed and toxic ingredients found in commercial pet foods that can damage your pet’s health. If embarking on a homemade raw food diet for your pet (sometimes referred to as BARF), thoroughly research the area first as nutritional balance is essential.

Copyright 2006 Sylvia Riley

Best Tropical Vacation Destinations

Planning a vacation in the tropical destinations is one of the most thrilling and enduring experiences of a lifetime. There are thousands of tropical islands, which come from the Caribbean region. One can find numerous reasons to be part of such as adventurous voyage. The vacationers of the tropical region will witness the breathtaking landscapes, tropical marine fishes, white-sand beaches, blue mountains, exquisite coastal plains, pleasant weather, lush rain forest and much more to explore. Top tropical islands for vacations are mentioned below.


After living the urban sophisticated life, regular dining, take a guide to the island of top cultural festivals and events, which are well known for its exclusivity. Jamaica is the third largest island of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean sea. It is well represented as the land of wood and water or the land of springs. With some of the top tropical travel packages, one can give them the opportunity to explore the beautiful and hypnotic island of Jamaica.


It is the fifth largest country of America and is considered as one of the best islands to spend your vacation. It offers a complete gateway from the humdrum of daily life. The perfect white-sand beaches of this mesmerizing island would surely keep you glued to this destination. There are numerous activities into which you can get involved in ranging from the city tour, nature adventure tour, historical tours to thrilling nightly entertainment. Some of the historical tours are: Xcaret in Cancun region, Tulum and Xel -Ha and Chichen Itza Maya ruin. Others are: Cancun highlight tour, explore nature adventure tour, nightclub in Cancun.

Us virgin islands

One can take a tropical vacation on the US Virgin Islands. As it is the great alternative to the places mentioned before. It comes out to be a perfect holiday place for families, to pamper themselves with the hiking, fishing or sailing at night, especially at the place called St. Johns. There are many tropical vacation packages that offer the treasured experience of visiting this island. The island is famous for its coral reef national monument, its 12000 acres of underwater preserve and maintains the rich coral and sea life.

Dominican Republic

The island is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean, and the two third part is covered with the tropical forests. Besides the forest, one can find the botanical gardens, around 1200 plant species and close look at the sea life. Dominican is well known as the whale-watching capital of Caribbean as this is the only island where whales frisk throughout the year. One can easily spot the whales during all seasons.


This is also one of the exhilarating islands of the Caribbean sea. Aruba is situated 15 miles away from the north coast of Venezuela. It comprises of nearly 70 sq km of area and is well known for its white-sand beaches. The eminent beaches of Aruba are Baby beach, Eagle beach, Palm Beach, Malmok beach. All these white-sand beaches are the great spot to hang out with your partners and spend some quality time with your family and friends.