students develops due to the team working.

Working Together: Building a Library! Collaboration in Tufts Camp

two heads are better than oneAs the old axiom says, two heads are better than one. This has been witnessed during the Tufts camp for engineering students as they practice team working. The current project of building a new library has given them an opportunity to put theory work into the practical part of learning. They have been working with the contractor at all levels, from the designing to the site work including the construction activities. The construction of the four-story building is halfway, which has enabled the students to learn building and construction rules as outlined by the National Construction Authority.

First and foremost, the students have fostered creativity and learning while working together as a team. They can brainstorm ideas, which prevent musty viewpoints that often come as a result of solo working. This means there is a sense of shared knowledge to assist the students in learning and developing new skills to build their career. There is also an aspect of developing enthusiasm as opposed to solitary work. The ability to share innovations and discoveries with the team members has fostered knowledge amongst themselves.

Secondly, students have also been able to develop their talents more appropriately. Since it is a construction project, every coworker has a chance to share his or her abilities with the rest of the team. They rely on one another to bring each talent to the drawing table. As the team observes the process behind their skills, each person can learn the best methods of combining their gifts in order to grow as a stronger team. When a member sees a coworker using a different method in the construction process, he or she gets an opportunity to improve the skills.

students develops due to the team working.Thirdly, an element of building trust among the students develops due to team working. This means there is a stronger relationship between the coworkers, regardless of the common disagreement that may occur from time to time. Sharing a strong bond is a sign of effective co-working, which also establishes a firm foundation for a relationship that can solve minor disagreements now and in the future. Since the team members can trust one another, a feeling of safety emerges in the long run.

Fourth, the collaboration between the students is also promoting a broad sense of ownership. Every member is encouraged to share contributions without fear of contradiction, which help them to handle harder issues related to construction. Given the nature of the construction design, they feel encouraged to work together towards achieving a common objective. Even the institution will benefit from the teamwork approach because, at the end of the project, the job satisfaction level will be higher.

Fifth, team working and collaboration is encouraging healthy risk-taking. The fear of considering alternative approaches during the construction process is no longer an issue. In case a certain method fails, the team will be responsible for everything and reconsider a different approach. Even though a single student will not get full credit for a successful project, team working distributes the responsibility for any probable failures during the project. However, a team is comfortable with taking risks because each individual offers the necessary support even when there is a failure. If a certain method brings success, they will have created a revolutionary move that is helpful today and in many years to come. Interestingly, the riskiest option turns to be the most successful and the team can enjoy the freedom of thinking outside the box.

Due to the collaboration between the student’s team and the contractor, the students have learned more skills and personal requirements in construction sites. Safety is always important and that is why specific pieces of equipment must be used. Since the construction work started, every student has been issued with steel toe work boots in order to ensure safety standards are met. There are various reasons for using these types of shoes, and you will know them shortly. Here we go…

Construction Equipment: Steel Toe Work Boots

A steel toe boot is also known as a comfortable safety work boot or safety shoe. It is made of highly durable materials with protective properties within the toe area. The foot is protected from any falling object by the reinforcement material around the toe. Also, there is a mid-sole plate that offers protection against sharp objects on the construction ground. The students have learned the common injury cases that can occur at any construction site.

One of the major benefits of safety work boots is to prevent injuries to the feet as a result of falling objects. During the construction of the library, a stone of 40 pounds may fall accidentally and hit your foot.  You can imagine the pain, and of course, if someone is not wearing a safety shoe! The work boots have steel toe caps to protect such injuries. The steel caps are designed to absorb such falling pressure in a manner that the worker won’t get injured.

This is one of the reasons why wearing comfortable safety shoes is important. They come with toe caps to protect the feet from falling objects.

well-equipped garage workshop

The Well-Equipped Garage Workshop

A well-equipped garage workshop creates a fun and interactive way for the learners. They will easily learn general things about different types of cars, the maintenance approaches to prolong the lifespan of a vehicle, how to talk to car owners (clients), and ways of handling emergency situations. At the Tufts study camp, a reliable auto garage workshop is allowing the students to learn the practical part of their courses to ensure they have the actual skills when it comes to dealing with car issues. Space is perfect for the students to ask questions, feel unashamed of being less skilled, and gather confidence as they prepare to become car repair experts.

