LOS ALTOS YMCA ADVENTURE GUIDES
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Expedition Navigator’s Message
Greetings Adventure Guides Friends Oakes as their new Camp Director. So
Navigator 1 Camp Surf was fun as always. The while we’re sad to see Sam leave, it’s a
Message weather on Saturday was perfect and I great opportunity for him and we’ll still
don’t think I’ve ever seen as many peo- get to see him at Camp Oakes. No pres-
Reminder 1 sure Sam, but we are expecting big things
ple in the water surfing, boogie board-
ing or just having fun as this past camp. from you at Camp Oakes.
Huff ‘nPuff 2
The Gaga Ball pit was packed as usual. Also, as our program year winds down,
Huff ‘n Puff 3
Camp Fox is coming up in a few weeks let’s start thinking about next year, and
Focus On.. 4 and please note that the boat spread the word to friends and acquaint-
ances that might be interested in starting
5 is leaving at 6 pm this year. Rumor has a new circle next year, or joining an ex-
Circle Chat 6 it that Camp Fox has built a Gaga Ball isting one. They are more than welcome
pit too. If you haven’t signed up yet but to attend our year end pool party in June
are interested in going, check with Sam
at the YMCA.
– I think there still may be a few spots
Community 8 .
Points , 9
On a sad note, we’re losing Sam
Calendar Albrecht, our YMCA Outfitter at the Rob Berry
end of this program year. The Camp Cuddlefish Circle
Director at Camp Oakes has retired
and Sam will be returning to Camp
Have questions or need
info? Contact Sam
Albrecht at the YMCA
(562) 596- 3394
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rD
7-8 PM AT THE YMCA
Fun at the
Our Official Starter
↓ huff ‘n puff!
Head Chef and Griller– awesome job!!
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The Brave Velociraptors
When the Brave Velociraptors get together, who has more fun? The sons or their dads?
If you asked our sons, they would probably tell you about any one of the many amazing first time experiences that they have
done while part of the program. From sleepovers to campouts, from waterfalls to long hikes, or from crafts to rifles and ar-
rows. Our kids come back from the outings with many memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
However, if you ask the dads in the circle, I think you will get a resounding response. We have a great group of men who
have all come together to teach and guide our sons through this journey. We are all discovering how to be better fathers while
rediscovering what it is like to be a child again. Bottom line is the dads are enjoying this just as much as the boys.
The Brave Velociraptors came together for the first time in 2009. Founded by a small group of fathers who’s sons were in
school together at school at St. Joseph’s Elementary. Since then our group has grown to 12 families including boys from
other local schools. Our group is made up of boys around 7-8 years old but we have recently been joined by younger brothers
and cousins. We plan to pass this circle on to this younger crew.
The Brave Raptors have been well known at the camps for our campfire songs. Our songs have really brought all of us to-
gether as a circle. Before our first trip to Camp Oaks, my son and I were trying to figure out a fun thing that our circle could
perform at the campfire. I was strumming my guitar and I asked my son “What do you like most about Adventure Guides?”
He responded “I like the things we make”.
“Hmmm” I thought to myself. I hummed it back to a “D” Chord.
“What else do you like about the adventure guides?” I asked.
He replied “I like the time we spend together.”
“Ok”. I followed it with an “A” Chord and paused. I grabbed a pencil and starting writing furiously.
The gears were rolling in my head and shortly after our first circle song called, “Big Bear Woods” was written. We has been
performed it at Camp Oaks each year since.
Big Bear Woods – Brave Raptors Camp Oaks Song
I like the things we make Away from school and moms Chorus
I like the times we take We are growing strong Raptors are dinosaurs
I like the times we have We are Brave Raptors now who grow up big and strong
Hanging out with our dads Learning things and how Just like our dads
On a weekend trip to the Big Bear woods On a weekend trip to the Big Bear woods We are moving along
Since then our circle has created a Camp Fox song that all of the kids help write (See Below). They performed it last year for
the first time at Camp fox. This May will be the Raptors first time at Camp Surf. We will have to see what we come up with
I have such fond memories of the camping trips, hikes and outings that I did with my dad in the Indian Guides programs. I
never realized how much my father must have enjoyed it until I experienced it as a father. I am thrilled that I can give my son
and the other boys in our group the same kind of experience and memories that I had from this program when I was young.
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Camp Fox Song
Of all of the places that I have been,
Wherever I go, I'll take the memory of this place.
I'll remember Catalina and hanging out with my “Our songs
Sunny Catalina, A camp Fox day.
Wherever I am, I will always have these friends.
Dad, can we come back again next year,
Thanks to our dads for bringing us to camp again. brought all
With all of my friends, I will meet you here.
I caught my first fish from the pier today, Repeat Chorus
My dad helped me bait the hook with the smelly bait.
I swam in the cove, oh it was so cold. a circle”
My dad he wouldn't go in, he said he was too old.
I shot an arrow for the first time today, Repeat Chorus
I even hit the target it was a bale of hay
We are Brave Raptors, one and all.
We like hanging out, we are having a ball.
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Wolf Rangers are getting a head start on Mother's/Father's
Day gifts at Paint n' Glaze off Studebaker and Carson.
