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Posts made in November, 2011

A thought of the day…

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011

A Modern Thanksgiving Wherever you are, you could celebrate Thanksgiving today. Not the Thanksgiving of a bountiful harvest before the long winter, the holiday of pilgrims and pie. That’s a holiday of scarcity averted. I’m imagining something else… A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things: The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and… The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create. There are more of both now than there have ever been before. For me, for you, for just about all of us. Thanks for joining me every day, thanks for your support, but most of all, by a long shot, thanks for doing the work, work that...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2011

The Winter Holidays are my favorite time of year – I cannot wait until the first snow fall! I love being snowed in at Camp and just enjoying the beautiful scenery. There’s just something about Camp when it snows! We are working really hard (but having fun!) to get ready for some amazing events that are coming up – we hope to see you there! http://ycamp.org/documents/2011BreakfastwithSanta.pdf...

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5k Gobbler Run & Family Fun Walk

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011

This weekend marked our 5th Annual 5K Gobbler Run and Family Fun Walk. The weather could not have been any better for the race with sunny skies and warm temperatures. With over 200 runners and plenty of walkers, this years 5K was our most successful Gobbler Run to date. We would like to thank all of our racers, walkers, and sponsors for helping us raise funds for our Strong Kids Campaign this year. We hope to see you next year!...

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Miss Spider's Tea Party

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011

One lonely spider sipped her tea While gazing at the sky. She watched the insects on the leaves And many flying by. “If I had friends like these,” she sighed, “Who’d stay a while with me, I’d sit them down on silken chairs And serve them cakes and tea.” Two timid beetles – Ike and May – Crept from the woodwork that same day. But when Miss Spider begged, “Please stay?” They shrieked, “Oh no!” and dashed away. Three fireflies flew inside that night, Their spirits high, their tails alight. They spied the web and squeaked in fear, “We’d better get away from here!” The little trio did not feel They’d care to be a spider’s meal. Four bumblebees buzzed by outside. “Please come to tea!” Miss Spider cried. The four ignored her swaying there. She waved a tea towel in the air. She took a cup and tapped the glass. Then one bee spoke to her at last: “We would be fools to take our tea with anyone so spidery.” Within the shadows of the room, Just peeking from behind a broom, Five faces bobbed and peered. Miss Spider smiled.  Her heart was cheered. Descending for a closer look, She danced into the gloomy nook But sadly found those jolly mugs Belonged, alas! to rubber bugs. Some ants strode in, they numbered six, But ants with spiders will not mix. She brewed them tea from hips of roses; The proud platoon turned up their noses. A fine bouquet concealed its prize Of seven dainty butterflies. Miss Spider, watching from the wall, Was not aware of them all. The tea table was set for eight With saucers, cups, and silver plate. The cakes were fresh, the service gleamed, Yet no one would arrive, it seemed. Her company in no demand Left her a cup for every hand. Nine spotted moths kept safe and warm In shelter from a thunderstorm. They stood beneath an open sash And watched the jagged lightning flash. Miss Spider dropped down on a thread, A silver tray above her head. She’d hoped to please them, but instead… They flew away in mortal dread! “They’ve left me all alone,” she cried. She dabbed her eyes and sadly sighed. “It’s plain no bug will ever stay.” Her tears splashed down upon the tray. Ten tiny steaming cups of tea Were perched atop her trembling knee. She sipped and sobbed, then heard a cough And turned to see a small wet moth – A fragile thing so soaked by rain, His wings too damp to fly again. She smiled and took a checkered cloth To cloak the frail and thankful moth. They talked and snacked on tea and pie Until his tiny wings were dry. Then lifting him with tender care She tosses him gently in the air. The moth told Ike, then Ike told May, Who went...

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We're Thankful!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! I stopped by the School’s Out Program at Cranberry Pines and I found a ton of turkeys! The kids were making these awesome centerpieces for their Thanksgiving Feast – so cute!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011

Do you know my favorite thing about Thanksgiving? Blue Feather dinner. I have a proposition to all of our fellow campers, staff, and alumni. Wear your favorite banquet shirt this Thursday and don’t be afraid to belt out your favorite village cheer. Wear green, wear red, or wear blue and this way our entire camp family can enjoy Thanksgiving together. Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at camp!

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