It’s that time of year again when we all set new resolutions. We look for ways that we can change and improve ourselves, or find something better that we could be doing, or in some cases stop doing (I need to stop eating the sugar cookies at Casey’s – they’re delicious).
Camp Wood YMCA is not immune to setting goals for the New Year. 2017 was a pretty incredible one for us at camp. We had record numbers of kids, ran some new programs, and continued to grow. But we are not ones to sit back on our current successes because we believe in never settling. We always want to be better. We know there are more children, families, schools and groups who could benefit from camp. We know those that do utilize us can continue to have a great experience, and we want to find ways to improve upon those experiences. So how do we do that? Well, that is what we as a camp team are digging into.
So, as we go into the New Year, here are a few of Camp Wood YMCA’s resolutions:
Service – We are looking at every aspect of our camping experience and finding ways were we can better serve all campers and guests. How do we make registration easier? Where are areas of camp we can make more comfortable for our guests? We want to make sure that none of our campers, guests, or families have to sweat (metaphorically speaking).
Program Development – We want to be running the best possible programs in the country. How do we do that? In our view it is by focusing on four elements.
Magic - The extra effort to create a unique and memorable experience.
Skill Development - Creating a safe environment where participants can gain confidence and competence in any given area.
Values Based - All programs based on role modeling the ideas of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and I’m Third.
Community - A feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Everything we do as we approach this summer will be focused on consistently following these virtues. As we strive for excellence in all aspects of Camp and as we consider the many families and groups that we serve, we remember that the reason we strive at all is because of you. We wouldn’t be dreaming of doing more without you and the love & support you have for camp. This last year has been amazing for Camp Wood YMCA, but we are excited to see what 2018 has for us and everyone that experiences camp throughout this next year.