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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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My Jewell Story

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
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Meditating the meaning of camp!

Posted on 7/20/15 10:52 AM by Craig Dawson
When was the last time you saw a group of kids meditating and practicing yoga at Camp Jewell? Jack Burke, our Argo coordinator, stumbled upon exactly that just last week... A new summer has brought with it a new yoga and meditation clinic lead by both Dennis Mulvena and Lilly Holmes. Neither of the two are new to Camp Jewell though there passion and desire to create this new addition to camp has met immediate success. Together they have created an opportunity for campers to experience something new through connecting mind, body and spirit while at the same time becoming closer to nature and the surrounding outdoors.
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2nd Annual Y-TIP Banquet

Posted on 7/17/15 7:26 PM by Jordan Long
The Y-Teen Incentive Program held its 2nd annual banquet at the Riverfront Boathouse. Families and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of program participants and staff. Youth were recognized for their outstanding excellence in leadership, community service, academics and personal development while program leaders were acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to the success of the program. Abigail Horowitz, Shay Carmichael and Kaitlyn Keddy were presented volunteer of the year awards. Tim Baymon, former Y-TIP Coordinator, was recognized as well for his exceptional work with the program. Y-TIP is a unique program is designed to impact students and the community by promoting leadership, personal responsibility, and community involvement. Y-TIP emphasizes educational achievement for youth and program leaders communicate best practices for success and productivity in academics and beyond. Participants have the opportunity to receive a free membership to the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center with their commitment to the program.
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Camp Woodstock Collaborates with Summer Learning Initiative Camp

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.
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YMCA Youth Achievers Banquet

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.
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