The Compass LOS ALTOS YMCA ADVENTURE GUIDES F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 1 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Expedition Navigator’s Message Greetings Adventure Guides Friends, April looks to be a busy month for our program. Navigator 1 We have our sleepover at the La Brea Tar Pits It’s hard to believe that we are already half-way Message through our program year. Time goes by fast. which is open to families and should be a lot fun. Camp Oakes 1 Thanks to all the Circles that participated in Also in April is our Huff & Puff Boat Regatta at Strong Kids Campaign this year. The Adventure the Y. Boat kits should be available soon. Sam Strong Kids 2 Guide program raised more than $3,000 this will send out an e-mail when the kits arrive. Campaign year. Overall, the Long Beach Metro YMCA And don’t forget to sign-up for Camp Surf on La Brea Tar 2 Strong Kids Campaign raised more than April 14th at the Y. Pits Event $700,000. For those that still wish to make a Rob Berry donation, contact Sam Albrecht at the Y. Cuddlefish Circle Focus On.. 3 Ronald 4 McDonald House Circle Chat 6 Calendar of 9 Events Have questions or need info? Contact Sam Albrecht at the YMCA (562) 596- 3394 sam.albrecht@lbymca YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Kicks-Off is underway! Camp Oakes 2012 We are starting a new tradition (or is it an old tradition that we are bringing back) of taking a group photo at each camp. Camp photos can be downloaded from our website losaltosadventureguides.wikispaces.com for free or a print can be ordered through our Los Altos Adventure Guides Shutterfly website losaltosadventureguides.shutterfly.com. PAGE 2 Los Altos Strong Kids Campaign Each year in February, the Los Altos YMCA’s staff and volunteers engage in raising funds that will help sustain our families throughout the year. Our programs, such as Childcare and Day Camping provide relief for working-parents who need assurance that when they are unable to be with their children, their children are in a safe and stimulating environ- ment. For many children growing up in the city, a week long stay in the mountains, learn- “...our Summer ing Archery, Canoeing, Horseback Riding, and participating in other exciting activities, such as those provided at our Summer Residence Camp, is a life-changing experience. Residence Camp These programs are just a couple of examples of the many ways the Los Altos YMCA is a life changing makes a difference in the lives of those we serve. experience.” In fact, for well over half a century, the Los Altos YMCA has been providing programs that build the spirit, mind and body of youth and families working and residing in our sur- rounding communities. For many of our families who are struggling financially, this has only been possible through the generosity of others. In other words, it gives those who “have” the opportunity to provide for those who “have not”. We know you understand the great impact YMCA programs have on youth and families and hope you will consider whether you are able to assist the YMCA in this effort and make a difference in the life of another. Jeremy Echnoz Executive Director - Los Altos YMCA Upcoming Event Page Museum - La Brea Tar Pits Sleep Over April 6-7, 2012 http://www.tarpits.org/ Still time to sign-up - open to family members THE COMPASS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 PAGE 3 Focus On... We hope to be able to feature a different circle each month in this column, so that we can learn about the history of your circle, who is in your circle, what activities you enjoy together, what you love about Adventure Guides, and what makes your circle tick! We thank the circles that have participated to date, and encourage other circles to submit their story to email@example.com. The next Compass will feature the Wild Wahine Junior Editor Program Hey Kids, we need your help! We need you to be a part of “Team Compass”. This new program will get the kids more involved with the newsletter. The Junior Editors (one from each circle) will make suggestions regarding newsletter content, and will bring articles, news and pictures from their circle to be included in the Compass each month. The Junior Editors will meet for one brief meeting at the Y each month along with the Editor, to assist in putting the Compass together and getting it all set to send out to everyone. We’d love to have each circle represented in the Jr. Editor program- you may want to have a different Jr. Editor represent your circle each month so that everyone gets a turn to participate. So please send me the name and email of your circle’s Junior Editor for April, by April 5th (at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be in touch with more information. Wendy Chavis AG Kids’ Quotes The April edition of the Compass will include a new feature called: "AG Kids' Quotes- What our Adventure Guides are saying". Each month will feature quotes and thoughts from the kids in response to the question(s) of the month. The