Happy Wednesday, everyone!

 

#CoreValuesInAction are here and its time to introduce the Core Value of the month, Caring! Caring is one of the core values that Frost Valley shares with all of the other YMCAs in the U.S. Its color is red which is the color of your heart, where your caring actions come from. I think that some of the most generous “caring” folks at camp are our counselors. They love and care about all of our campers so much, and their dedication to making camp the best is because they care!

 

To introduce Caring this month, I’ve put together a few photos and quotes from this past summer that were given to me by our campers! I hope to inspire you with these thoughts on Caring, so that you are able to put this core value into practice at home, in your schools, and in your communities.

 

“I think we all need to be caring to each other. We need to check to make sure we’re all okay in order to have fun.” – Lakota camper

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Campers celebrating their core values during Wawafest! Red = Caring!

 

“I like caring because it means to me that I actually feel like a family to other people” – Everly, Pokey Totem

“I like caring because people need help and you should be nice! Also, when someone wants help, help them!” – Brynn, Pokey Totem

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We all CARE about each other!

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How to Care, created at Wawafest!

“Caring makes the future!” – Jack, Pokey Totem

 

“When you’re sad you can have a caring friend to cheer you up!” – Jacob, Outpost

 

“At one point in your life you are going to have to care about a lot of your stuff” Harrison, Pokey Totem

 

Caring is: “Caring about nature, being there for someone, a person that you rely on, standing up to bullying, being nice to people even when they aren’t nice, and accepting people for who they are” – Wawafest Caring Campers

 

Please send any stories about #CoreValuesInAction to me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org and I will send you a super sweet Core Values t-shirt!

 

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of Fall! Come see us sometime soon in the Valley for an awesome atmosphere of brightly colored trees, crisp air, and yummy apple cider!

 

Peace, Love, Bibbley,

Lindsay

Lindsay Hutchinson

Director of Camp Wawayanda

 

 

Dear Session One Campers of 2015,

 

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for the best start of summer 2015 that we could have ever imagined. Not only were we the BIGGEST session one that Wawayanda has ever had, but we were definitely the funniest, most creative, and the best looking bunch there ever was.  We could always count on you, for making us laugh, for teaching us how to dance-off, or for singing TSwift with us.

We will never forget the mud fight on the slip and slide hill, the overnights in rain locations, our 1-week camper friends, Larping Day, the time we all got tattoos, the fireworks, and especially the meatballs on spaghetti night. We will keep these memories with us all summer long, and we thank you for giving us such an exciting two weeks to start off the summer.

We are SO proud of you. Each and every one of you! You have become better versions of yourselves, tried new and adventurous things, stepped out of your comfort zones, and made new friends. You have shown your counselors love, created magical moments with each other, and brought the Wawayanda spirit to life.

As you lay down tonight, and have your last sleep in the smelly cabins in Pokey Totem, or in the rustic cabins on the hill, we hope that you dream of summers to come. We will miss you when you leave tomorrow, and we wish you the best of luck in the school year.

 

With all of our love,

Lindsay, Nick, and Dom

 

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