The Compass LOS ALTOS YMCA ADVENTURE GUIDES J A N A U R Y 2 0 1 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Expedition Navigator’s Message Greetings Adventure Guides Friends, Camp Oakes is just around the corner January Navigator 1 20-22, so start working on those songs and skits. Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Message holiday. Snow has been light so far this year but hopefully Patch Display 1 we’ll get a little snow before camp. The Christmas Tree lot was a great success this Contest At the last Base Camp we discussed the idea of year so thanks to everyone who volunteered on Tree Lot 2 the tree lot. Los Altos YMCA board member introducing a new overnight activity each year. Success Last year we had an overnighter at the Natural Mark Sheldon again volunteered his time to run Focus On the tree lot and did an incredible job. One of History Museum and we’re still trying figure out 3 our biggest challenges was coordinating and updating something for this year. For next year we’ve Calling All 3 booked an overnighter in November on the aircraft the lot sign-up sheet but some good ideas were Writers carrier USS Midway (yes, I said aircraft carrier!) offered to help create an internet based sign-up Stocking and 4 sheet next year that will make it easier to sign- in San Diego which should be an amazing event. Toy Drive up and manage this process. As you see we’ve made some big changes to The Circle Chat 5 Also, thank you to the Totally Terrific Compass this month so enjoy and we hope you Tomahawks for sponsoring the Christmas gift like the new format. Calendar of 7 giving this year and to all the circles that donated Rob Berry Events stuffed stockings to the Long Beach Rescue Cuddlefish Circle Mission which was our charity this year. Expedition Leader Have questions or need info? Contact Sam Albrecht at the YMCA (562) 596- 3394 sam.albrecht@lbymca Patch Display Contest Start thinking and send in those cool ideas! Wondering what to do with all featured in the March edition of 3) Include your name, age, those patches that you’ve collected the Compass! circle and a brief description of over the years? - are they sitting your idea and how you came up in a drawer somewhere? Details: with it. If you can also submit a YMCA Strong Kids Announcing an exciting contest, picture of your idea- a drawing Campaign Kicks-Off 1) Submit your idea to Wendy open to all Adventure Guides or a picture of you showing us in February! Chavis (email@example.com) (children only please). Simply your display idea, that would be or Rob Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org) come up with a unique, interesting great but not required. by February 17th. Only one and useful way to display your submission per child please. 4) Please include your parent’s Adventure Guide patches. If your idea is chosen you will win a $5 email address and phone number 2) The top 3 ideas will win and certificate to Powell’s Sweet also, so that we can contact you will be announced in the March Shoppe in Belmont Shores if we have any questions. Compass. (yum!!!) and your idea will be Tree Lot Success PAGE 2 THANK YOU …to all of the Tree Lot volunteers! A huge thanks to Mark Sheldon for his dedication. We appreciate all of the time and effort and guidance that you provided to make it a success Mark Sheldon Some of our “junior volunteers” Brian who put in many hours “a signicficant helping Mark portion of the net proceeds from the tree lot goes to Many hands making the Adventure quick work of the Guide budget tree lot set-up... which helps keep our program costs down“ Upcoming Event Let there be snow...not Camp Oakes much yet though! January 20-22, 2012 THE COMPASS JANAURY 2012 PAGE 3 Focus On...The Mighty Tongva The Mighty Tongva is a father-son circle that was started in the range to 5th grade after everyone realized that the boys 1998 by two dads named Steve Hoy and Mark Bixby. Two and dads did not want out so early. Everyone loved going years later, Mark also started a father-daughter circle called to camps, getting together, the beach bonfires, walking in The Wild Wahinees. Both circles are still active and strong. the Seal Beach Christmas Parade, our annual Turkey Shoot They are primarily comprised of families that live in or near (paper target with B.B. guns), entering the pinewood the "Hole" (in Long Beach) and most of the sons and derbies, and all of the other great events held each year. daughters attend Kettering Elementary School. Mark Bixby The boys enjoy each other's company and look out