It is that time of year again where summer camps starts to begin to slow down and “try” not to think about next summer.It’s that time when everyone to be daydreaming about being out in the prairie, the smell of campfire, the hot sun that will beat down on you throughout the day. However, there’s always one thing that is okay to think about and that is the memory of the friendships made, memories that stemmed from it and begin wondering what will happen next summer.
Before truly immersing into the thought of what is to come, the best way is to try and relive what has already happened. The summer of 2019 for Camp Wood YMCA was a year of change for everyone. Camp not only took on one major project, but several. To name just a few; camp built a new part of the adventure course, yurts were put up to replace our beloved platform tents, our store got a drastic makeover and of course there was new management on camp.
Even with all the changes that happened throughout camp, the ultimate goal was still how to make sure anyone who came to camp felt the magic that everyone talks about when leaving. Camp magic is something that is taken very seriously because it’s definition means something different to anyone that comes here. Camp magic is a feeling people get whether it’s from sleeping out in the gaga pit, to wearing trash bags over their bodies to go to camp out, to seeing the oldest teen boys sizzle their hearts out for everyone that was brave enough to get up on stage for the Talent Show.
The amount of camp magic this summer showed through immensely because we saw an increase in our numbers for our traditional campers. We also have already been receiving an influx of pre-registrations for next summer compared to previous summers meaning that spots are starting to fill up fast (especially for our most popular specialty camp Basic Horse Camp).
Even though it is only October and the thought of summer is in the back of people’s minds, there are many ways to experience the Camp Wood magic again throughout the year. To insure everyone is able to have that warm feeling they get when they come back next summer we have a few events this year to help with that:
October 20th Community Campfire:This event is a time to get to see some of your favorite leaders from this summer and have dinner and participate in a campfire.
October 25-27 Harvest Camp and Harvest Horse Camp:Harvest Camp which is for anyone that is 7-17 from friday night to Sunday morning and our newest addition, Harvest Horse Camp, which is a limited weekend camp for ages 8-17. This is a little introduction of what it’s like to be in our most popular specialty camp, Basic Horse Camp.
December 13-15 Winter Camp: Winter Camp which is for anyone that is 7-17 from friday night to Sunday morning and our newest addition, Winter Horse Camp, which is a limited weekend camp for ages 8-17. This is a little introduction of what it’s like to be in our most popular specialty camp, Basic Horse Camp.
Hope to see you or your camper next summer and maybe even sooner!