The workshop management has been welcoming more students to join during this intake period. The workshop is simply interactive without crazy and unwelcoming surprises down the line. Lessons are easy to learn since the educators have vast experience doing similar tasks for many years.

Lessons to Learn at the Garage Workshop

well-equipped garage workshopThere are various lessons to learn at the workshop. However, most of the modern cars require less regular service to maintain them in their good condition. Therefore, the workshop targets providing tips on taking care of cars so that the students can transfer the knowledge to their clients in future. Here are some of the tips students learn from the workshop;

Cleaning Interior and Exterior of a Car

This is one of the key things car maintenance experts teach at the workshop. So, why is it so important? When a car is always kept clean, it doesn’t look older than its actual age. Also, a car owner’s lifestyle can be judged by observing how dirty the car is. The experts are also recommending washing materials and equipment such as car vacuum cleaners for the interior. The Optimum bottle is also recommended for the exterior because it leaves a car looking a brand new. When a car is left with dirt for a relatively long time, the accumulation of grime can damage both the interior and exterior. It will also make the car to lose its aesthetic value!

Changing Oil Every 5,000 to 7,500 Miles

Changing the oil regularly is quite advisable. The experts go further to recommend the synthetic oil because it works well with many different types of cars. As much as a car owner may want to change the oil himself or herself, it is good to let the expert do it because they can as well identify another issue easier. This will prevent a costly mechanical repair in the near future. The fundamental responsibility of oil is to lubricate the engine as well as stopping detergents. Failure to change the oil may lead to accumulation of dirt that will destroy the expensive engine.

Checking Tire Pressure

The tire pressure should be checked every month. If the tire pressure is not sufficient, some problems such as instability, poor braking, and less gas mileage will occur. A pressure gauge is used to measure the tire pressure. Alongside measuring the tire pressure, a professional mechanic should rotate the tires to ensure they are wearing out evenly. However, let the car owner make the most out of them before considering a replacement.

Replacing the Brake Pads

Even the best brake pads in the market need to be replaced after every 25,000 miles. However, they can be replaced as soon as they wear down without waiting to cover the stipulated mileage. Checking the brakes is quite important, and should be done by a professional mechanic. A car owner can easily realize it when there is a grinding noise whenever braking. When the brake pads are resisting the loss of braking power at high temperatures, visiting a garage to replace the pads is required. If the car owner ignores it, the brake rotors may fail to lead to more costly replacement.

Maintaining the Car’s Interior

This is important because it keeps your car looking good as well as maintaining a high resale value. When grime accumulates, it tends to ‘eat’ away areas such as the expensive vinyl seats or dashboard. This eventually makes the car to look like a nasty machine. Interestingly, the experts at the workshop suggest cleaning products such as leather honey and meguiar’s quick interior detailer for the car interior cleaning. Not only are they relatively affordable but also leaves a car interior looking new. If the interior of the car remains dirty, it can lead to the devaluing of the investment, leading to loss of hundreds of dollars upon reselling it.

Lastly, experts also recommend checking the battery of the car regularly. This is important to ensure that the terminals and cables are in the right condition. They should be safely attached to the battery’s terminals, as well as corrosion-free. Remember, corroded cables or terminals may cause the engine not to turn on, causing inconveniences and time wastage. For the batteries with removable caps, a professional mechanic should check the level of the fluid, though it should be checked every few months during warmer months.

car stereo system

Sound Engineering Workshop in Tufts Camp (Car Audio)

The Tufts study camp has been engaging learners in various courses including arts and engineering courses. The site entails practical learning whereby the students are putting the theory that they have learned in class into practice. During the camping period, the sound engineering students have been given an opportunity to explore different industries that involve sound production and business. So, what have they been doing? Are they playing a vital role in the music industry?

Sound Engineering Workshop

For those who have been to music concerts, perhaps you have wondered the clarity and quality of the music. If the music was just amazing, there is a likelihood that there was a highly talented sound engineer who was controlling the music sound. 4 through blending, reproducing, and manning the electronic and equalization of the sound. That said, it should be noted clearly that sound engineers do not necessarily work on the music specifically. They usually design and control the sound to draw the audience’s attention to the concert.

