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Posted on 8/19/15 2:28 PM by Amanda Kelly
Dear Glastonbury Family YMCA
I am emailing today to commend your program director, Betsey Pitt and your entire Camp Glawackus staff.
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;
Posted on 8/17/15 1:29 PM by Andreas McCain
Christine Bapiste, 13, attends East Hartford Middle School. She is a student of many interests and talents, including reading biography and mystery books. She has been playing the baritone for seven years and has been a girl scout for four years. Christine has exhibited the Y core values with such joy and ease; her enthusiasm and eagerness to be a part of the program is evident. At camp, Christine worked with a group of 4+5 year olds called the Explorers. She took on the task and exceeded our expectations. She even asked to continue working after the scheduled time! Christine is always willing to help out and go the extra mile.
"I love the experience of working with the kids and influencing their behavior. Also I think the LIT program has help me to be a better leader so that I can make an impact on my community.”
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."
Posted on 8/15/15 10:13 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"This is my first bullseye."
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.
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."
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.
Posted on 8/7/15 2:49 PM by Jordan Long
We had quite the fun-filled session at Camp Dakota during Carnival week! The campers played games, created some beautiful art, and participated in literacy activities involving the carnival theme all week. They made paper clowns and carnival games during their arts & crafts blocks. Campers also made carnival webbing maps in literacy.
On Friday the gym was turned into an indoor carnival. There were many fun activities for the campers to participate in. Some of the favorites were: a ring toss game, archery, cup stacks, and a “knock it down” game. There were tickets given out to the campers for each game they won. At the end the campers were able to trade in their tickets for prizes.
Posted on 8/7/15 2:09 PM by John Reilly
As I sit at work in my office at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, I often used to hear the counselors engaging the campers who are waiting in line for a bathroom. They would keep them busy with games such as "Simon Says", "I Spy" and everyone's favorite "the quiet game". Lately I have been so impressed that that counselors are now playing trivia games related math, science, and spelling! The kids love it! YMCA Day Camp is a place to learn!
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