Posted on 7/20/15 10:52 AM by Craig Dawson
Many of our long-time campers and staff had their first Camp Jewell experience during the “off season”–teambuilding, recreation and outdoor education programs we offer September through early June. Here’s one of these stories, from Shaina Provey, Utopian coordinator.
My Camp Jewell Story
Posted on 7/17/15 11:53 AM by Will Kusek
Parents turn onto Frog Pond Road to drop their children off for an engaging Summer Learning Initiative Camp (SLIC) at Woodstock Elementary School. Most of these children have been identified as kids who would benefit from staying in school over the summer to prevent learning loss. The children are led by Renee Suprenaunt, a well-respected and highly regarded teacher in the Woodstock community. They learn math, science, reading, music, and language arts until 11:30. Then these kids have an opportunity to join the Y community at Camp Woodstock for the afternoon where they build relationships with new faces as they swim, boat, climb, laugh, and play screaming toes.
This collaboration with our local school has provided an opportunity for children with parents who work a solution for summer childcare and the opportunity for their kids to achieve academic success at school. Most kids come from families where single parents or both parents need to work to meet day to day financial challenges. The 3 morning a week SLIC program was not an option for some of these families. Now these parents can have their kids learn at school and take advantage of the benefits of camp. We pick the children up from school on our little yellow bus 3 days a week and give the families an option for camp Monday and Friday when the SLIC program is not offered.
Posted on 7/6/15 12:42 PM by Andreas McCain
On June 4th, YMCA Youth Achievers Banquet was held at The Bond Ballroom, in Hartford CT. We recognized seven graduating seniors and thanked over 100 youth and their parents for their participation in the YMCA achievers 2014-2015 program year. In addition, we honored 12 adult achievers volunteers who gave their time over the past 8 months to youth from the Greater Hartford area. We had the pleasure of having Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., a surgeon and professor at the University of Connecticut, as our keynote speaker for the evening. He shared words of wisdom that touched the minds and hearts of everyone.
The YMCA achievers program serves youth in grades 5 to 12, in which they meet two times a month on Saturdays. The adult achievers serve as positive role models that guide the youth in various program curriculums and designed to demonstrate to young people the critical importance of striving for excellence in all that we do. We wish our graduating seniors great success as they all move on to college. We look forward to our remaining Y-Achievers to return in the fall and for them to invite a friend.