This is what the Tufts students’ sound engineers have been practicing at the site. They have been learning how to control sound levels, microphones, and outputs by combining their ears with the knowledge of acoustics to generate the highest quality of sound for a wide range of purposes. One of the major areas where the sound engineers are likely to venture in is the car audio production and designing. That is why almost half of the students have narrowed down to go with this line of specialization given the high demand for high-quality car stereo systems.

car stereo systemA good car stereo system should be a centerpiece of a car music system. Not only produces the best music sound but also creates an attractive appeal in the dash when combined with other vital features. The modern car audio system is capable of performing broad multifaceted functions so that the driver or car owner can enjoy a better ride time. It is also important to know that a car audio system has three distinct sections.

First is the source, which allows the car owner to select what to hear. The sources may include DVD or CD player, AM/FM tuner, iPod or Smartphone, Satellite radio, or a USB port input. Second is the Preamp from where every sound changes are made. This section may include various control features such as fader, volume, balance, tone adjustment, source selection, crossovers, time correction, and equalizers. The last section is the amplifier that boosts a small audio signal into a larger signal. The signal originates from the preamp section and then sent to the speakers.

So, why do you need a new quality audio speaker system for your car? Basically, a good car audio system will offer a better music sound and more flexible playback choices compared to those typical stereo systems. Having a superior built-in power with good circuit design will not only be louder compared to the conventional audio system, but also generates a richer, cleaner, and more detailed music sound. If the tone controls are more enhanced in the preamp section, it means you can perform better fine-tuning of your favorite music. For the new car audio systems, there are numerous functions that have been added to the sources. These include; iPod and iPhone support, MP3/WMA/AAC playback, satellite radio, Android phone support, DVD playback, GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and Pandora Internet radio app support.

In the near future, these sound engineering students will be assisting car owners who are looking for new car audio systems. The technical advice is fundamentally based on the listening sources since they are the specific factors to put into consideration. Apart from the sources, you need also to understand other important aspects such as the level of sophistication you want. There are more advanced features on car audio systems that offer clearer display such that the car owner can see and change based on what he or she wants. Certainly, the touchscreen monitors are recommended because they make it easier when controlling and adjusting the stereo.

There is also an aspect of advanced sound controls, which are available on those high-end audio systems. For instance, the parametric equalization and digital time correction are quite helpful whenever a car owner wants to pinch the music sound. However, there are low-priced stereos with almost similar sound controls that can provide more stereo control than the conventional receivers. So, basically, a new audio will create a better music environment in your car.

It is worth noting that a good car interior is just cool, especially when the high-tech stereos with high-quality displays are installed. A car owner may choose to have animated full-color display, customizable color patterns, and touchscreen monitors with selectable colors and backgrounds. For those who may wish to enhance their music listening experience while driving, they can choose the car audio systems with flashing lights as the music goes on.

night shooting competition

Outdoor Opportunities to Empower Tufts Students

As one of the youth empowerment programs in the US, night shooting competition has been incorporated in various art faculties at different institutions of higher learning. The initiative is dedicated to developing skills of Olympic sports among the Tufts students across the states. The focus is to enhance the development of shooting competition that is believed to represent the US in Olympic Shooting Games as well as World Shooting Championships among other renowned international sports.

night shooting competition

The shooting sport is one of the outdoor activities that can be utilized to empower the youth, according to sports experts. In 2016, more young men and women have been practicing the game through the laid down programs. It was noted that there are many Tufts students who want to learn the night shooting sport. For that reason, an introduction program has been rolled out to help them pursue their dreams. There are Athlete Development and Shooting Youth programs, which are managed by the State National Champions Council. In this association, there are highly experienced night shooters who have received several annual awards during various such Olympics.

In order to make the programs attainable, the US Shooting Group has partnered with other like-minded organizations. This has enabled inclusion of all students who may not excel in other types of sports, especially where someone’s physical factors are majorly considered. Actually, a student does not need to be masculine, tallest, strongest, or fastest to participate in night shooting sports. The aspects of the game teachings entail things such as determination, patience, mental control, physical control, safety skills, organizational skills, problem-solving, good sportsmanship, and goal setting ability.

So far so good, because a significant number of students who have traveled across the world to participate in night shooting tournaments. Some of the countries where the students have set their feet include Germany, Munich, China, and the Czech Republic. Interestingly, the US Shooting Group provides the essential facilitation so that the students can attain their objectives and goals. Moreover, all the students have been working towards gaining the ability and potential to compete and become the best in the sport.

