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Posted on 11/24/15 4:41 AM by Andreas McCain
In recent months, the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center decided to celebrate our Active Older Adults by hosting a monthly Senior Luncheon. Lovingly named the “Prime Y’ers”, our senior lunch bunch meets on the second Tuesday of each month, right after our Silver Sneakers class, to talk about our recent successes and struggles, break bread together, and inspire each other with stories of how the Y is at work in their lives. Each month we have a different guest speaker to discuss topics such as mentoring, love and religion, health and wellness, and senior assistance. At our November luncheon, our Prime Y’ers decided that they would like to set a new goal for themselves and finally tackle our Rock Wall. So, at a future meeting, we plan to scale the wall as our staff and members stand by for encouragement.
At the start of each meeting, we ask for our members to go around the table and share how the Y has made a positive impact on their lives. On a particularly dreary day, one of our beloved members raised her hand and said, “It’s dark, it’s raining outside, I’m tired, and I’m old. If I’m here right now, you know the Y is doing SOMETHING right.”
Posted on 10/21/15 10:50 AM by Marie Garrison
October is a month full of ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and scary costumes. It is also when we purposefully put ourselves in spooky situations at haunted attractions and movies. For some it is a time to conquer their fears.
In Glastonbury, October is also when Leaders Club begins. At one of our first meetings the teen leaders began sharing what they are most afraid of. Some talked about their fear of spiders, some a fear of the dark. One leader even talked about her fear of meeting new people and how Leaders Club has helped her overcome this fear. She has said that because of Leaders Club she is no longer afraid to reach out to her peers and enter new situations without fear!
In fact the YMCA is helping youth overcome their fears every single day. Sometimes we don’t even know it. Whether it’s by giving a child the opportunity to audition for the play for the first time, or get into a pool and take a swim test, or rock climb the Y staff are there to encourage self-confidence, and to make kids feel safe.
Posted on 9/1/15 4:01 PM by Robin Messerli
Here at the West Hartford YMCA, we want to take a minute to reflect on the awesome summer we had at camp.
Here's some of our favorite camper and counselor stories and drawings from our YMCA Camps at St. Brigid School and the St. Thomas Seminary.
Posted on 8/19/15 12:30 PM by Will Kusek
YMCA Camp Woodstock’s Youth Leadership Director, Will Jones, is attending YMCA of the USA’s Emerging Global Leaders Institute, an 18-month leadership development program designed to develop cultural competencies in YMCA staff and volunteers under 30.
Why did Will get involved?
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.
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