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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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Wilson - Gray MOCHA Bike Ride

Posted on 6/25/15 2:39 PM by Andreas McCain
The MOCHA members had the opportunity to participate in a bike ride adventure. It was a 16 mile round trip from Simsbury to Granby, CT. The guys really had an awesome experience during the ride. They were able to support and encourage each other to keep pushing forward. Working as a team, all of the members successfully completed the bike route in its entirety. Program participants also enjoyed a barbecue lunch at Granbrook Park during the midway point of the ride. They were able to socialize, listen to music and build lasting memories with each other. This was an awesome opportunity for the men to exercise outside of the Wellness Center at Wilson-Gray and enjoy the outdoors. They have been working hard on improving their health and this is another great milestone accomplished. Way to work fellas!
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2015 Spring College Tour

Posted on 5/15/15 2:07 PM by Andreas McCain
Spring has gotten off to a great start! The Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center held its second annual College Tour and our Youth Teen Incentive Program (Y-TIP) hosted a record 41 students from different programs and high schools throughout the Hartford area. We kicked off the week-long tour in North Carolina. There, we visited the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Our next destination was Virginia; within two days we visited four schools including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Norfolk State University and Hampton University. At Hampton, we were delighted to be greeted by former program member and current college sophomore, Khalil Abrams. Our tour concluded in Maryland at the University of Maryland and finally Morgan State University. After such an eventful week of tours and traveling, we were able to squeeze in some much needed down time. What better way to do that than with major league baseball? We attended a Washington Nationals and a Philadelphia Phillies game.
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The Regional Community YMCA Is Taking Shape

Posted on 5/14/15 11:43 AM by Will Kusek
Community volunteers who campaigned, cajoled, and fundraised their way to leading the charge for the construction of the new Regional Community YMCA in Putnam put their names on it-- literally-- as they signed a 22 beam before it was hoisted atop the gymnasium at the new Y.
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Investing in Your Child’s Future

Posted on 5/13/15 8:13 AM by Craig Dawson
Education is a priority for most parents, ensuring their child has a solid academic foundation to help them succeed. It can be a huge financial drain with parents struggling to find funds to ensure their children receive the best possible education. Some families are able to—and do—invest large sums of money into private schooling, even as early as elementary school. While a strong education and a college degree are necessary to succeed in many industries, many colleges and potential employers look for well-rounded youth, not just those who excel academically. What makes your child stand out from the crowd among his or her fellow graduates beyond standardized test scores and GPA’s?
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Water Safety at Home and at Camp

Posted on 5/12/15 6:04 AM by Will Kusek
Summer is finally on its way-- and perhaps the brave among you have already taken a dip in a local lake or river ahead of pools opening. Water activities, from swimming and boating to simply soaking in cool water on a hot day, are among the season's favorite pastimes for families relaxing together and campers spending time away from home. As much fun as they can be, water sports can also be among summer's most dangerous activities. That is why you should make sure everyone in your family can swim! Whether your children will be spending their school vacation at a supervised camp, having unscheduled time with family and friends, or a combination of both,knowing how to swim can save their life. You should discuss water safety before anyone steps foot in the water-- and regularly over the course of the summer.
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