The Shooting Study Camp for Students

The shooting camp has a wide range of training programs including the safety and the rules of the game. This is different from a hunting camp because more aspects than owning a gun are considered. Of course, every student is issued with a firearm such as a handgun. However, other important factors must be taken into account to ensure professional shooting competition is achieved. This is where holsters, knee pads, and concealed carry belts come in. These pieces of equipment are mainly for safety purposes in order to adhere to the outlined rules of shooting games.

That said, let us look at the each of the mentioned night shooting requirements.

Holster for Shooting Competition

During a night shooting competition, it is not advisable to trade off your safety for the speed. That is why rarely race holsters are used in these competitions that involve the young men and women. There are a number of factors that have been considered when selecting the holsters for competition purposes. One of the factors is the ability of the holster to cover both the trigger and trigger guard. This is a legal requirement as those race holsters may not be safe for the youngsters, especially the beginners in the shooting competitions. So, the holster must keep the gun secured even during strenuous activities such as jumping. Another important aspect is the ability to get the gun out of the holster as soon as possible. However, a strong plastic holster is recommended because it holds it firmly while outside the waistband for easy access.

Concealed Carry Holsters for Shooting

For a concealed carry of the gun, it is quite vital to have the right belt. If the belt is poorly designed, perhaps it will slow down the ability to pull the gun properly. There are those dedicated concealed carry holsters, which are designed taking into consideration the ability to pull the gun easily and safely. However, they are stylish and designed to prevent the other partners from seeing your drawers. More importantly, they are made of sturdy material to withstand the holsters, bend, or stretch whenever you pull the gun. The goal-built belts are of different designs and styles, as well as featuring practicality and professional appeal.

Knee Pads for Shooting Competition

The knee pads for night shooting competition are often overlooked by shooters. However, this is one piece that should not miss in your kit when going for outdoor shooting activity. Even though they might not look appealing as some holsters or plate carrier, they remain an integral part of the shooting requirements. During a night shooting competition, you will kneel down on the ground while aiming the target. Your knees may suffer injury due to wear and tear of the knee pads, especially those made of low-quality materials. The right pads are supposed to prevent such scenarios, given the extended period of kneeling during training. Therefore, the correct kneed pads need to be durable, protective, and offer the maximum comfort possible.

Night Hunting Activity

Night Hunting Activity in Tufts Camp – How to Use New Technology

Night Hunting ActivityIn our modern world, technology remains to be one of the most trending things in all industries. It simplifies work by making tasks easier even without a person physical engagement. At the Tufts Camp, students are learning hunting skills through the use of technology, courtesy of the trail cameras. Some of the game trail cameras are waterproof, highly durable, and capable of capturing and recording pictures at night. That is why the students are comfortable using them for night hunting.

Hunters have been using them due to high-quality, reliable technology, and excellent performance. They can be used to capture photos without the presence of a hunter, allowing detection of animals of interest within a particular hunting area. It can be installed in a distant place and left to record when motion is detected. It has a built-in sensor to detect motion of animals, but the sensitivity can be adjusted to ignore unnecessary movements around bushes.

After setting up a trail camera, the owner or hunter can go back once it has finished recording the photos. However, it is worth noting that infrared trail cameras are more reliable for night hunting. This is because they use infrared to record photos of animals rather than a normal flash. The infrared is considered the best for hunters because it doesn’t disturb animals as opposed to normal flash cameras. At the campsite, students are also taught on how to set up the trail cameras without disturbing their natural habits.

trail camera

Before the start of the study camping, the use of trail cameras had already become an integral part of hunting activity. However, there are many types in the market that can be used in a variety of applications including hunting. Different categories of these cameras are distinguished by several aspects.

Types of Trail Cameras and Their Work

Digital Trail Cameras

These perform just like many other digital cameras. They come with features for night capturing and recording abilities, data storage cards, and power. Once placed in a hunting area, a photo is captured when an animal enters the detection center. However, the detection zone’s parameters may depend on the manufacturer, but most of them provide an amazing range based on the positioning of the device. There are also other units with video options for recording short clips to understand the exact patterns of an animal. The students can retrieve data by downloading the images.

Film Trail Cameras

They are similar to most digital cameras, but the key difference is the medium. Instead of storing the data in a digital memory card, the film cameras record data on a traditional film. Of course, some development is required when retrieving the information. That is why the new technology in hunting outweighs the use of these conventional trail cameras.

