Bring yourself back to summer time in the valley. After a long, hot day, everyone bustles into the dining hall hungry for dinner. The dining hall is full of friends, laughter, and clinking silverware. One of the cabins is called up to sing grace, we have a moment of silent reflection, and a moment of silliness. Your cabin mate hurries up to the serving line and brings back a hot, delicious tray of food for you to pass around the table and share with your cabin. We call this family style eating; we are all sitting at the table together, sharing food from the same bowl, eating together. Family style meals are one of the many things that we do at Frost Valley that build community.

 

Family style meals bring people together, encourage communication, allow people to relax together, and allows us to be thankful for our meal. The Family Dinner Project is a website promoting this idea of family style eating, take a moment to check it out as a family! http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/resources/faq/

 

Tomorrow, as well celebrate Thanksgiving, most of us will be eating family style, sharing a meal with loved ones. As you eat, take a moment to think about all that you are thankful for, think about the family that you are with, and think about the community that camp has brought to your life. I know that I am thankful for the Frost Valley community, and as I travel home for the holidays, I will be thinking of how grateful I am for my time spent with you!

I hope you all enjoy the community you are with during this special time, and I look forward to reuniting at Winter Camp! Keep doing amazing things in your communities at home, I am looking forward to hearing about how you are putting the core values into action!

Peace, Love, Bibbley, and happy Thanksgiving!

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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