What in life is fun, will always be free, is easy to pass around and is wanted by all?
Some say it’s medicinal. Some say it’s contagious. Some pass it on easily while some share it only with close friends. But we all need it. Imagine going through life and never laughing! Think about a friend whom you know wishes he or she could find something to laugh about in this very moment.
Studies will tell us that laughter relaxes our entire body, boosts our immune system, works out those abs, helps get those endorphins flowing through our system, and some even say it improves the function of our blood vessels. On top of the physical benefits, laughter can draw people to us, it can relieve tension in the middle of a tough team situation, and it can even give a person a different perspective (especially as the physical stress lessens through laughter).
So how do we pass laughter on? Simple. We laugh. It’s contagious. Try it with the next person you meet. Ask them something like: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you? If they’re adventurous, get them talking about a great adventure. If they work with kids ask them about the funniest thing a kid ever said. If you’re a kid, ask your parents! They might stare at you funny for asking, but then you’ll be the one laughing so the process will have started. You’ll be another step forward in living a healthy life. It only takes one laugh! Will you pass it on?
February 24th, 2014 by admin
103 days ‘til Summer Camp!
Campers and Parents…are we ready for some Summer Camp fun?
Summer Camp is just around the corner. If you visit our homepage (www.campwood.org) you’ll see that our countdown says we have 103 days from today until the first day of summer camp begins! Take some time to browse through our camps at: http://www.campwood.org/kansas-summer-camps/ ($25 Early Bird registration fee discount expires at midnight on February 28th.)
As we prepare for campers and staff, we are excited to see you who have been a part of Camp, and the new faces who will join us. Weekend groups are enjoying the company of each other and the fun they find spending time at Camp Wood YMCA, with our awesome sunrise and sunset view of the Flint Hills (we think it’s an added bonus)! This past weekend we had students with the Mosaic group, from Emporia State University, exploring leadership and diversity. It seemed like any time we entered the room someone was facilitating a fun activity that led to a greater understanding of those who were here. The cultural backgrounds in the room just made it look like fun!
As we continue to develop our summer camps for children and youth, a major focus is on youth development. Here at Camp Wood YMCA this means providing our campers with a chance to interact with others from various backgrounds, helping us all develop a love for the differences we see in each other. We hope to see you this summer…or any time you are in the area!
*Special thanks to the Emporia State University Mosaic group for letting us make you famous on our site with your group picture!
Enjoy your week… one day at a time.
February 17th, 2014 by admin
What if life really were as simple as the now common phrase of “Live, Laugh, Love”? Imagine if in the middle of living this out we could really understand how to treat others how we want to be treated?
What would the world look like if we all shared our gumdrops…one gumdrop at a time? (See the latest Saturday Somethings…)
Today’s national holiday was first created to remember and to celebrate our first President and those who have followed. This week, together, we want to celebrate the people around us who live, laugh and love with us; the people who daily treat others how they want to be treated. Years ago someone created the gumdrop. No one knew it would one day get it’s own holiday. The holiday is barely recognized, but the gumdrop is well-known.
Imagine what the world would look like if the impact of people who truly treat others how they want to be treated; while living, laughing and loving, is seen. The people may not become famous, but the impact will be known. Imagine if we all could learn to live this out. The world would be full of gumdrops…and more! Celebrating others…something to think about this week.
February 10th, 2014 by admin
Picture Rocky Balboa, running along the ridge of a Siberian mountain. The setting is Rocky IV. His goal: the defeat of an enemy, or so he thinks. Whether you’ve seen Rocky through a never-ending re-run, as a 70s child, or you’re because you’re an 80’s kid; the picture is still there. Paulie is at the mountain to cheer him on in his own Paulie way. At times his words seem rough. Coach Mickey is there in his heart. The team is there.
Rocky pulls a snow sled in a knee-deep, almost blinding snowfall as he trains on a mountain ridge. He even climbs a mountain. He is pushed to his limits. All to become the fittest he has ever been. The world says he can never accomplish what he has set out to accomplish, but Rocky is not alone in his goal. His team is there. Paulie, Coach, Adrian, his fans; they are all there. Could he do it alone?
Who’s team are you on? Valentine’s Day encourages us to spend time with the people we love (don’t forget the chocolates we mentioned last time). Is there someone who needs you to join them on a mountain-top; to show them they are not alone? Maybe someone you haven’t thought of needs “a box of chocolates?” Or better yet, maybe someone needs you to share their chocolates so they don’t eat the entire box, leading to discouragement in their healthy eating plan after Valentine’s day (I’d help)! Maybe that person will even let you poke the middle of each chocolate to be sure it’s the kind you like!
This year on Valentine’s Day maybe we can ask a different question: “Who’s team am I on to help reach a goal that will help bring a smile to someone who needs it?“ Who needs that box of chocolates?
February 3rd, 2014 by admin
Love is a well-used word, but what is love? We love our families, our friends, our animals, our favorite food, a new shirt, nap time, coffee drinks; and as we look at this picture taken down the road from camp in Cottonwood Falls, we may love nature, the smell of a hoped for spring, or the color of the coming sunset. With Valentine’s Day in site, we even experience love as it relates to buying chocolate!
So what does any of this have to do with camp? At CampWood, we LOVE to see healthy kids! As we consider healthy living in the life of a camper, the YMCA considers the Spirit, Mind, and Body. One of our goals (along with fun) is to encourage our campers and staff to develop a balance in all areas of life. If we love ourselves for who we are in our actions, our thoughts, and our beliefs; and if we love those at camp with us in the same way, maybe we can demonstrate a bit of what love is about.
After all, aren’t we advised to love our neighbors as ourselves? In doing this we live out our core values of caring for each other, respecting each other by treating others how we’d want to be treated, responsibility for the choices we make, and a goal to be honest in our day to day life. Maybe that’s a bit of what love is?