Cellular Trail Cameras

Cellular trail cameras capture photos in a digital manner, but the data is not stored in the unit. The camera is internet-enabled such that once a picture is recorded it is transmitted to a user’s mobile device through a wireless signal. It is quite useful for night hunters as they can retrieve data instantly, allowing them to make quick decisions. However, the unit must have a SIM card with a registered local network. This also means you need to have a data bundle in order to use it.

Laser Aim Trail Cameras

This model of trail camera uses digital photography principle, but the main difference is the integrated laser aim.  Since the laser is guided, the user can control the area to be covered in the detection zone, which the lens will focus on. It is highly useful for night hunting because it allows hunters to have greater control, as well as making clearer pictures compared to other trail cameras.

Strobe Flash Trail Cameras

trail-camerasThe level of craftiness is one of the key goals of using a trail camera for night hunting activity. This is the good thing with the strobe flash model. It produces a small flash once a detection zone is activated. The flash is emitted too fast such that the user is capable of maintaining secrecy. However, the flash may scare away animals. That is why it is preferably used for security purposes at homes or in private properties.

Wireless Activated Trail Cameras

The wireless activated trail cameras are ideal for night hunting. This is because they are capable of transmitting photos through a wireless network immediately they are taken. The unit can be connected to a receiving network, which is permitted to transmit. However, there is an element of network strength in order to provide the photos once they are captured.

Infrared Trail Cameras

These trail cameras are used during the night, especially in night hunting. The infrared feature is used with the help of sensors when required. When a photo is captured, infrared light is produced for exposure purpose. These cameras are perfect for night hunting as they do not disturb the natural behavior of animals, unlike the traditional white flash models.

Morning workouts

Morning Activity: Stretches to Relieve Foot Pain

Morning workoutsNowadays, people are looking for natural ways to stay healthy and fit. Morning workouts are becoming a norm, especially for those putting effort to lose weight. Perhaps, you have seen many Tufts students waking up as early as 5 o’clock to run or jog before going to classes. Experts recommend running as one of the best exercises for maintaining physical fitness. That is why more students prefer running to lifting weights unless those who want to build muscle packs. According to health experts, foot pain may develop due to lack of sufficient exercise that causes feet joints to jam. Therefore, a little exercise such as running every morning can be a solution.

However, it is important to choose the right running shoes. This comes a time when students with flat feet are suffering from feet pain after running. Of course, they deserve exercising their bodies to achieve their goals. So, how can they do it without causing more harm to their feet? For that reason, this article will be outlining the facts about shoes for flat feet.

Shoes for Flat Feet

Shoes for Flat FeetThe foot’s arch is naturally made of a curve in the metatarsal and tarsal bones. These bones act as shock absorbers when running or walking, whereby the arch cushions the impact from the knees, hips, ankles, and feet. Someone can have a low arch, normal arch, or high arch, which are all determined by the height of the foot’s arch.  Those individuals without a foot’s arch are said to have flat feet, and they are vulnerable to body injuries when running. That is why they need to choose the right shoes that can provide necessary support to the body. That said, you need to understand the three kinds of shoes that are designed for flat feet.

Support Shoes

According to health experts, it is advisable to wear shoes that offer support to their feet. Shoes such as sandals, high heels, or flip-flops are not recommended because they do not lift the arch of the foot. Therefore, you need to look for shoes with a label of “added support” since they designed to perform the duty of the arch.

Stability Shoes

If you have discovered that you always turn your ankle inward when walking or running, probably you have flat feet. This turning of ankle inward is usually referred to as pronation in a medical language. Pronation may cause stress on the knees, ankles, and feet, which can lead to serious injuries. For those who have a normal arch of their foot, their feet will land straight on the ground, unlike those without proper foot arch. Therefore, appropriate shoes with added stability help to control the landing pattern without pronating.

Motion Control Shoes

If you are facing the challenge of extreme pronation, you need motion control shoes. They are advanced more than the stability shoes because they have extra control and support features to keep your ankle straight when running. They have been designed incorporating medial post technology that entails dual density foam. Right under the medial side of the foot arch is a harder foam material, which could also be extended to the heel area. The hard compound material in most motion control shoes can be noticed easily right inside of the midsole.