for one tragically passed away last year. The current members of another. The dads get to know each other better and have a both The Mighty Tongva and the Wild Wahinees paid fun time while they do so. The third component is the tribute to him and his memory at the last Camp Fox during father-son bonding which creates awesome memories that Campfire. we all hope will last a lifetime. Back in the day, Mark Bixby hand carved a talking stick and There is a great sense of community in our circle and it drum that he passed down to the tribe when his son aged makes it really special for everyone involved. Last summer, out. We still use them at our monthly meetings and it's just Shereef Moustafa (our chief from last year) coordinated a one of the many ways that his legacy lives on in the Long great volunteer project to refurbish the garden boxes at Beach community. The host of each meeting has his son Kettering Elementary. Mike Lanterman, our most veteran beat the drum one time for each brave in attendance. Our Tongva (another former chief) along with Shereef, supplied monthly meetings usually involve dinner, an activity/ project/ me with a lot of great information about our circle for this craft, time to share out information about upcoming events, article. They both live on my block and recruited me early and time for our sons to pass the talking stick around our when they noticed my son was entering kindergarten. Their group's circle and share some thoughts. At the end of each pride for our circle and its history is contagious. It was meeting, the co-host's son once again beats the drum for passed to them and it has spread to me and to a tribe that each boy who was able to make it that night. The drum and currently has 13 dads and 15 boys. The Mighty Tongva has stick are then passed on to whoever volunteers to host/co- a great reputation and continues to thrive. host the next month's meeting. Victor Pravednikov The Mighty Tongva started off as a circle that accepted boys that ranged from Kinder to 3rd grade. The circle extended Calling All Writers... At the December Base Camp, the circle leaders discussed ways to get the kids involved in the writing and publication of The Compass...after all it’s really their publication so why not give them the opportunity to have some fun and help produce it. More details on this will be included in the February issue of The Compass. Stocking and Toy Drive PAGE 4 ...thank you On Saturday, December the number of filled stockings for your participation 17th; four members of the and gifts. A special thank in the stocking Total Terrific Tomahawks you to the circles that and toy drive.. circle gathered at the sewed their stockings Totally Terrific YMCA to gather all the before filling them with Tomahawks stockings dropped by the goodies. What a special Adventure Guide circles touch! as we arrived at the and delivery to Long Beach Once we packaged the mission, it started really Rescue Mission. gifts, we braved the rain to raining. The Long Beach “the Long Our circle is very grateful drive to the mission and Rescue Mission was very for all your generosity with deliver to items. As soon thankful for the donations. Beach Rescue Mission was very thankful for the donations.” Adventure Guide T-Shirts The Tomahawks loading the stockings for delivery to Surplus T-Shirts the Long Beach Rescue Mission from last year are available at the YMCA. Adult Kids Corner sizes only - $5 while they last. We will be ordering T-Shirts again this year. More info will be sent out to the circle leaders in January Coming next month... THE COMPASS JANAURY 2012 PAGE 5 Circle Chat Please submit an article about your circle news or holiday activities (pictures optional) or just a picture by January 31 to Wendy Chavis at email@example.com to be included in the February edition. Totally Terrific Tomahawks Stocking Filling Party by Damian The Tomahawks had a stocking filling party. We filled stockings for the Rescue Mission to give out to kids and grown ups that don’t anything. We filled 5 stockings and 3 gift bags, 5 were for boys and 3 for “the women. The stockings almost ripped open because we put so much stuff inside of them. I think the people who get the stockings will be really happy. It made me feel really happy to fill the stockings for stockings the people who don’t have anything and I want to do it every Christmas. While the Tomahawks were almost ripped here, we played Nerf and ate Christmas goodies. We also built Legos that Jennifer (Alex’s Mom) brought for us. I had a fun day. open