questions for next month will be: “What was your most memorable moment or favorite thing at Camp Oakes and why?” So have the kids think about that question and email their responses to email@example.com and we will print them in the March edition. PAGE 4 Ocean Girls at Ronald McDonald House The Ocean Girls circle spent door to Millers Children's behind - the - scenes tour 2 nights in January cooking Hospital and Long Beach and really enjoyed preparing for the families at the new Memorial Care and can the food in the well designed “...we encourage other Adventure Guide Circles to Ronald McDonald House of house about 12-15 families kitchen areas. We encourage help out at the Ronald Long Beach. They prepared that are having an extended other Adventure Guides McDonald House.” enough food for about 25 stay near the hospital. This circles to help out at the people each night and were incredible charity houses and Ronald McDonlad House of Ocean Girls able to enjoy this new, feeds families who have chil- Long Beach, it was a very amazing facility. The Ronald dren that are at the hospital rewarding experience for McDonald House opened up overnight. The Ocean Girls both the kids and the parents. in December 2011, just next were able to get a great Ronald McDonald House 500 E. 27th Street Long Beach CA 90806 www.longbeachrmh.org. Volunteering Opportunities: Julie Bynon Office 562-285-4308 firstname.lastname@example.org Having fun with Ronald The Ocean Girls cooking at Ronald McDonald House Long Beach Adventure Guide Online Store Buy Los Altos Adventure Guides T-Shirts and other Circle specific products at the Cafe Press website www.cafepress.com/losaltosadventureguides. Thanks Charlie Stockwell for creating the online store. Event Idea for Circles THE COMPASS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 PAGE 5 Adventure Guides in the 1970’s PAGE 6 Circle Chat Wild Wahine’s at Zedler Marsh by Gabby Sanders WOW!!! What an awesome time the Wild Wahine’s had at the Los Cerritos Wetlands…Well, I guess you probably want to hear more info then that, right? OK, well on March 3, 2012 my Adventure Guide group, the Wild Wahine’s, planned an outing for habitat restora- tion at the Zedler Marsh region of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. In case you might not know where that is, it is located right on the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach. Many of us drive by it almost every day not knowing it is more then just a big puddle, it is actually one of the last remaining natural California Coastal Wetlands left. Our group decided it would be an adventurous outing and also give us all a chance to learn more about Zedler Marsh and the Wetlands. Ryan, the group leader, taught us about the different types of endangered species that have lived there for maybe centuries like the Savannah Sparrow, the California Brown Pelican and the Tiger Beetle to name a few. These species are endan- gered because the vegetation and once thriving tidal salt-water marsh that used to exist has been slowly dying off due to neglect and misuse in the past. We decided it would be a great opportunity to give back and help restore the Zedler Marsh by helping plant trees, shrubs and other vegetation that have grown there naturally forever. It was really a fun time, we all got to get filthy dirty and dig around in the mud and it was for a good cause. Ryan and the rest of his helpers, who were awesome and taught us so much, were blown away at how many trees and shrubs we planted. They dug us 150 holes and we filled every one of them with plants! All of us were really excited after we were finished and we got to see what we had done. It will be really cool to go back there soon and see how big the trees we planted are getting and know that it might be a new home for some baby Savannah Sparrows or Tiger Beetles. Please, if you get the chance, have your Adventure Guide group or even if it’s just you and your parents and friends sign up for a future planting. Trust me, it will make you feel good inside and you won’t regret it. You can find out more about trash cleanups, habitat restorations and more at www.LCWetlands.org. THE COMPASS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 PAGE 7 Circle Chat Totally Terrific Tomahawks Fun with Skits by Damian We went to Camp Oakes in January, we had a good time, but it was miserably cold and not very fun on the first day. We didn’t get to have a snowball fight, but we tried to make a fort out of ice. When we tried shooting (rifles and archery) on the first day, it was super hard to hit the target and it stung our hands (from the cold and wind). There was a mouse in the lodge and we trapped it outside, we think it got eaten because a cat was outside when we trapped it. It was warmer on Sunday and I was able to hit the target in rifles. I did not want to leave Camp Oakes; I wanted to spend one more night. Brave Raptors- Eaton Canyon Hike On a warm day this fall the Brave raptors set out to explore the canyons above Pasadena. What they