Remedy for Sore Feet

Sometimes, the foot pain might be caused by other factors apart from the wearing wrong shoes. Your feet take in more than 2 million kilograms of pressure on a daily basis. This could be the cause of feeling hurt on your feet from time to time. So, what can you do to stop the aches?

Soak in cold and then in hot water

This is for freshening your feet. Fill two basins with cold water and hot water. However, ensure that the hot water is comfortable for standing inside. Pick a comfortable chair and then place the feet inside the basin with the cold water. Switch to the basin with hot water after a few minutes. This is known as hydromassage, which constricts and dilates the blood vessels of your feet.

Massage the soles with a roller

There are rollers designed for massaging feet. They can be obtained from a local health and fitness store. If you are not able to reach the store, you can as well use a golf or tennis ball to roll your bare feet. Do this for a few minutes on a daily basis as it exercises the foot joints, hence relaxing the tense muscles.

Stretch the Foot Achilles Tendons

This is applied to foot pain around the heel area. The Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendons, which is felt in every morning. In such situation, you need to move your leg forward while bending the knee. You will feel a little stretch in the heel. Switch to the other leg after about 15 seconds.

B&B shooting facility

B & B Shooting Range Facilities

B&B shooting facilityThe Tufts study camp has collaborated with one of the renowned B&B shooting facility in order to include the shooting range training for the interested students. The principal aspect of the design of the shooting range at the campsite is the safety. It has been constructed taking into consideration the versatility of the space to allow adequate room for the trainer and the trainees to practice shooting while maintaining downrange focus as well as keeping the maximum safeguards. The innovative space maximizes several lanes based on the capacity of the room while lending a better shooting comfort, orientation, and protection. In short, the camp is just safe and secure for both the learners and instructors.

As one of the Tufts camp activity, the students are gaining more interest in the shooting range. This implies that more enthusiasts will join the existing team in the near future. Now, the site has rifles and ammo ready for the learners to use. Apart from the just mentioned equipment, the facility has also provided essential gear that must be used by all participants. The management takes into account all the necessary precautionary measures to ensure that safety standards are met.  Therefore, the following are the pieces of equipment for the shooters at the Tufts study camp.

Hearing Protection

Since the shooting range is one of the activities in the camp, it is the responsibility of the management team to ensure all the participants have hearing protection. It is a requirement to have these protective products in such an ear-damaging environment. The facility provided high-quality earmuffs, which are usually preferred by most of the professional shooters. Apart from being reliable for protecting shooters’ ears, they are also affordable for any shooter out there. They are capable of lowering gunfire sound to safe levels, hence preventing the potentially harmful gunfire sound that can cause hearing loss.

Shooting Range Bags

Shooting Range BagsThe B&B shooting facility is an established and self-sufficient facility, which is currently collaborating with the Tufts study camp members to promote shooting range training and competitions. In this background, the facility has provided the camping team with dedicated shooting range bags with proper organizers and pockets to allow efficient shooting with less hassle. Of course, a typical backpack can be used in place of a range bag. But they lack appropriate features found in a range bag. There are range bags for handguns and rifles with specific pockets for gear, sturdy shoulder straps, and highly durable material to resist wear and tear.


Shooting Range Eye Protection

Ignorance when it comes to using of eye protection in the shooting range has been discouraged. That is why every student must use the protective gear in order to protect the eyes against grime due to blowback, the explosion of brass, and any bullet fragments. These small pieces of solids can cause serious injuries to the eyes. The shooting eye protective gear comes in different types, but the ones used at the campsite are of the best quality. They are capable of preventing the mentioned particles as well as shielding damaging sunrays from reaching your eyes. Sometimes, they can be used as normal sunglasses even when not in a shooting range.

Shooting Range Multi-Tool

In case your gun or ammo stops working properly, you will need another one. This is also important when it comes to clearing a jam, reassembling a gun, or tightening a loose rifle scope. The multi-tool comes in when such situations happen. The package has screwdriver blades, Allen wrench, choke tube wrench, carbon scrapper, and a file. Even though the tool is mostly carried by the experienced or serious shooters, the facility has provided them to create a sense of a professional shooting range activity.

