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How to be a Professional

Posted on 8/17/15 4:04 PM by Craig Dawson
As a staff member at Camp Jewell, my shirt says that I am a “professional role model”. This is a huge responsibility that I love to live up to every day. Being surrounded by other “professional role models” and truly enjoying the job I wake up to in the morning, it makes it easy to fulfill my duties here as the Ropes Coordinator. Now, as I think about my role here, I have discovered that I am more than just a professional role model, but I am a professional at many other things;
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Humans of Jewell

Posted on 8/16/15 10:11 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"I love everything about camp. I get to sleep in a cabin, make new friends and play games, and I really like choosing what I get to do. The other kids are funny and we tell lots of jokes. I'll come back again next year because I have so much fun here."
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Humans of Jewell

Posted on 8/15/15 10:13 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
  "This is my first bullseye."
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The Cartnicks: They Meet, They Marry at Camp Jewell

Posted on 8/14/15 8:24 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
The summer of 2001 was definitely a life changer for me. I came to Camp Jewell on a whim because I happened to see a table set up at the student union center at Denison University. After a brief interview on the spot, I decided I was up for an adventure. I left the familiarity of my typical Ohio summers to try something new—camp. I knew no one and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never attended camp and had no idea what it was all about.
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WOLVES at Camp Jewell

Posted on 8/9/15 11:31 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"I just finished playing extreme camouflage in WOLVES clinic. WOLVES is where you just go into the woods and do fun things. Like games and extreme camouflage where you have to cover yourself and your friends in mud and sticks to blend in. It’s not like normal games."
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The Power of Bacon

Posted on 8/8/15 11:42 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
And now for some thoughts on the Power of Bacon from our own Camp Jewell Swanzey coordinator, Alex Lattimore.
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My Camp Jewell Story

Posted on 8/7/15 11:42 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
By "Ranger" Monica Karriem (aka Monimaker)
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Humans of Jewell

Posted on 8/5/15 11:03 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"I'm from Russia, where I teach ESL and where I’m studying to get a Ph.D. in general education. I worked at YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, NY last summer and this is my first time at Jewell. I’m not used to working with high school kids, and I’m a CIT counselor so I’m with them all the time. It’s a new experience for me and it’s good—I like trying new things. I’m learning how to deal with different kinds of people and different kinds of kids. At first I wasn’t sure I could do it, but now I know I can and I feel like I’m doing a good job."
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Overnights at Camp Jewell

Posted on 8/4/15 10:54 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
If you came to Camp Jewell YMCA as a kid and/or worked here as a counselor you're sure to remember going on an overnight. For Chloe Shortall, the Nit Nois coordinator, it's her favorite part of summer camp.
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Zip Away!

Posted on 7/29/15 10:29 AM by Craig Dawson
Have you been on the zip line at camp? Whether it was the old one, tucked into the woods just off the blue trail, or the new one that sends you flying over Triangle Lake, chances are you overcame some element of fear in facing the zipline challenge. Dan Aune, Ewok coordinator, has transitioned from having a fear of heights to being trained to help campers work through their fears on the zip line. Here's his story: It may not be a new addition this year, but the zip line across the lake has really taken a place in my heart this summer. I've been coming to camp for a long time, and the old zip line in front of the treehouse was the obstacle I remember most distinctly from my younger years—it was the high ropes element that helped me conquer my fear of heights.
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