found was little tropical paradise after a short 1.5 mile hike. Eaton Canyon and the 50 foot water fall falls that mark the top of the trail. This is truly a hidden paradise and so close to bustle of the big city. While our group held a quick circle meeting and enjoyed their packed lunches, the boys got to explore the canyon and creek. One boy even decide to brave the frigid waters for a quick dip. Brrrr. We all strongly recommend this as an easy family hike with great waterfall to mark your destina- tion. www.ecnca.org/ PAGE 8 Circle Chat (cont.) Wild Wahines at Camp Oakes by Larkin Wells Last month our group attended Camp Oakes. This was kind of sad because it’s my last year as a Wild Wahine, so I don’t know when I’ll get to go back to Camp Oakes again. A lot of our group went on Friday and had lunch in town, then went tubing at a place that makes their own snow. Then we went to camp to get moved in. We got to stay in the lodge this year for the first time ever. It was awesome. There were four rooms, and two big bathrooms, so the dads took 1 bathroom and 2 rooms, and us girls took the other bathroom and 2 rooms. It was great to not have any smelly and snoring dads in our room. Saturday we had ropes and the rockwall in the morning. Both were really hard in the wind. Some of the smaller girls, when they lost grip on the rockwall, would get blown around in the air hanging by the rope. It was cold too. The first time I tried to climb, I quit about half- way up because I couldn’t feel my fingers. After I rested and warmed back up, I tried again and made it to the top to ring the bell. Then we had a long break before our next activity, so we worked on our skits for campfire. The dads wanted to go for a hike, but none of us wanted to go out in the cold wind anymore. After archery and rifles, it was time for dinner. Then it was the best part of the weekend, campfire. There were lots of great skits! Our group did 3 skits. I really liked the “Gigalo” skit that some of the older girls from another group did. It was clever. Sunday we had breakfast, packed everything up, and went to the Alpine Slide. It was my first time doing it, and I thought it was super fun! We rode down two times. The first time I went slow because I was a little scared, but the second time I raced my dad. I went as fast as I could, but he weighs a lot more so he went faster. It was a great way to finish off the weekend, and it’s a weekend I’ll remember for a long time. Tomahawks’ Trip to the Los Angeles Zoo The Tomahawks took a trip out the Los Angeles Zoo on March 10th. We were able to check out the new exhibit –LAIR- ( Living amphibians, invertebrates & reptiles) It was pretty cool! We had fun looking at all of the animals– one of our favorites was the chimp exhibit. The orangutans and gorillas were pretty fun to watch too!! THE COMPASS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 PAGE 9 Circle Points (as of February) Circle Points Expedition Officers 2011‐2012 Tongva 357 Navigator- Expedition Leader Tomahawks 304 Cuddlefish 286 Rob Berry- (Cuddlefish) Blue Halite 283 email@example.com Wild Wahines 274 Elder - Previous Expedition Navigator Pioneer Princesses 256 Gary Farmer (Playanos Princesses and Komodo Dragons) Red Strikers 215 firstname.lastname@example.org Ocean Girls 180 Log Keeper – Records Meeting Minutes and Tracks Points Pathfinders 179 Snow Flakes 154 Brad Denger (Pioneer Princesses & Pathfinders) - Wolf Rangers 140 email@example.com Dukes 95 Event Coordinator – Coordinates Circle Sponsors for Events Tiger Lilies 85 Cheetah Girls 70 Vacant Position Riptides 70 Compass Newsletter Editor – Compiles Newsletter Articles Brave Raptors 40 Shadow Monsters 40 Wendy Chavis (Totally Terrific Tomahawks) Anderson Circle (new) 0 firstname.lastname@example.org Blue Dolphins 0 Webmaster - Updates Program Website Sea Bears 0 Seals 0 Charlie Stockwell (Brave Velociraptors) Squirrelly Nature Girls 0 email@example.com 3028 Outfitter – YMCA Staff Liaison Calendar of Events Sam Albrecht (562) 596- 3394 firstname.lastname@example.org March/April Strong Kids Campaign Wrap-up Wed 4/18/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm Fr-Sat 4/6– 4/7/12 La Brea Tar Pits 7 pm Fri - 9 am Sat Sleep Over Sun 4/22/12 Huff & Puff Boat Regatta 1-4 pm Please submit an article about your circle news or holiday activities (pictures optional) or just a picture by April 5th YMCA Swim & BBQ to Wendy Chavis at email@example.com to be Boat Regatta: Wild Wahines included in the April edition of the Compass. Food & Beverage: Fri-Sun 5/11 - 5/13/12 Camp Surf (Imperial) check-in 4 pm Fri (lottery registration on April 14th at 9 am at the Y) Wed 5/16/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm Fri-Sun 6/8 - 6/10/12 Camp Fox (Catalina) boat departs at noon (lottery registration on May 5th at 9 am at the Y) Wed 6/20/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm June TBD El Dorado Park Camp Out 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.
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