Shooting Range Cleaning Kit

The tendency of cleaning the guns after the shooting is no longer encouraged at the Tufts study camp. This is because a professional shooter should learn to clean his or her gun while at the shooting range. Additionally, a gun is supposed to be cleaned while on the outside and on a flat surface. Also, some guns such as .22 automatics may start to jam too frequently, which means they need to be cleaned in order to continue with the shooting activity. Therefore, it is advisable to have the cleaning kits to oust stubborn or barrel obstructions.

Shooting Range Portable Rest

In order to train the students on how to shoot up to the rifle’s maximum potential, a firm rest is required.  The idea of improvising things is not encouraged anymore at the campsite because time-saving and preventing frustrations are part of the training. Therefore, a portable rest is needed to enable a shooter to spring and adjust properly before making a shot.

Shooting Range Spotting Scope

The Spotting scope is useful for those who want to shoot about 100 yards or more.  It saves time by magnifying the target at a far distance. The high-quality scopes are the best for shooting since they come with an HD lens system for excellent transmission of light for achieving a high magnification optic.

Tennis Equipment

2017 Women’s Tennis Tournament Applications

For many years, tennis sport has been seen as a technical game that is played by specialized people. It seemed as if a great deal of training and patience is required in order to acquire the playing experience for someone to start enjoying it. However, things have changed nowadays because tennis can be played by everyone regardless of gender and age. As we talk, Tufts women are enrolling in tennis training programs like never before. This is a clear indication that the activity is simply full of fun and enjoyable for all people.

Women's Tennis Tournament Applications

The 2017 women’s tennis is geared to offer them an opportunity to experience the great feel of the game. In addition, they will also gain from the health benefits that tennis has to offer. Women who participate in this game regularly are likely to increase their lifespan, according to various physicians. A tournament also helps in burning calories compared to aerobics, according to calorie expenditure studies. The exercise engages all muscle groups, which incorporates both the aerobic and anaerobic activities.

Being a quite active game with intense bursts, quick shots, and a brief period of rest, tennis sport is unarguably an exercise that should be practiced by all women trying to maintain their health and wellness.  The interval training is basically the process of playing tennis game, which enables the muscles to utilize oxygen in a more efficient manner. Actually, this is one of the reasons why 2017 tennis tournament was planned so that women can have a chance to enhance their body fitness. Additionally, it improves the flexibility and hand-eye coordination through the timing of an oncoming ball and establishing a proper contact point through constant maneuvering and stretching.

It has been a broadly popular game for Tufts women nowadays, which differs considerably from other types of sports such as basketball and soccer. There is a lot of confidence and concentration required in order to overcome the opponent. A player needs extraordinary courage to make a risky shot, as well as endurance to bear up a long three set game. The sport is now loved by many women, both young and old. Due to the increasing popularity, there are various aspects that must be considered before a tournament is approved to take place. These factors entail the equipment for players ranging in choices based on skill level, competitive desires, and age.

Tennis Equipment

Tennis EquipmentTennis balls

A tennis ball is designed with a rubber core with a hollow interior. The yellow and white balls are the recommended choices for tournaments. The international tennis federation recommends a ball measure of 2.5″ or 2.63″ in diameter. The bouncing power should also measure 53″ or 58″ when dropped from 100″ height. However, there are different ball sizes for all players including the youngsters. The yellow balls are suitable for anyone from 11 years and above, or anyone who is capable of using a full-sized tennis ball. For children between 5 and 8 years, they can utilize the felt or red foam balls while those between 9 and 10 should use the orange balls. The type of the ball and the age of a player can be used to gauge the skill level. It is worth noting that the more a ball is used, the slower it becomes to fly through the air.

Tennis shoes

In regards to women tennis tournament, it is ideal to have the right women’s tennis shoes that offer specific features. First, they should be lightweight for an efficient performance because the game involves a constant movement in all directions. The shoes should also provide enough stability as the player moves fast. Poorly designed shoes may cause leg injuries and sprained ankles. It is also important to understand that the right shoes for playing tennis must be made of a breathable material. If the match is set to start during a hot weather, a player is likely to perform poorly when wearing squeezed shoes. So, the shoes should allow air-flow to the feet for comfort purposes.


Racquets come in a wide variety of sizes for different players based on age and skill level. The racquets have since changed to be wooden ones. The modern ones are made of lighter and durable materials. The graphite and aluminum racquet frames are the popularly used. However, the size and weight may also be determined by the strength of the players. A heavier model is basically powerful though a player may tire faster than another player using a racquet suitable for her strength. Before going for a tournament, it is advisable to try different racquets and choose what suits your strength and weight.