Greetings all Compass If you join, you will also be automatically noti-
fied of upcoming events, base camp meetings,
Readers, deadlines, as well as when new content is
Over the past program year, as a webmaster, it has You may also order a printed copy of the Camp
been my goal to improve the Los Altos Adventure Oaks Group Shot. Just navigate to the linked
Guides Wikipages site. photo and choose, “Order Prints”, from the
Shutterfly website. An 8x10 is only $3.99.
Please visit the site at: Camp organizers are going to take a group shot
http://losaltosadventureguides.wikispaces.com. at all future camps, so start collecting the
The goal is to make this the starting point for exist-
ing members as well as a tool to solicit new mem- Also look for the “Buy T-shirts and other
bers , for information regarding joining an existing LAAG Products” link on the LAAG website
circle or forming new circles. Please share this site or go to:
with your friends, families, teachers, administrators http://cafepress.com/losaltosadventureguides.
of your schools or other community leaders to dem-
onstrate to them, all that Adventure Guides has to You can purchase “Growing Stronger To-
offer. gether” t-shirts, mugs, or bags. Each product is
printed to order and is very high quality, and
Spread the word about the program and the site by long lasting.
using the Facebook button on the homepage to
share with your social network. Also use the Submit your own custom designs or ideas for
Google+ button to share with your Google friends. designs and I will make a product set just for
As we know, the Adventure Guides is an amazing
community program and if you have spent any time
at any of the camps and events at the local YMCA, Feel free to make suggestions regarding the
you undoubtedly have met other great members in website. My email is email@example.com
this community of ours. In order to share memories, and is also posted at the bottom of the LAAG
photos, videos and more with this community, I website homepage.
have created a Members Only– Shutterfly page.
You can request access by following the “Photos–
Member Only” link on the LAAG Website or by Sincerely,
going directly to : Charlie Stockwell (aka, “The Webmaster” )
This allows you to share your memories of Camps
and other outings and keep it in the community of
This month we feature Beach Cleanups..
More community service opportunities will be featured
in next month’s edition
1. Seal Beach Save Our Beach conducts a Monthly Beach Cleanup, normally, on the 3rd Saturday of the
month from 9:00 am to Noon at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st Street, Seal Beach. Check in the parking lot at
the Blue Canopy.
Please bring garden/work gloves, reusable water bottle and trash grabber so that we make less trash. Our trash
bags were donated bywww.everybodygreen.com and were made from recycled plastic bottles. You'll need to bring the
bags back to the blue canopy and take out recycle items and then empty remaining trash into the blue dumpsters.
2. Long Beach - Save our Beach First Sat. of month:
One Piece At A Time conducts a Monthly Beach Cleanup, normally from 9 a.m. to Noon where Termino Ave.
meets the sand in Long Beach..
Take Termino Ave. South until you enter a parking lot and park. Look for blue canopy and you're there. (Location is
between the Belmont Pool and the Belmont Pier).
Use the map at right for directions.
Please bring garden/work gloves, reusable water bottle and trash grabber so we make less trash. Please bring
trash bags back to the blue canopy so we can consolidate bags and reuse them.
3. Justin Rudd’s Monthly 30-Minute Beach clean ups
WE MEET on the 3rd Sat. of each month at 10 a.m. at 1 S. Granada Ave. (@ Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90803) in Belmont Shore, to help rid the beach
of trash and debris. Free parking. (next clean up June 16th)
JUST SHOW UP
You are welcome to show up by yourself or with your group. Average attendance each month is 200 participants and all ages are well represented.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER forms are available upon request at the conclusion of each cleanup. These forms can be returned to your school officials to
help satisfy required volunteer service hour credits.
BAGS AND GLOVES
are provided by the Community Action Team (CAT). And, please bring a recycled bag if you can.
Volunteers are asked to wear shoes and sunscreen. We will meet RAIN OR SHINE.
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Circle of the Year Summary
As of: 5/18/2012
mun. We want to feature your awesome pic-
Circle Points Svce
Wild Wahines 509 tures from Camp Surf and Camp Fox in
Tongva 447 the next issues of the Compass. Share
Cuddlefish 401 the fun and special memories by up-
Brave Raptors 350 loading your pictures to our Shutterfly
Pioneer Princesses 341
Blue Halite 283 site (as described in the Webmaster ar-
Ocean Girls 280 X ticle on page 7) or emailing directly to
Red Strikers 280
Wolf Rangers 260 me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snow Flakes 209
Adventure Sisters 150
Shadow Monsters 125
Tiger Lilies 85 Expedition Officers 2011‐2012
Cheetah Girls 70
Navigator- Expedition Leader
Rob Berry- (Cuddlefish)
0 4703 email@example.com
Elder - Previous Expedition Navigator
Calendar of Events Gary Farmer (Playanos Princesses and Komodo Dragons)
Wed, 5/22/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm
Log Keeper – Records Meeting Minutes and Tracks Points
Brad Denger (Pioneer Princesses & Pathfinders) -
Fri-Sun 6/8 - 6/10/12 Camp Fox (Catalina) boat departs at 6pm firstname.lastname@example.org
Campfire: Event Coordinator – Coordinates Circle Sponsors for Events
June TBD Final Adventure Guide Event TBD
Compass Newsletter Editor – Compiles Newsletter Articles
Wendy Chavis (Totally Terrific Tomahawks)
Webmaster - Updates Program Website
Charlie Stockwell (Brave Velociraptors)
Outfitter – YMCA Staff Liaison
Sam Albrecht (562) 596- 3394
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
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.