Camp Woodstock YMCA
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Posted on Jan 18, 2018 in Strong Kids Campaign

This past summer was a milestone at Camp Woodstock, we celebrated our 95th Anniversary! We continue to provide long-lasting and life-changing experiences to our campers. Over 180 kids in need had the opportunity to attend camp in 2017 and this was possible due to your valuable generosity, continued support, and time, THANK YOU!!! As many of you know, YMCA Camp Woodstock is an incredible place that has a lasting impact on each person who visits. Some of you may be alumni, who know first-hand the invaluable influence that just one session at camp can have in a child’s life, while others may be parents or family members who have allowed a child to experience camp. Regardless of our involvement, we can all admit that Camp Woodstock has affected each of our lives in one way or another. The goal of Camp Woodstock’s Annual Campaign is to help send kids that would otherwise not be able to attend. We believe that our CHoRR values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility help us make everyone’s experience at camp a great one. Our staff members are dedicated to ensuring that each child feels important and valued as they become a part of the Camp Woodstock family, a family that believes in encouraging one another and making each person feel appreciated. Thanks to friends and families like you, next summer kids in need will be attending the pines of Woodstock to get a taste of the camp experience. We are only able to accommodate these kids with help from people like you through our Annual Campaign. As this year, you can donate in one of three ways: 1. Donate here on the Camp Woodstock Website. Click Donate NOW and be sure to select Camp Woodstock as the designation for your gift. Consider a monthly gift. Just $5.00 a month will give a camper swim lessons for a week this summer. $10 a month will give a kid a week of evening programs. $25 a month will provide a kid with a week of daytime activities and $50 a month will send a kid to camp for a week. 2. Mail a check directly to camp at: YMCA Camp Woodstock, 42 Camp Road, Woodstock Valley, CT 06282 Please make all checks out to: YMCA Camp Woodstock Annual Campaign 3. Answer when we call! We will begin our phone-a-thon campaigns in January and you will have an opportunity to make a pledge to our Annual Campaign when one of our volunteers contacts you. Once again I would like to thank you for your consideration of a gift. Together we can truly make a difference, one child at a time. Best wishes, Ivo Jáquez II Annual Campaign...

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Alumni Spotlight – John Healy & Bill Parkman

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in Alumni

Camp Woodstock alumni John Healy (70’s – 80’s) and Bill Parkman (60’s – 90’s) both started at Woodstock as campers and worked their way up to support staff. Bill also became the full-time caretaker of camp in the early 80’s. We were happy to welcome both John and Bill back to camp at the 95th Celebration in June. John is currently enjoying his role as the Director of Exercises and Assessments for U.S. European Command. As a Brigadier General in the Air Force, John and his wife Catherine are living in Stuttgart, Germany. After his tour is complete in 2020, John will be rejoining JetBlue as a pilot and his position on the Camp Woodstock Board of Advisors. As a volunteer, John was instrumental in establishing the partnership between UCONN and Camp Woodstock in developing and collecting data for our summer camp through Parent Surveys. This relationship with UCONN continues today as we had over three hundred parents fill out the survey in 2017. This data helps Camp make improvements and changes based on data collected from our surveys. John is still an active volunteer at Woodstock participating in monthly meetings via Skype. Bill is currently living in Swanzey, NH. He is teaching our next generation of community leaders at Monadnock Regional High School. As the 2017 Senior Class Advisor, Bill with his booming voice and gift for storytelling gave a rousing speech at the graduation ceremony. He remains connected to Camp Woodstock on renovation projects and attends the Memorial Day Family Camp. Bill was an active Committee Member in planning the Woodstock 95th Celebration and took all of us who attended the celebration on a wondrous Lion Hunt at campfire! Bill continues to volunteer for the YMCA and is the current Board Chair at YMCA Camp Takodah in New Hampshire. Parkman recently retired as a Chief Petty Officer after 26 years of service in the Navy. Uncle Sam had him travel all over the world, but now that he is retired he plans on traveling on his own dime visiting Europe this summer. Camp Woodstock welcomes alumni participation in our many events through the year. Attend our wine tasting event in May, volunteer to help send a kid to camp at anyone one of our phone-athons or note-athons in January and February, help welcome new campers to the Woodstock family in the summer or just visit camp when you have those nostalgic feelings. Contact the camp office for more details or schedule a personal tour with Executive Director, Anthony Gronski...

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