Most of the tournaments require a certain type of apparel. However, the most important thing about apparel choice is the comfort. In the recent years, players used to choose white clothing so that they can reflect solar and keep their bodies cooler. This idea has been replaced by the incorporation of technology in the tennis industry. Cotton clothing is no longer the only choice as there are other clothing made of advanced fabrics to keep moisture away from the players’ body.

Little League Baseball Tournament

2017 Little League Baseball Tournament in Tufts

In the past one decade or so, the baseball tournament in Tufts has become a popular tradition of little league baseball. Nowadays, young people between 10 and 17 years are participating in over 50 games a year. This is what has made the game to receive more fans and even creating an opportunity for those who are unable to excel in other sports. The game engages all sorts of professional aspects whereby the development of sports is encouraged as well as focusing on result orientation.

Little League Baseball Tournament

The experts who are currently coaching the Tufts students are quite aware of the positive outcome that baseball has to offer. One of them is the playing experience, which is acquired through professional training. In the bigger picture, young players who have been participating in little league baseball tournaments have experienced commendable benefits.  As they always say, baseball is the best type of sport on earth. It has been found to have enormous health benefits as well as a wide range of life lessons to learn.

The first rule of the game is to respect the sport. From the opponents, teammates, umpires, fans, players, and parents, all deserve the respect. Even though a team will want to play and win, the deal should not just end at that point. There are other aspects such as health, safety, and future of the young players that should be taken into consideration. Since the little league baseball became popular among the youngsters, the health factor has been one of the things that hinder baseball game development. That said, developing people is more than just developing the ball players!

Benefits of Baseball Game for Youngsters

First, little league baseball tournament enhances the growth of better learning ethics in colleges. The significant amount of time spent during training will make some young people develop viable habits, which can be useful in their studies. A student with strong learning habits will record good results throughout the study period.

Second, it is possible for a young person to reach his or her potential through the little league baseball tournament. There are more than 50 games to play a year, and these allow the players to have many swings as possible. In turn, it helps the players to acquire more experience compared to players of Rec Leagues. Therefore, they have a better opportunity to achieve their full potential in the near future.

Third, there is an aspect of more experience gain on the side of the pitchers. As we have seen above, the hitters will have more chances to get more swings when there are many games scheduled throughout the year. So too are the pitchers, as they are getting a good chance to throw innings hence improving their level of experience.

Fourth, little league baseball enhances life experience for the players. Travelling frequently within the country and even outside the country severally will definitely increase a player’s life experience. A young person will be able to meet different people with different cultures, thus understanding the diversity in human race.

Fifth, there are highly experienced coaches of little league baseball for the Tufts students. There is no doubt that these youngsters will excel in this type of sport. This translates to producing excellent players, best hitters, and pitchers with the right fundamental skills.

Baseball Equipment: BBCOR Bats

In the past recent years, the national federation of Tufts school associations and the national athletic association of colleges used a bat certification test known as a ball exit speed ration. It measured how quickly a ball can bounce off an aluminum bat barrel. However, this test has been failing in testing the safety and how the youth baseball bat can perform after breaking in. Therefore, this means that the bat was becoming too hot. The issue has now been solved through the implementation of the BBCOR certification test. The BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution.

The BBCOR is responsible for regulating the energy used or lost when a bat and a baseball comes into contact. This energy is measured using a number, whereby the higher the number registered by a bat the more dangerous or hotter a baseball bat becomes. BBCOR ensures that a non-wood bat performs just like a wood one. If a bat passes the test, it is referred to as BBCOR certified and it is stamped a .50. This is the standard number for all BBCOR certified bats since it is slightly higher compared to a wood bat.

In conclusion, a high school or college student of Tufts must have a BBCOR certified baseball bat in order to be allowed to participate in a little league baseball tournament. It is also important to understand the type of material a BBCOR baseball must be made of. Basically, they are divided into composite and aluminum designs. The composite ones are more popular because they offer a player several advantages to improve on performance. These include a wider sweet spot, higher durability, and less vibration. On the other hand, aluminum ones provide a more conventional feel and a characteristic “ping” sound when comes into contact with the ball.