because we put so much stuff inside them” Ocean Girls The Ocean Girls circle went to the set of a new TV show called "Whipped" for their November meeting. They got a special race-course tour in golf carts. They also got to build brick structures for the cars to swerve around and paint a special brick that may be visible during the taping of the show. Special "Thank You's" to Kirk and Amy Miller for their time. PAGE 6 Circle Chat (cont.) The Wild Wahines Go Big by Shereen Moustafa It was that time of the year again when we, the Wild Wahines, decided to Go Big! In the beginning, the awesome circle of dads and daughters started off by designing and decorating the float for the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. First we strung up the lights around the railing of the truck. Next, some of us hung ornaments on the sides of the vehicle while others decorated the float with all types of accessories. During that time, the Dads began to hang the banners. One of them said "Merry Christmas from the Wild Wahines" while the other two quoted our circle founder Mark Bixby's motto "Go Big Or Go Home". Soon enough we were able to setup the instruments that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Anderson were going to later play in the actual parade Later on, once our float had been setup at Mr. Wells house, it was time to go to the parade. All of us stepped into the float and road down to the parade area. While riding, all of the Wild Wahines were shouting and waving at random people "Merry Christmas!" or "See you at the Parade!" Finally, the parade began after a couple of hours waiting. The musicians played while we waved and shouted at people "Merry Christmas!", "Happy Hanukkah!", "Happy New Year!" and lastly "Go Big or Go Home!". THE COMPASS JANAURY 2012 PAGE 7 Circle Chat (cont.) Night around Naples by Kristin Berry For the third year in a row, the Cuddlefish had a great time going on the Duffy boats to see the Christmas lights in Naples. We had snacks, sang songs and welcomed some of our new members to it all. I think eve- ryone had a great time. Expedition Officers 2011‐2012 Calendar of Events Navigator- Expedition Leader Rob Berry- (Cuddlefish) Fri-Sun 1/20 -1/22/12 Camp Oakes firstname.lastname@example.org Campfire: Wild Wahines Elder - Previous Expedition Navigator Craft: Gary Farmer (Playanos Princesses and Komodo Dragons) Patch: email@example.com February - March Strong Kids Campaign Log Keeper – Records Meeting Minutes and Tracks Points Wed 3/21/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm Brad Denger (Pioneer Princesses & Pathfinders) - Wed 3/21/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 3/21/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm Event Coordinator – Coordinates Circle Sponsors for Events Sun 4/22/12 Huff & Puff Boat Regatta 1-4 pm Vacant Position YMCA Swim & BBQ Compass Newsletter Editor – Compiles Newsletter Articles Boat Regatta: Food & Beverage: Wendy Chavis (Totally Terrific Tomahawks) email@example.com Patch: Fri-Sun 5/11 - 5/13/12 Camp Surf (Imperial) check-in 4 pm Fri Webmaster - Updates Program Website (registration in Feb TBD) Patch: Charlie Stockwell (Brave Velociraptors) Fri-Sun 6/8 - 6/10/12 Camp Fox (Catalina) boat departs at noon firstname.lastname@example.org (registration in Mar TBD) Campfire: Outfitter – YMCA Staff Liaison Craft:: Sam Albrecht (562) 596- 3394 Patch: email@example.com Wed 6/20/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm June TBD Year-end Celebration FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Mailing label here Los Altos YMCA Adventure Guides 1720 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90815 Contact: Sam Albrecht Phone: (562) 596-3394 E-mail: Sam.Albrecht@lbymca.org Website: losaltosadventureguides.wikispaces.com/ Adventure Guides Compass Points The Adventure Guide program is based on the adventures of a parent and child and their Circles and Expeditions. At the forefront of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities. These points are broad enough in scope to allow for variety and creativity in designing activities. The four main points on the compass are the essential components of the program. The Family is True North – the focal point of the program. Nature and the camping experience are integral parts of the program. The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community, called a Circle. Fun is the magic of the program. The YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility make up the other directional points.