Hello Everyone! and Happy Core Values in Action Wednesday!   I hope everyone was able to celebrate Valentine's Day with a loved one, and has been putting INCLUSIVENESS into action this month! Keep your Inclusion Resolutions coming in! (I have attached a photo on this blog here)   For this week, I am posting part of a letter written by Kevin Washington, CEO of YMCA of the USA. This is his explanation of inclusiveness, and how the YMCA can be a place of inclusion. I am excited to share with you! Think about how we put inclusiveness into action at Frost Valley as you read, and think about the ways you can be inclusive in your community outside of camp. Excited to hear what you think!   "More than ever, our core values, our inclusive mission and our work to strengthen community are imperative. We must continue to be a safe place where individuals and families of all walks of life¬†-- and all political ideologies¬†-- can learn, grow and thrive together. We must continue to foster empathy and be a voice for the marginalized. We must continue to be a bridge builder and an agent of social equity. This will not always be easy, as we know, but that is precisely why our resolve is so necessary. The Y is one of the few organizations in our country with the capacity and credibility to engage all segments of society." - Kevin Washington   As always, please share stories with me about how you are putting inclusiveness into action! You can email them to me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org.   Peace, Love, Bibbley, Lindsay
Lindsay Hutchinson

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Lindsay Hutchinson

Lindsay is the Camp Wawayanda Director at Frost Valley YMCA. She oversees the oldest overnight camping program in the country, which is for our campers grades 2 through 7. She just finished her fourth Summer at Frost Valley YMCA and is already working on creating the best program for our campers next summer! er favorite parts of camp are waterfront, Hoopla, and the friendships created through devotions. Coming from the great state of Massachusetts, Lindsay has enjoyed every moment working and living here at Frost Valley YMCA. As a Springfield College '13 graduate, Lindsay embraces her degree in Elementary and Special Education by developing leaders in her campers through experiential and environmental education programming. She studied with Semester at Sea during college, traveling to 13 countries in 3 months, which allowed her to embrace the people of the world and everything that we can learn from each other through cultural exchange. Her passions include traveling, cooking, and making music and she is an advocate for world peace, organic gardening, and love.

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