Camp Woodstock YMCA
"The Friendship Camp"

Exciting Changes for Summer 2018

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in Camp Updates

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 who enjoy a unique experience separate from other age groups where they develop a close-knit friendship with peers and counselors. “This is one of our most popular programs” Anthony Gronski continued, “To see such a diverse group of teenagers singing, cheering, communicating, and learning new skills while having pure fun in a positive atmosphere is truly magical. They talk, laugh, share stories all looking each other in the eye. I can’t think of any other place that brings such a young diverse group of coed teenage campers together quicker and stronger than the Yurt program.” The Yurt expansion doubles the number of spaces for eligible campers. Foundations have been installed and construction will continue throughout the winter and spring months.    Youngest Girls move to Cabin 17 With the movement of additional older girls from main camp to the Yurt Village enables a shift of the youngest female campers from a somewhat isolated Cabin # 1 to Cabin # 17. Cabin # 1 located between Pop’s Lodge and the Boathouse has been in the middle of many camp activities to include the main path to the waterfront. This move gives our youngest girls added privacy and will lead to greater companionship and friendship with all other girls located in girls camp. This also clearly establishes three distinct areas in camp. All girls will be housed together on the south side of Pop’s Lodge while all boys will be housed to the north of Pop’s Lodge. The common program area from the basketball courts to include the cabin field, Pop’s, the council ring and the waterfront area will separate the two residence areas of main camp which has long been a strategic goal of the Camp Woodstock Master Plan. Cabin # 1 Re-purposed as Camp Trading Post The camp store (Trading Post) currently located inside a corner of Pop’s Lodge will move to a larger and more practical location as a standalone Trading Post in re -purposed Cabin # 1. The store will have a much larger area and will be organized in a way that invites campers, camper families and staff inside for the purchase of items such as tee shirts and camp essentials, while food items will be offered via window service. Additionally, the new location adjacent to the patio and cookout area...

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Celebrating 95 Years in the Pines of Woodstock

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 in Camp Updates

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 on Saturday morning, summoning everyone to head down the trail to the dining hall for lineup and breakfast. The morning was filled with traditional camp activities led by alumni now famous for teaching them: Robin (Silver) Grace led archery competitions, Craig Doucette ran outdoor cooking, and Katie (Pfaffmann) Pescatello taught tie-dying at arts & crafts. Michelle (Doucette) Rawcliffe sold camp merchandise from the trading post and the waterfront was open for swimming, boating, and cannonballs off the new jumping platform.     Later in the day, Dr. Hatchet (Mike Sherman) simultaneously spooked and delighted Woodstockers of all ages during Family Friendly C.H.A.O.S.  A Camp Woodstock museum was set up in Pop’s Lodge so alumni could share their photos and yearbooks. In the afternoon, the Camp Woodstock Board of Advisors shared plans for camp’s future while Woodstockers enjoyed dessert Fruit Pizza made by Susan Sherman and Melany Gronski, and Whoopee Pies made by Darlene Moore.     Saturday evening dinner started, as all meals at camp do, with lineup, announcements (baseball scores), and grace. This dinner was special, however, because Connecticut State Representative Patrick Boyd presented a certificate signed by the Governor certifying this day, June 17th, 2017 as Camp Woodstock Day. Happy campers then ate spaghetti and meatballs while cheers and songs rang nostalgically throughout the dining hall. The evening campfire was led by former program director Susannah McGlamery. Entertainment included a skit by recent alumni pretending to be the Board of Advisors, a lesson in how-to moose walk, an elaborate lion hunt, many repeat-after-me songs including “The Princess Pat,” a hilarious version of “I’m Glad I am an LIT”, and a visit from two Chief Acquttimaugs! Camp Director Tony Gronski gave a poignant state-of-the-camp address before the campfire concluded with a candle lighting ceremony, the camp Hymn, and Peace and Taps. Those that were exhausted from the day fell fast asleep in their bunks while others gathered around quiet campfires  to continue reminiscing about their time at camp. Sunday morning’s breakfast was pancakes and “Dunderback” sausages (cooked proudly by Bill Parkman, John Healy, Mark Dale & co.)! After breakfast, guests had the option of going to chapel, which was led by Mike Sherman and concluded with Renee Goucher, longtime Woodstock nurse, leading the group in song. Other Woodstockers relaxed and took in the beauty of camp. The final activity...

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Summer 2017 Dance Themes

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 in Camp Updates

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

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 in Camp Updates

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. Celebrate Our History Since camp’s humble beginnings in 1922, thousands of people have swam in our lake, walked under our shady pines and made lifelong friendships. Please join us in celebrating the impact Camp has made on so many lives. Our story is your story. Help us capture Camp Woodstock’s history by bringing your old photos, yearbooks, and Woodstock memorabilia. We hope to display items during the reunion and preserve memories for future generations. The 95th Celebration Weekend Register now to reserve your spot for the weekend of June 17-18, 2017!  Come to play your favorite camp games, sing traditional songs at the campfire, or just come to talk and relive memories down by the lake. To cover the cost of food and staff we are asking for $95 to enjoy the entire weekend’s events or $75 for Saturday only. Children under 6 are free!   While registering you will have the option to request a cabin, reserve space for a tent, or let us know if you have plans for off-camp lodging.  We will do our best to accommodate cabin requests but space is limited. Cabins may need to be shared by multiple families. Click here to register for the 95th If you think you can’t make it to this event, but want to hear about future reunions, please provide your updated information using this form. Tentative Schedule of Events Friday June 16th 7:00pm– Check-in Program Lodge 7:30pm– Meet & Greet (S’mores)   Saturday June 17th 8:15- Breakfast (Line-up & Flag) 8:15-11:00 – Check-in 9:15-11:45 – Waterfront & Open Activities (Such as: Ultimate frisbee, tours of camp, climbing wall, arts & crafts) 12:00- Lunch (Line-up & Announcements) 1:30-2:30 – Rest Hour & Generation Meetups 2:30-5:00 – Waterfront & Open Activities                 (Such as: Outdoor cooking, yard games, basketball, archery) 2:30-4:00 – “Family Friendly” CHAOS 4:00-5:00 – Visit with the Camp Woodstock Board of Advisors 5:30- Dinner (Line-up, Flag & Group Photo) 6:30- Evening Boating 7:30- Campfire Celebration 9:15- Vespers and Peace & Taps   Sunday June 18th 6:30- Sunrise Meditation & Yoga 8:15- Breakfast (Line-up & Flag) 9:15- Chapel 10:15-11:45 – Boating & Scavenger Hunt/Dutch-Auction/Trivia 12:00- Lunch (Line-up) 1:30- Goodbye! All events are optional. If you have suggestions please email   Who is Already Coming? Below are just some of the people already coming. Register today to add your name to the list!   Alexis Alban Cahill Diane Belcher Sarah Bonner Chris Cahill Michael Coulom Meaghan Creydt Samuel Creydt Daniel Cunningham Katherine Cunningham Maxwell Cunningham Theodore Cunningham Mark Dale Melissa Dale...

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We’re having a SCORCHER today!

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Camp Stories, Camp Updates

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.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in Camp Stories, Camp Updates

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 that camp empowers her, but what is even more incredible is how she empowers her campers and her peers alike through her amazing positivity and caring. In the fall, Alissa will be studying Spanish in the Honors Program at the University of Delaware, and we wish her all the best. Lets get a loud Yay! Rah! Rah! for...

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