While reflecting on the past summer, nothing jumped out to me more than the kindness, silliness, creativity, and adventure each of our Wawayanda campers shared. At the end of each session, the friendships that you made, the new things you tried, and the values that you learned blew me away.image1-4

I have an idea I’d like to share with you. Let’s start a movement together. We can call it: Core Values In Action.
Frost Valley’s 8 Core Values were shining in full force this summer. We celebrated them during Wawafest! You showed respect, caring, responsibility, honesty, inclusiveness, diversity, stewardship, and community. It made me curious to know how you were displaying the core values throughout the school year!
I’m inviting and encouraging every Wawayanda camper to embrace these 8 core values and put them into practice in your daily lives. It’s a movement to make the world a better place!
Throughout the school year, we are going to celebrate a different core value every month. From October to May we will focus on one Core Value at a time, with camper stories, staff quotes, and maybe a Core Values in Action Event! Be on the look out for more blogs and posts on social media!
In the month of October, we are going to be celebrating the core value of Caring! I’m excited to hear about and share with you all of the ways our campers put caring into action!
How does it work? Email a video, photo or note to LHutchinson@FrostValley.org explaining how you’ve put the core values to action. Have you shown respect to others? Have you taken on more responsibilities at home? Do you celebrate diversity at school? Let us know! We’ll share these moments so everyone can see how Wawayanda campers impact the world in a positive way. (Plus, after you email your story of how you demonstrated one of the 8 corevaluesI will send you an awesome orange Core Values t-shirt as modeled by two of our campers Ben and Helena!)
I heard a story about a Wawa camper who built so much confidence at summer camp, that when he went back to school his grades turned from 70s to 90s within the first week. That’s how powerful the core values can be; you, his cabin mates and friends, helped him get to this point. When you exhibit the core values, you help make every camper here feel appreciated, valued, and respected.
I hope you’re having a great school year so far, and I cannot wait to hear from you to learn about all of the ways
that you are using the core values to make a positive difference!
Peace, Love, Bibbley,
Lindsay Hutchinson
Director of Camp Wawayanda
845-985-2291 x271
PS, Send your story soon to be among the first to have your free Core Values t-shirt!

Lindsay Hutchinson

About the Author

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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