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Exciting Changes for Summer 2018

Yurt Village Expands! Grants totaling $90,000 have been awarded to Camp Woodstock to expand the very popular Yurt Village. Executive Director Anthony Gronski and longtime Woodstock volunteer Carey Greene teamed up to write several grant applications that have been instrumental in creating a series of strategic changes for 2018 and beyond. A $45,000 grant from YUSA was matched by a grant from the Rorabach Fund which together has provided the funds necessary to construct an additional Yurt as well as expand the Yurt Bath House to accommodate the increase in Yurt campers. The Yurts are designed for our oldest session campers ...
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Alumni Spotlight – Diane Belcher & Shelby Harris

Diane and Shelby at the 95th Celebration! Diane Belcher and Shelby Harris are proud Woodstocker Alums who met at Camp Woodstock in 1989 and are happy to remain great friends in Boston to this day!  Diane started at Woodstock in 1980 as a Nipmunk.  After 2 weeks, she called her parents to see if she could stay for 2 more weeks and she went on to be a regular 3rd and 4th session camper. Diane became an LIT and then came back as a 2nd year LIT (What we currently call the CIT program) she then extended another four weeks ...
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Give the Gift of Camp

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 ...
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Alumni Spotlight – John Healy & Bill Parkman

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, ...
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Celebrating 95 Years in the Pines of Woodstock

Over 200 Woodstockers came to camp for the 95th Anniversary Celebration June 16th - 18th. Alumni from the 1950s-2016 brought their loved ones, including many future Woodstockers, to experience camp, some for the first time. It was a perfect weekend to gather, reminisce, and reconnect. Those who arrived on Friday night were greeted by rain, but it did little to diminish the Woodstock Spirit. Upon arrival, Woodstockers made their way to the twinkling lights of  Pop's Lodge to get their cabin assignments, roast marshmallows, and find old friends. Just like old times, camp awoke to the ringing of the bell ...
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Summer 2017 Dance Themes

Session 1- Sweet Treats Vs. Fruits and Veggies: dress as your favorite fruit, vegetable, or candy Session 2 – Dinosaurs Session 3 – Product Characters: dress as a brand mascot; Mr. Clean, Tony the Tiger Session 4- Extinct Jobs: dress up like a job that is or is going extinct;  milk man, taxi driver ...
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95th Reunion Celebration, June 2017

You’re Invited! The Woodstock Board of Advisors would like to invite you to celebrate our 95th year. We’re calling on former campers, staff, board members, and other friends to join us for a weekend event at Camp Woodstock. Feel free to bring your family, significant other, or future Woodstockers to what we hope is our largest celebration to date ...
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We’re having a SCORCHER today!

Woah! The weather reports are for some serious heat today! Never fear, we'll still have fun in the Pines. We will be making sure all of our friends are SUPER hydrated and covered in sun lotion...and, as a special treat we are having a Morning Free Swim! Campers will get a chance to cool off in Black Pond twice today! We'll be bringing you photos of all the fun soon! Stay cool today! ...
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Staff Spotlight: Alissa S.

Meet Alissa, one of our amazing Senior Counselors at Camp Woodstock and most recent recipient of the Staff Creed Award. During her time on staff, Alissa has handled every curveball thrown out her with grace and integrity and we couldn't be more proud of her achievements. She credits former staff member Hannah Aitken for showing her the value of constantly improving, and she has made that commitment to improvement clear. She can be found doing anything and everything at camp, which is where she says she feels most at home and she feels she can better the world. Alissa says ...
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Staff Spotlight: Shane M.

Meet Shane, the Senior Counselor who was chosen to be the Reaper for Session 2 CHAOS! Now in this 6th summer at camp, this Fairfield, CT native showed his stuff this past session by always doing a great job with quiet grace. We are so lucky to have Shane here at Camp Woodstock! He comes back again and again because everyone here is friendly, but everyone at camp knows that they can always rely on Shane to be a friend too! Shane also says that he likes to be able to stretch himself and step outside of his comfort zone ...
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