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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!
Posted on 8/7/15 11:42 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
By "Ranger" Monica Karriem (aka Monimaker)
Posted on 8/6/15 11:07 AM by Ruthie Napoleone
"The frisbee clinic is the best because it’s awesome and we have Jack & Ben as counselors. And because we get to go off the rope swing on Friday and try to catch a frisbee at the same time."
Posted on 8/5/15 12:51 PM by Will Kusek
On July 31st, 2015, the East Hartford YMCA hosted its first Servant Leadership Luncheon at Camp Nowashe. This luncheon brought together community servant leaders, local politicians and top donors to the Annual Campaign to showcase the impact Annual Campaign dollars have on the children attending our summer day camp.
Each servant leader in attendance was able to see a snapshot of summer day camp and hear firsthand the power of the Y and the necessity for every donation dollar raised in the 2015 Annual Campaign. Our rockstar campers sang a true camp song, each servant leader enjoyed a delicious lunch with fellow members of the community, and each impact champion left the luncheon with a personalized THANK YOU card signed by our campers.
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."
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.
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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